Current Issues

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

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. 

March 4, 2020

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

March 3, 2020

Students learn about and discuss key issues in Bloomberg’s candidacy, including his policing, climate change, education, and housing policies as mayor of New York City.

February 18, 2020

Students examine some key foreign policy issues in the 2020 Democratic primary, and compare the stances of two contenders, Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders.

February 9, 2020

Ella Baker, who helped build many of the most important organizations of the civil rights movement, defied traditional gender roles. She deprioritized charismatic leadership from above and instead empowered people to take charge of their own struggles for freedom. 

February 4, 2020

This lesson provides factual information for students about the coronavirus aimed at preventing students from targeting classmates who are thought to be from China. 

February 2, 2020

Basic guidelines on how to counter biased or uninformed student responses to the novel coronavirus. 

February 2, 2020

The fires raging across Australia in recent months have led to shocking devastation. Students discuss the scope of the disaster and its relationship to climate change; share their feelings about it; and consider responses, from supporting relief efforts to climate activism.