Through December, students are participating in workshops and activities based on the book “Name Is Jason. Mine Too.: Our Story. Our Way,” by Jason Reynolds.
School of the Nations is participating in an International Literary Society initiative this semester. Twenty-five of our students in Grade 5 are collaborating with their peers from Tapestry Charter School in Buffalo, New York.
Students participate in online workshops focusing on developing five competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making, as described by the Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) model.
Skills such as reading and comprehension are also part of the initiative’s curriculum. In addition, students are developing social and emotional skills and enriching their global perspective by focusing on specific social and emotional learning outcomes in a cross-cultural (Buffalo–Brasilia) group setting.
Buffalo State College students are facilitating the book study and providing participants with cognitive learning strategies to strengthen literacy skills they can use at home and school.
As part of the project, the founder of the organization STITCH Buffalo is teaching students how to create a textile art tapestry with materials provided by the School. It will express the themes of Jason Reynolds’s book My Name Is Jason. Mine Too.: Our Story. Our Way. Through Zoom, students will also meet the author, Jason Reynolds, on May 1, 2023. When completed, the tapestries will be displayed at School of the Nations and the Tapestry Charter School in Buffalo, New York.
The culminating project will be a cross-cultural anthology authored by the students at both schools and facilitated by Buffalo State College students. The anthology will be published and placed in the school library at School of the Nations and the Tapestry Charter School.