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Celebrating Black History Month 2024

Consider the importance of teaching and celebrating Black History year-round, beyond Civil Rights and enslavement, and affirming the identities of Black people and their literature, art, and creativity that has shaped the culture of the world.  Consider teaching Black History that celebrates Black joy and Black brilliance and the importance of going beyond pain and struggle to examine the liberation, civic engagement, creativity, and intersecting identities of Black people. 

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).

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Five students with backpacks.  Welcome back to school written above their heads.  Sunshine and clouds at top of page.

The goal of a healing environment is radically simple: high-quality teaching and learning that supports individual student's well-being and, supporting and developing students from early learning through secondary school to achieve academically.

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.

A human head surrounded by symbols of math science, Arts, sports

Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action. Here is a short guide to formulate questions to exercise critical thinking skills when planning a lesson.

The word literacy written on a black chalk bard, A student reading a book and a computer keyboard

Literacy is a continuum of learning and proficiency in reading, writing and using numbers throughout life, reading is part of a larger set of skills, which include digital skills, media literacy, education for sustainable development and global citizenship as well as job-specific skills. Here is a collection of lessons.

Image of planet Earth from outer space

How can schools take action on Climate Change? Climate Change is one of the most pressing issues of our time and schools have a role to play. In this resource you will find considerations when planning to teach Climate Science across all subjects, projects for students, and activities for families and community engagement.

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. 

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.

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.

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