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Jun 12, 2017

Students reflect on the way their advisory or class has worked together and consider the values that are most important to them as a group now and going forward.  

Jun 08, 2017

It's the 30th annniversary of  ACT UP. In this lesson, students learn about and discuss the activist organization whose bold, creative organizing forced government action to combat

Jun 01, 2017

Now’s a good time to help students take stock of what’s happened in the year, appreciate the community you’ve created together, and look forward to next year. Here's a roundup of

May 29, 2017

The city of New Orleans removed four prominent Confederate monuments that had stood as symbols of white supremacy in that city for 133 years. This lesson uses speeches by New

May 25, 2017

Should we abolish prisons? Students learn about and discuss the history of calls for prison abolition and consider alternative approaches, including restorative justice.  

May 12, 2017

Recently in a circle, we had a very “heavy” sharing.  I was struggling to balance respectfully listening and appreciating participants' sharing and reflections. Then it got even

May 11, 2017

Why did President Trump fire James Comey? This activity briefly explores the news and the debate.   

May 09, 2017

Encouraging students to use put-ups can improve the climate in your classroom. But many put-ups are about surface qualities. (I like your shoes!) Help students craft deeper put-ups

May 07, 2017

President Trump has praised leaders of countries around the world who are known to have violated human rights. What should the U.S. stance toward such "strongmen" be? In this

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Sep 30, 2017

This activity uses a circle to help students process the many disasters that have struck people around the world in the summer and fall of 2017. It includes a more extended process

Sep 24, 2017

Critics charge that the real goal of a new federal commission to investigate voter fraud is to justify efforts to make it more difficult for people of color to vote.  Students

Sep 18, 2017

In two readings and discussion, students explore the meaning and history of DACA, including the social movement activism that won DACA during the Obama years and prospects for

Sep 11, 2017

In this activity, students watch a video about responses to the Trump administration’s decision to roll back this Obama–era program, which has allowed young undocumented

Sep 08, 2017

After a short quiz about current Fight for 15 movement, students read about and discuss U.S. labor's struggles — and historic strikes — through history.  

Sep 07, 2017

This brief activity gives students a chance to share and reflect on the the Trump administration's recent decision to end the DACA program, which has protected many young