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March 2010 Newsletter Snapshot



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Conversations of Courage
YES! for Teachers and Students features classroom materials to cross the divide. Mix It Up in the lunchroom, talk to someone who is different from you, speak up. Also... discover the beauty of teenagers.
Voting For Change
Project VoteSmart, lesson plans to analyze political cartoons, and Debate Watching 101 from League of Women Voters. Meet musicians who vote with their heart, and two young women whose hearts led them to civic engagement.
Food Crisis? Teach Fair Trade
Can there be food and water for all? Read about third graders who chose to eat local food, find lesson plans on Fair Trade chocolate, bananas, and coffee, and the Global Water Supply curriculum.
Teaching with the News
Brown University's Choices program explores the U.S.'s role in the world, Peace Corps volunteers share their stories, and 13-year-old citizen diplomats visit a sister city in Nicaragua.
Barefoot College
Features the Barefoot College, created by and for India's poor and guided by Gandhi's principles. Watch the moving video, "Be the Change" and read about one teacher's determination to teach climate change in a small town.
Meal Plan: Resources for Teaching and Learning about Food
Middle schoolers learn to grow fresh carrots, and Will Allen brings gardens and social justice to the inner-city. Curricula from the Center for Ecoliteracy, and reports on the Youth Climate Summit in DC.
Teaching about stuff...and everything else
Lessons on redefining progress as more than "more stuff", Facing the Future's global sustainability lessons, and Annie Leonard's famous "The Story of Stuff"- with resources to help students find solutions.
Stories of Peace for Your Classroom
The powerful Voices in Wartime documentary and lesson plans, Change Starts Here curriculum on Desmond Tutu and other Nobel-winners, lessons from Darfur, and a man who makes guitars out of guns.
Stand Up to Corporate Power
Wangari Maathai and the YES! Earth Charter Curriculum, Universal Declaration of Human Rights poster, "China Blue" documentary on sweatshops, Peak Moment interviews, and "Instant Karma" CD for Darfur.
Living Well - for Peace
An edible school yard, the YES! Earth Charter Curriculum in action, and sixth grade girls learning about immigration through friendship. Facing the Future teaches poverty, population, and climate change.
Cuba's Cure
Why does Cuba spend much less than America on healthcare, and yet have far healthier citizens? Learn about Cuba's commitment to free medical training and sending doctors to international disaster zones.
U.S. Human Rights
Young people write poetry for the "What About Peace?" Project, YES! Human Rights Curricular Module, Spanish translation of an article about the US treatment of immigrants.
Renewing our (sometimes) beautiful nation
How can the U.S. regain its good name? Articles on how to make trade more fair and renew abandoned cities. Also great resources from the UN Development Program and the Environmental Justice Resource Center.