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November Giveaway – Native American Heritage Month, Holocaust Remembrance, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving

November is a time for Native American Heritage Month, Holocaust Remembrance, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving. Honor and celebrate in your classroom with our fantastic FREE resources. All you have to do is sign up! Please send us an email at info@analyticorange to receive high-quality, research-based thematic lesson resources every month.

November Giveaway

Textbook Award Winner: Analytic Orange

We are proud to announce that the Textbook and Academic Authors Association, which reviews K-12 and College textbooks, selected Analytic Orange’s Kindergarten social studies textbook for this prestigious award! 

Analytic Orange’s Florida History Makers – Kindergarten Social Studies: Myself, My School, My Community, written and developed by Dr. Kim Mogilevsky, Shawn Mabry, M.Ed., Shari Markowitz, Stephanie Mahler, M.A.C.E., and edited by Monica Sherwin, M.A. 

What did the ​​expert reviewers say? 

  • charming and should engage the age group”

  • “features engaging graphics and drawings that appeal to children”

  • “offers vivid and helpful SlideShares

  • “the neuroscience-based lessons are a wonderful strength”

The Textbook and Academic Authors Association ( is a nationally-recognized professional organization. TAA provides a wide range of professional development resources, events, and networking opportunities for textbook authors and authors of scholarly journal articles and books. 

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Cooperative Learning is SEL

What is Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)?

There is no denying that social media has had a tremendous impact on how we humans interact. “Children today just don’t care, are irresponsible, don’t contribute to society, and are not very knowledgeable about the world when compared to children twenty to thirty years ago,” is something I have heard many adults say. For some children, not all, this statement is hard to deny, but why is it true for so many? There is no denying that social media has had a tremendous impact on how we humans interact. Could this be why so many of our youth lack empathy, discipline, character, and collaborative problem-solving skills?

Regardless of the cause in behavioral changes in adults and youth in the last twenty to thirty years, some would argue that these descriptors are indicative of a need for stronger social and emotional skills. The learning of these skills is commonly referred to by educators as Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and is defined as the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions (Casel, 2019). 

“There is broad agreement among educators, policymakers, and the public that educational systems should graduate students who are proficient in core academic subjects, able to work well with others from diverse backgrounds in socially and emotionally skilled ways, practice healthy behaviors, and behave responsibly and respectfully (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2007; Greenberg et al., 2003)” (Durlak, Weissberg, Dymnicki, Taylor, & Schwllinger, 2011, n.p.).

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) provides a framework identifying five core competencies within three settings.

Decades of research found that social and emotional learning incorporating the above five competencies resulted in increased student academic performance 11 percentage points above students who were not in such programs. (Durlak et al., 2011). The social and emotional learning programs also reduced aggression (by as much as one-half) and emotional distress among students, increased helping behaviors in school (prosocial behaviors), and improved positive attitudes toward self and others. Outcomes were immediate and long-lasting (up to three years after intervention) (Schonert-Reichl, Smith, Zaidman-Zait & Hertzman, 2012; Santos, Chartier, Whalen, Chateau & Boyd, 2011; Cain & Carnellor, 2008).

Illinois and Kansas have adopted social and emotional learning standards and have begun implementing three distinct phases of social and emotional learning programs: readiness, planning, and implementation. “The most common problem when implementing SEL programs is a lack of teacher and administrator support for the program (Durlak, et al., 2011).” Vega (2015) noted knowledge-building, developing an SEL framework, ensuring teacher capacity and readiness to implement SEL, ongoing professional development, lesson evaluation and feedback, and systemic monitoring of implementation and outcomes must all be considered when implementing an SEL program otherwise significant setbacks will arise.


Cain, G. & Carnellor, Y. (2008). ‘Roots of empathy’: A research study on its impacts on teachers in Western Australia. Journal of Student Wellbeing, 2(1), 52-73. Retrieved from

Casel. (2019). What is SEL? [website]. Retrieved from

Durlak, J.A., Weissberg, R.P., Dymnicki, A.B., Taylor, R.D., & Schwllinger, K.B. (2011). The impact of enhancing students’ social and emotional learning: A meta-analysis of school-based universal interventions. Child Development, 82(1), 405-432. Retrieved from

Santos R. G., Chartier M. J., Whalen, J. C., Chateau D., & Boyd, L. (2011). Effectiveness of school-based violence prevention for children and youth: Cluster randomized controlled field trial of the Roots of Empathy program with replication and three-year follow-up. Healthcare Quarterly, 14, 80-91. Retrieved from

Schonert-Reichl, K. A., & Lawlor, M. S. (2010). The effects of a mindfulness-based education program on pre- and early adolescents’ well-being and social and emotional competence (PDF). Mindfulness, 1, 137-151. Retrieved from

Vega, V. (2015). Social and emotional learning research review: Avoiding pitfalls. [website]. Retrieved from

Instructional Materials Should Reflect the Readers

“If you can see it, you can be it” is an adage educators who work with diverse populations know to be true. How important is it for students who are not white to see high-achieving people who look like them in the instructional materials presented to them in class? What might be the implications for “business as usual” textbook and instructional materials selection mean for students of color?

Oprah’s O Magazine ran a photo-essay titled “Let’s Talk About Race” by Chris Buck in May 2017. Perhaps you have seen the photos in the magazine or reported by CNN, The Huffington Post, or on Tumblr. The three photos show a white girl looking at rows of African American dolls in a store, a white woman serving a Latina woman tea, and several white women providing professional pedicures to Asian women. Did the images cause you to pause and reflect? What does this have to do with instructional materials? Actually quite a bit!

