In honor of the brave ones who have left behind everything they know, for an uncertain search of a chance to survive and, ultimately, thrive, I invite you to think of this: In times of crisis and desperation, how can one find joy?

Students listen to and reflect on Amanda Gorman's powerful poem, which she recited at the 2021 presidential inauguration.

Create connections and invite creativity through this virtual or in-person activity in which students share an intriguing object, then write and share a poem about a classmate’s object.

Invite young young people to enjoy and reflect on a video recitation of the uplifting poem Sometimes. 

A poem, a free-writing exercise, and class sharing can provide support for middle and high school students during this difficult period.

This online activity provides a supportive virtual space where students can connect and gather strength during the coronavirus pandemic.

This online activity provides a supportive virtual space where school staff can connect and gather strength to support our students during the coronavirus pandemic.

The poem Yes, by William Stafford, is a timely one to share with students and colleagues, either face to face or virtually. Here, a reading and suggestions for how to reflect together on the poem. 

Morningside Center's Daniel Coles shares the poem "Shoulders" by Naomi Shihab Nye, and suggests ways to use the poem in your classroom.

Students explore why it is important for people to be able to tell their own stories and relate that to Black History Month.