Current Issues

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

September 1, 2022

How should educators acknowledge the anniversary of September 11th and educate students about the events of that day and their impact? 

August 9, 2022

This lesson for middle and high school students is intended to offer joy and inspiration, and the opportunity to be in community with peers. 

July 25, 2022

After a spate of school shootings in the U.S., students examine the evidence and consider: What works to reduce gun violence in schools?

July 7, 2022

Students use signs from the protests following the Supreme Court’s landmark Dobbs ruling as a taking off place for discussion and dialogue on the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

June 20, 2022

Students discuss the rising cost of goods and services and consider why this is happening and what people propose to do about it.

June 8, 2022

Students learn about three activists who are credited with starting the Stonewall Rebellion that launched the modern LGBTQ+ liberation movement.

June 5, 2022

Through readings, circle gatherings, and resources, students explore the history of Juneteenth and share their thoughts about community, liberation, and celebration. 

May 25, 2022

We offer guidelines and activities for discussing upsetting events and for supporting students in their aftermath. 


May 24, 2022

This simple process will enable your class to create a song expressing their feelings about the climate crisis - or other issues on their minds. 

May 20, 2022

Young people led the way in historic union victories at Amazon and Starbucks. Is labor making a comeback?