POPEY’s Latest Recommendations


What If . . . ? Then We . . .Short, Very Short, Shorter-than-Ever Possibilities by Rebecca
Kai Dotlich

Rebecca Kai Dotlich is the author of one of POPEY’s favourite books - One Day, The
End: Short, Very Short, Shorter-Than-Ever Stories
. If you’ve been in a POPEY workshop in
the last couple of years, you’ve probably heard us read it as a mentor text. We are
very excited to announce that Rebecca has just released a new book that has quickly
become another POPEY favourite: What If…? Then We…? Short, Very Short, Shorter
Than Ever Possibilities
. As Amazon notes, “ Two polar bear friends have a thrilling
adventure as they imagine solutions to a variety of possible situations; their story will
show readers how to create their own tales in response to the question "What if...?" in
this ingenious picture book.” We look forward to incorporating this wonderful text into
upcoming POPEY workshops!


A Walk in the Rain With a Brain by Edward Hallowell, M.D

Tying in nicely with brain-based research and the Core Competencies and SEL, this
book encourages children to appreciate and understand how everyone’s brain is
different and special. If we focus and reflect on the different ways we each think and
learn, we can uncover our unique strengths and talents, and use them to shine!


The Good Egg by Jory John

Another great story that supports students’ well-being and reminds us about the
importance of taking care of ourselves and accepting others, just as they are. The
Good Egg feels the pressure to be perfect, which proves challenging when everyone
else around him is more rotten egg than good egg. Follow him on his journey of
self-care and acceptance, as he heals his cracks and figures out how to be with his
friends again, even though they’re different from him.



Helping Students Light Up & Shine
Blog from Center for Responsive Schools

The Center for Responsive Schools provides supports for educators, to help create safe
and caring classroom communities. Their Responsive Classroom approach offers
courses and workshops that help educators set the stage for weaving SEL strategies
into academic content. They’ve also recently launched a line of books to help kids
develop strategies to support their social emotional learning.


Guide for Developing Future Leaders
Blog from We Are Teachers

This guide includes links to various articles and lesson ideas that support students as
they build up their confidence, resources, and leadership skills by developing their
social emotional competencies



Raffi Foundation - Online Course in Child Honouring
Raffi & former POPEY District Partner, Kristin Wiens, launched an interdisciplinary online
course in Child Honouring on March 11th. This self-paced course takes you through the
Covenant For Honouring Children and its 9 principles for conscious living.
It has 10 modules of multi-media content including videos, interactive activities,
distinguished guests (Stuart Shanker, Barbara Coloroso, and more), as well as Raffi’s
insights and music.

Early Childhood Webinars
Early Childhood Webinars provides free, informative webinars from many of the big
names in the field of Early Learning. Previous webinars have been archived - so you
can watch “on demand”, including one about Using Loose Parts to Create Cultural
Sustainable Environments
(with the authors of the Loose Parts series, Miriam Beloglovsky
& Lisa Daly)

Coming Up…
How to Create Experiences with Young Children Rather than Planning Activities for
- May 22
Supporting Young Children’s Creative Thinking Using Problems They Care About
- June 5



Literacy gurus Irene Fountas & Gay Su Pinnell have been sharing blog & video series
online that break out every facet of a Comprehensive Literacy Program. They provide
overviews, a video, information about the “why” for each part of the program, and
how these parts fit into the big picture literacy program. Who better to learn from than
2 of the best in the biz? Here are links to some of their recent videos & posts:
What is Shared Reading?
What are Book Clubs?
What are Reading Mini-Lessons?

Digital Play for Serious Learning
From Edutopia - Jordan Shapiro, author of The New Childhood , on the roles of parents
and schools in teaching children to use technology through play