Current Issues

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

June 13, 2020

This activity invites students to listen to and share music that can inspire and sustain them as they explore ways to battle oppression and push to survive and thrive during these challenging times.

June 13, 2020

The NFL has taken a new stance toward Black Lives Matter. Students consider videos by NFL players and by the NFL Commissioner - and the history of activism by Colin Kaepernick and other athletes. 

June 7, 2020

This activity has students listen to and reflect on the voices of those who are out in the street in the wake of George Floyd's murder by police. What brings them there? And what do students think and feel about it?

May 31, 2020

The police killing of George Floyd has ignited outrage, grief, and protest across the country. Here are some suggestions to give your students space to share their thoughts and feelings about these events.

April 27, 2020

Students hear the voices of the food workers who harvest, deliver, serve, and sell our food, and consider how these workers are on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic.

April 12, 2020

The coronavirus crisis has thrown our nation’s economic disparities into stark relief. In this activity, students use a set of interactive charts to investigate the current state of economic inequality in the U.S.—and make their own charts showing how they would like to see that data change.

March 29, 2020

The effects of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package will be felt by everyone. Students read about and discuss this historic and controversial legislation. 

March 20, 2020

Students consider how the coronavirus pandemic has revealed gaps in our public health system, amplifying calls for universal health insurance and a national paid sick leave policy.

March 19, 2020

This online activity provides a supportive virtual space where school staff can connect and gather strength to support our students during the coronavirus pandemic.

March 16, 2020

The poem Yes, by William Stafford, is a timely one to share with students and colleagues, either face to face or virtually. Here, a reading and suggestions for how to reflect together on the poem.