Research has demonstrated the benefits of a culturally diverse curriculum – not just the images, but points of view, too. “The Century Foundation Report” by Wells, Fox, and Cordova-Cobo (2016) stated, “Supporting the growing body of evidence on the educational benefits of diverse classrooms, researchers have found pedagogical value inherent in having multiple vantage points represented in classrooms, helping all students think critically about their own views and develop greater tolerance for different ways of understanding issues.” Dr. Ladson-Billings (1992) noted, “It (culturally relevant pedagogy as an approach) uses the students’ culture to help them create meaning and understand the world. Thus, not only academic success, but also social and cultural success is emphasized.” Diverse perspectives and images in instructional materials are extremely important for academic growth and the social emotional well-being for all students.

The majority of U.S. school teachers are white females according to Education Week’s article published June 5, 2019. Our job as professional educators is to ensure all students reach their highest potential and that includes closing the academic achievement gap for minority students. Don’t rely on your overwhelmed classroom teachers to gather additional resources to supplement the monochromatic/majority (white) instructional materials the district provides. Actively seek out educational publishing companies like Analytic Orange that put inclusivity and minority point-of-view first (not as a counterpoint). “Multicultural education can be taught to all children and is beneficial to all children” (Patrick Coggins, Ph.D., J.D., L.L.D., Jessie Ball, & Shawnrece D. Campbell, Ph.D.).

Does the curriculum your district has purchased and provided to schools reflect the students who will be reading and learning?


Ahuja, Masuma. “These Photos Are Meant to Turn Our Racial Assumptions on Their Head.” CNN. May 19, 2017. Accessed June 08, 2019.

Coggins, Patrick, Ph.D., J.D., L.L.D., and Shawnrece D. Campbell, PhD. “Using Cultural Competence to Close the Achievement Gap.” The Journal of Pan African Studies2, no. 4 (June 2008): 44-59.

Ladson-Billings, Gloria. “Toward a Theory of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy.” American Educational Research Journal32, no. 3 (1995): 465-91. doi:10.2307/1163320.

Loewus, Liana. “The Nation’s Teaching Force Is Still Mostly White and Female.” Education Week. February 20, 2019. Accessed June 08, 2019.

Staged-Photography. “Staged-photography.” August 19, 2017. Accessed June 08, 2019.

Stuart Wells, Amy, Lauren Fox, and Diana Cordova-Cobo. “How Racially Diverse Schools and Classrooms Can Benefit All Students.” The Century Foundation. April 03, 2017. Accessed June 08, 2019.

Workneh, Lilly, and Lilly Workneh. “These Profound Photos Masterfully Turn Racial Stereotypes On Their Head.” HuffPost. May 18, 2017. Accessed June 08, 2019.

Have a Wonderful Summer!

The 2020-2021 school year has been one for the history books! At Analytic Orange, we hope you can take time off, rest, relax, and recharge. Unfortunately, many teachers still must work.

If you have the time, please check out these interesting articles!

Education Week: Summer School is More Important Than Ever, But Teachers are FRIED and NEED a Break 

We Are Teachers: Companies That Hire Teachers 

Resilient Educator: Summer Self-Care for Teachers

The Best Are Teachers

Where are all the teachers?

Teacher Shortages: A Temporary Problem?

If you follow the news, you know teacher shortages are a hot topic all over the country. At the time that this blog was written, 193 news articles were posted in the last month about this issue. City and state newspapers report the plight of countless schools that started up this fall without teachers for many classes. In Florida alone, 3,578 teaching positions were unfilled by the first day of school. (1) A school district in Nevada struggles to operate while dealing with a deficit of more than 400 teachers. (2)Districts are forced to utilize poorly qualified substitutes and even administrative staff to manage the gap. 

It is concerning, but is it a fleeting problem? According to the Economic Policy Institute, it is not. Teacher shortages tripled between 2012 and 2016, and the pool of applicants continues to sharply decline. (3) College and university records show that enrollment for an education degree has dropped 35% in just five years, so help is not on the way. (4)

Not only are fewer college graduates entering into the teaching profession, but more early-career teachers are defecting to other jobs. While there are a few reasons for this mass exodus, experts claim that providing early-career support can decrease turnover. (5)

With our background in education and publishing, we saw this troubling trend and resolved to be part of the solution. Analytic Orange was conceived to meet the needs of educators today, supporting both teachers and administrators with tools paired with a robust curriculum. The student-friendly, Social Studies Interactive Workbook provides everything K-6 students need to learn and understand history from multiple perspectives, but teachers do not have to run and make copies or learn some difficult program. Most publishers expect a teacher to slog through hundreds of pages in a Teacher Supplement to prepare each lesson. Analytic Orange has put each lesson into a slide presentation. Even a novice substitute can run the presentation, read the slide notes to the class and teach a perfect lesson, just moments after walking into the classroom. 

Social Studies, the study of human society, is needed now more than ever because our communities are in chaos. Unless students have a thorough understanding of society, we cannot expect them to become effective citizens and leaders because a civic mindset requires a solid foundational understanding of Social Studies. While we can’t solve the teaching crisis, we have come up with a solution that can help your students become civically competent, so check out AO’s Social Studies Interactive Workbook today!




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