Monthly Spotlight: Poetry Month (April)
Deaf History Month
National Deaf History Month is celebrated from March 13 through April 15 to commemorate the achievements of people who are deaf and hard of hearing. The time frame is spread across March and April in recognition of three turning points in deaf education history dating back to the early 1800s. On April 15, 1817, America’s first public school for the deaf was opened. On April 8, 1864, Gallaudet University — the world’s first institution dedicated to advanced education for the deaf and hard of hearing — was officially founded. And more than 100 years later, on March 13, 1988, Gallaudet hired its first deaf president in response to its students’ Deaf President Now movement.
So often we turn to poetry in times of celebration, in times of loss, in times of wonder and of healing. What pleasure then to celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Month together as a community! We have been through this historic year “alone together,” riding the kaleidoscopic waves of emotion that have undoubtedly sprung from the isolation, the hope, the rest, the exhaustion, the moments of joy at not having much LA traffic, the unexpected silver linings of eating more meals together or watching our children grow right before our eyes! These details make up the poetry of life! National Poetry Month was born in 1996 at the Academy of American Poets, with the intention of bringing the cultural importance of poetry and poets more into the mainstream. Our “main event” for the month will be our own exploration of poetry as we begin to tiptoe toward life as we knew it a bit more, allowing a safe place for all of those emotions to land. WISH mom and poet, Julia Alter, will lead our scholars in a poetry lesson that will let them express and explore and process these feelings in the form of poetry. We will set up a FlipGrid for students to share their poems. Additionally, our librarians will be sharing some wonderful books for readers of all ages. Our Spotlight Series will continue, this month focusing on inspirational poets from many different walks of American life.
Eugene Hairston - Ground breaking American boxer. Please click the arrow to read more.
Juliette Gordon - Founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Please click the arrow to read more.
Jacqueline Woodson - Master of children's literature. Please click the arrow to read more.
“I think one thing I want to do as Young People’s Poet Laureate is make sure all people know that poetry is a party everyone is invited to. I think many people believe and want others to believe that poetry is for the precious, entitled, educated few. And that’s just not true. Our children’s first words are poems—poems we and our listeners are delighted to hear and eager to understand. Rap is poetry. Spoken word is poetry. Poetry lives in our everyday. I’ve read some of the most poetic tweets, listened to poetic voice messages and snippets of dialogue between teenagers.To which I have to say: four more years.
Shel Silverstein - Poet, singer-songwriter, children's book author, cartoonist and screenwriter. Please click the arrow to read more.
New York Public Library - https://browse.nypl.org/iii/encore/search/C__Sdeaf%20history__Orightresult__U?searched_from=header_search×tamp=1617403743650&lang=eng
ASDC is a resource for families with deaf children
Brittanica Parents - https://parents.britannica.com/poet-amanda-gorman-inspires-kids-with-speech-disorders/
Inspirational article for parents of children with speech disorders about Amanda Gorman overcoming and thriving with auditory processing issues
Public Broadcasting System Southern California - https://www.pbssocal.org/five-teacher-poets-share-favorite-writing-prompts-children
Favorite writing prompts for children from teacher-poets
Wednesday April 14, 2021
Please join us for a very special Deaf History Month panel hosted by WISH Academy ASL teacher Ms. Jade Tipton and students from the WISH Academy High School ASL club. Details will be posted in the WISH Wise Weekly.
A unique video will be created and linked here this month featuring contributions from members of our WISH community. Please check back soon.
Women's History Month - March - Please click the arrow to expand
Dr. Farah Alibay (33 years old), is a Canadian Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) who has worked on the InSight, Mars Cube One and Mars 2020 missions. Born in Canada to immigrant parents from Madagascar, she was raised in England and earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Cambridge University in aerospace and aerothermal engineering. In 2014 she earned her PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). While working on her PhD she interned at JPL and was hired full time soon after. In 2019 she joined the Mars 2020 mobility team. Her job is to make sure the rover doesn’t get lost on Mars. She and her team of 50 will be controlling all the Perseverance’s movements on Mars! Dr. Alibay works on diversity and inclusion in STEM, both to support them in her work environment and to ensure others don’t face the same challenges she did as an LGBTQ+ immigrant woman of color.
To kick off our celebration of Women's History Month we are offering some bedtime entertainment!
Here is a link to our Padlet with a special section of read-aloud books that our librarians recorded. Bring your favorite screen to bed and let someone else read the story to your child! PLEASE keep coming back to the padlet as we will continue to share more throughout the month.
- This website is a collaboration of the National Gallery of Art, Library of Congress, Smithsonian, National Archives, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, National Park Service, National Endowment of the Arts .
- Visit the History Channel has a wide range of resources and can guide you to resources about Women Leaders, Women In Sports, Women in the Arts and Women in Science.
- The Smithsonian has organized its resources about Women’s history into themes including activism, art, science, sports and more.
Black History Month - February - Please click the arrow to expand
“The Lived Experience of Black Leaders at WISH” Panel Discussion
rican Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles. In California, she successfully petitioned a court for her freedom and quickly used her skills as a midwife and nurse for her livelihood. She saved her money and purchased land in what is now the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Mason became one of the wealthiest landowners in the city. She supported charities that helped feed and shelter the poor while also being instrumental in founding an elementary school for Black children. To learn more, visit the Biddy Mason Memorial Park downtown.
Websites to explore
Museums and Online Events
- Link to panel talks and lectures this month from the US Government’s African American History Month Homepage
- Browse the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture