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Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions May 2010
In this newsletter, we continue our exploration of multiracial America, this time using history and the census as our compass. We are honored to feature dynamic resources from the Zinn Education Project. Like its namesake, Howard Zinn, the project champions getting your students to “feel” history through the experiences of ordinary people. You’ll also find curricula and resources about the 2010 U.S. Census.
As you enter the homestretch of the school year, I thank you for your dedication to inspiring your students to build a just and sustainable world.
Michelle Contreras’ classroom of native Spanish-speaking and English-speaking students embodies the future. Read how Michelle uses two-way Spanish immersion, touch therapy, an outdoor human relations camp, and compassion to connect with her students and help them discover their individual gifts. This is Michelle’s story.
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Nidoto Nai Yoni—“Let it not happen again,”—is the inscription at the memorial site where the first group of Japanese Americans were taken from Bainbridge Island to internment camps in the California desert. When you don’t talk about race, how do you make sure racism doesn’t happen?
The Zinn Education Project is committed to helping middle and high school students learn about history, race, and themselves through its thought-provoking resources. Your students will find its lessons and activities engaging as they take an honest look at the past, and are introduced to the people who have worked together, across racial lines, for a more fair and just world.
Making Sense of the Census
2010 not only is the beginning of a new decade, but a new census. The every-decade survey is our country’s opportunity for an up-to-date snapshot of who we are. This bundle of resources will enlighten your students not only on census fundamentals, but also why the census determines where federal dollars flow, and why it is a hotly debated topic.
Multiracial persons are the fastest-growing demographic group in the country. This emerging population is throwing off traditional notions of race and slowly gaining recognition as a new racial identity.
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