NEA offers a variety of educational resources to support teachers. Below is a selection of websites where you can find printables, books, instructional videos for you and your students, lesson plans, and other free resources for your classroom.
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Educators looking to explore the journeys and stories of black Americans today can find a variety of resources online to support their teaching. Below are a few of the lesson plans, activities, resources, and videos available. Read more
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Looking for ways to incorporate Thanksgiving into your lessons next week? NEA provides a great list of lessons, quizzes, activities, games, trivia, books, and movies. Thanksgiving Ideas for the Classroom
November is also National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. See these web pages to learn more:
National Museum of the American Indian
National Trust for Historic Preservation
This website highlights efforts across America to protect the cultural legacies of Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other indigenous peoples of the United States and its territories. It offers profiles, audio files, and videos of individuals, photographs.
Native American Heritage Month
This website provides teacher resources, including photographs, geographic location of tribes, and Library of Congress webcasts. You have to dig around, but there is some interesting content on the site.
Es hora de celebrar — Hispanic Heritage Month begins today! This celebration of Hispanic culture and tradition is observed September 15 – October 15 every year. The celebration is timed to coincide with the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.
Below are some resources from NEA to help bring Hispanic Heritage Month to your classroom.
NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen, one of the most influential Hispanic educators in the United States, gave a speech yesterday at a gathering of Hispanic community and political leaders.
“The face of America is changing,” Eskelsen said. “But one thing will not change. It hasn’t changed for over 200 years. Public education will continue to be the key—la llave a la puerta de la oportunidad. Everything hinges on public education because NEA’s mission is to take all children, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, income, language, skills or ability or disability; we take all children and give them the keys to the doors they might want to open.” Read the complete press release and watch video of Eskelsen and other leaders speaking here.
Hispanics have become the largest minority group in the U.S., and that growth is reflected in America’s public schools. Fifty million students attend public schools. About 20 percent of public school students—10 million children—are Hispanics. Moreover, according to the U.S. Census, one out of every four kindergarten students in the U.S. today is Latino.
How do you plan to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in your classroom? Leave a comment and share your ideas with your colleagues.