California Educator

December 2015

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A Mother's Love Love Twelve Miles Long by Glenda Armand tells the tale of a young Frederick Douglass and the mother who walks a great distance to see him. The faith she has in her son puts him on a path to escape enslavement and become a champion of human rights, an influential writer and speaker, and an unforgettable leader. The book is a California Reads recommendation for grades 3-5. As we welcome 2016, we toast educators and their families everywhere and wish them a fabulous new year. May it be filled with wondrous discoveries, rich and varied experiences, and much laughter and joy — inside and outside the classroom. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is January 18 "History is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lied the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them." —Martin Luther King Jr. Help students put in perspective the historic leader's life, his impact on the civil rights movement, and his significance to American culture and history. Check out classroom resources at lessons/mlk-day.html. HAPPY NEW YEAR! 8

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