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19 June Juneteenth Freedom Day

In the United States June 19th each year commemorates the end of ensalvement.  The date itself marks the day in 1865,  two and half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, that troops entered Galveston, Texas and announced that the Civil War had ended and that enslaved African Americans had their freedom.  Teaching and learning the history of Juneteenth in our school communities is critical to understanding who we are as a nation.

Recognized 3

The two stories in this high school comic book include history—people and places from the past, fictional characters, and semi-fictional settings. Woven into these narratives are facts and details about two significant LGBTQ+ figures you should know about.   Recognized #3 is intended for high school students.

Dolores Huerta historia de la resistencia

This comic introduces you to Dolores Huerta who organized and fought for farmworkers' rights,  to guarantee safe working conditions and a fair living wage. Dolores Huerta co-founded the United Farmworkers Association (which later became the United Farmworkers of America). She has been battling for the rights of workers and all people for more than seven decades.

Did you know

The United States Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, commonly known as the Freedmens' Bureau, created by Congress in 1865, assisted in the political and social reconstruction of post-war Southern states and helped formerly enslaved African Americans transition from slavery to freedom and citizenship. In the process, the Bureau created millions of records that contain the names and information of hundreds of thousands of people across the United States.

Growing up and staying safe. Teacher and administrator guide

In September 2023, NYC Public Schools released Growing Up and Staying Safe: New York City K-12 HIV Education Curriculum. This collection contains a Teacher and Administrator Guide, lesson materials for each grade, and family-facing materials

Awaiting a wave written in text with an image of a large wave and written below are the words Hidden Voices

Awaiting A Wave: Climate Change and Migration from the Marshall Islands to Arkansas. This comic is published under the Civics for All Comics

Student with a guitar standing in front of a sign reading vote here

This document is a compilation of resources to support classroom discussions on the Civics for All Registered Comic.  Registered is intended for high school students. It can be used to teach and celebrate youth voice, the importance of registering to vote, and civic empowerment as a part of the Civics for All initiative.

Hidden Voices Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in United States History

The Hidden Voices: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in United States History guide constitutes essays by historians and experts. This guide is intended to help teachers develop pedagogical content knowledge about Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) history and experiences.

Hidden Voices African Diaspora Vol 1

Hidden Voices: Stories of the Global African Diaspora delves into the perspectives, experiences, and impact that peoples of African descent have had—and continue to have—on United States and world history. These individuals influenced the social, political, cultural, and economic landscapes of the world and United States in so many ways, and their contributions continue to shape our collective history and identity.

Action Activists

This document is a compilation of resources to support classroom discussions on the Civics for All Action Activists Comic.

Action Activists #1, is intended for middle school students. It can be used to teach about how our system of government works and how students can become civically engaged as a part of the Civics for All initiative.

four students potting seedlings

Gardening is a wonderful way to meet science standards, no matter what grade you teach. Whether you are studying plant life cycle, botany, ecosystems, or something else, there are gardening projects that provide hands-on learning to your classroom.   Here are five projects of increasing difficulty that you may wish to try.

Take care of yourself

Self-care means taking the time to do things that help you live well and improve both your physical and mental health. When it comes to your mental health, self-care can help manage stress, lower the risk of illness, and increase energy. Small acts of self-care in your daily life can have a big impact. Self-care means taking care of yourself so that you can be healthy, and well, you can do your job, help and care for others, and do all the things you need to and want to accomplish in a day.

Microphone and headphones

Hip Hop provided several ways to reimagine human life and community through graffiti, breakdancing, DJing, emceeing, and beatboxing. These are what some call the five elements of Hip Hop. It is one of the greatest roses to ever grow from concrete. From the minds of Black youth on the margins of American society, Hip Hop grew to transform every aspect of culture on a global scale. 

Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa

Africans and some Europeans protested the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade as early as the sixteenth century, it was not until the end of the eighteenth century that the movement to abolish slavery gained force in Europe. This is the firsthand account, published in 1789 by formerly enslaved, Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African.

Jali Literature of the African Diaspora Cat looming over a mouse that wears a crown

This is part of a series of comics featuring historians, artists, and other creators from Africa and its diaspora. Based on sources originally by people of African descent, stories focus on innovation and creativity of their communities in the face of challenges and opposition. These are real histories, even though they might not look like the kind of history you have come to expect and carry a message for the future from which we can learn.

Move-to-Improve every day with still-photo with words climb squat star pose

Move-to-Improve (MTI) is the NYC Public Schools’ free, classroom-based physical activity program that integrates physical activity into academic instruction. The Move-to-Improve Collection of Resources has activities, videos, music, and visuals. Activities like focused breathing encourage self-awareness, while visuals like the “Move-to-Improve Every Day” poster can add joy to informal assessments.

Health Education

Health Education is an essential academic subject that students need to make healthy and informed choices and to care for themselves and others. The NYC Health Education Scope and Sequence documents are aligned to national and state standards and include a Social, Emotional and Mental Health unit in every grade level. In Health Education, students learn how to identify, express, and manage emotions, and to develop other vital skills like decision-making and self-awareness

Patsy Takemoto Mink

Patsy Mink was a third-generation Japanese American woman from Hawai‘i who fought for Title IX, the federal legislation that mandates gender equity for schools that receive government funding. She was an advocate for peace, civil rights, and environmental justice. We hope this story of Patsy Takemoto Mink will inspire readers to become researchers and storytellers of the past and advocates who stand up for what they believe is right and just.

 

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends

Each year, the United States sets aside the third Monday in January to remember the life and work of legendary civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Use the following NewsHour Classroom resources to examine King’s impact on civil rights and his ongoing legacy.  The collection is from PBS (Public Broadcasting Station).

 End-of-Year Summative Conferences

The Summative End-of-Year Conference is a mandatory face-to-face meeting between the Advance-eligible teacher and the principal and/or other evaluator. The purpose of this collaborative conversation is to review feedback and ratings from observations of practice and to identify successes, areas for improvement, and next steps toward the teachers continued professional growth. Here you will find tools. templates and videos.

Lukasa The history and the diaspora - the revolution that gave birth to Haiti

The Haitian Revolution is the first truly democratic revolution in the Americas. The uprising of the African-descended people of the French colony of Saint-Domingue would totally transform the island and the world. This comic tells of resistance to enslavement which took many forms across the globe over time. The history of the Haitian Revolution is a crucial part of human history and of our broader struggle to craft a world based on dignity and freedom.

A graduation cap on top of a stack of books

New York State Department of Education past Regents Examinations.

Cogenerative Dialogues

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