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Teaching about Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Even though learning is currently remote, we can still celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This is a great opportunity to incorporate culturally responsive teaching into students’ learning experience. Congress designated May in 1992 as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month — a month to honor the contributions of many Asians and Pacific Islanders. They helped…

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Thinking on Education: Teaching Columbus Day in the 21st Century

As Columbus Day approaches, many educators are preparing lessons about this federal holiday. In the diverse classrooms of today, Columbus Day can be a sensitive topic. Many indigenous people protest against the colonialism symbolized by Columbus Day — while Columbus’ explorations opened the door for European settlements, often these settlements pushed indigenous groups from their…

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Educating Beyond the Curriculum

September is Hispanic Heritage Month, and we applaud all those educators who celebrate the historic and current contributions of Hispanic people. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the percentage of Hispanic students in elementary and secondary schools across the nation is increasing. In a recent study, between 2000 and 2015, their number increased…