Each month, we share five things we love as part of our Footnotes Newsletter. Take a look at some of our favorite English language arts resources, articles, podcasts, and more we found in March!

1. Setting Goals in the Midst of Uncertainty

We’re now a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and while things are looking up, the future remains unclear. In times like these, it’s easy to lose sight of any goals, personal or professional, you may have had. But Marie at The Caffeinated Classroom believes in you! In this YouTube video, she offers tips on how to work on your goals during uncertain times without feeling overwhelmed.

2. How to Partner with Parents During Pandemic Learning

As students continue attending school remotely, many parents are struggling with keeping their kids on track. In a lot of cases, with no clear lines of communication, it’s hard for parents to express their concerns with school leadership. Jahkari “JT” Taylor, an award-winning educator, author, and speaker, visits the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast to present practical ways schools and districts can support parents during distance learning and beyond.

3. reThink ELA #013: Empowering Student Interests in the Secondary Classroom

One of the most important things you can do as a teacher is give students a space to express themselves and discover their passions. In this episode of the reThink ELA Podcast, Michelle Waters interviews Tyreke Baker, a media production professional who credits his current success to the teachers who encouraged him to follow his dreams many years ago.

4. Teaching Dolly Parton’s America Podcast

In 2019, the podcast Dolly Parton’s America won the Peabody Award for storytelling, thanks to its powerful exploration of the country star’s immense impact on American culture. At her blog, Ashley Bible explains how you can use this podcast’s interviews and retrospectives in the English language arts classroom to teach rhetoric, literary theory, and creative writing.

5. YA Books with Strong Female Leads

Women’s History Month may be coming to a close, but you can celebrate all the time by adding exciting works of literature to your classroom library. At her blog, Nouvelle ELA, teacher Danielle Hall showcases seven books written for young adult readers that feature well-written female protagonists. Under each review, Danielle also includes pointers on using these novels in the ELA classroom.