Current Issues

Classroom activities to engage students in learning about and discussing issues in the news

March 7, 2021

Looking for engaging activities on amazing women and their movements? Here’s our collection!  

March 4, 2021

In this two-part lesson, teachers and students explore the concept of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions as a way for nations and communities to begin dialogues and chart a path toward healing.

February 21, 2021

Distribution of the Covid vaccine has been inequitable, both in the U.S. and globally. Students explore this problem and talk about what should be done. 

February 14, 2021

Students consider the sequence of events leading up to former President Trump's second impeachment trial and the arguments for and against conviction.

February 5, 2021

Students consider arguments over whether the filibuster should be abolished - and learn about its context and racist roots.

February 1, 2021

Black history isn't just for February. Here, some perspectives on teaching Black history - and suggested activities for any time of the year. 

January 24, 2021

Students explore the Biden-Harris administration's ambitious agenda and challenges, including impeachment hearings and a narrow Congressional majority. 

January 20, 2021

Students listen to and reflect on Amanda Gorman's powerful poem, which she recited at the 2021 presidential inauguration.

January 18, 2021

Students watch videos with Martin Luther King III and Rev. William Barber, co-founder of today’s Poor People’s Campaign, and discuss the continuing fight for economic and racial justice.

January 16, 2021

Here's a collection of online lessons and resources to help you talk with students about the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol.