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Jan 20, 2021

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

Jan 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

Jan 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.

Jan 14, 2021

Here are some basic guidelines for opening up discussion on difficult issues with your elementary and middle school students. 

Jan 14, 2021

Ideas and resources for you to consider as you prepare for conversations with elementary students about the January 6 insurrection and the issues surrounding it. 

Jan 11, 2021

Students learn about the history of policing in African American communities and connect it to the controversy over how police treated insurrectionists at the Capitol on January 6

Jan 08, 2021

The election of Raphael Warnock to be Georgia's first Black senator was the result of decades of organizing by voting rights activists. Students discuss that history and the news.

Jan 07, 2021

Students reflect on the state of democracy in the U.S. in light of the insurrection at the Capitol, and discuss news stories about events during the first week of 2021. 

Jan 01, 2021

Why are some people skeptical about getting a Covid vaccine, even though evidence shows that the approved vaccines are safe and effective? And who should be vaccinated first

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Feb 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. 

Feb 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.

Feb 05, 2021

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

Feb 01, 2021

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

Jan 27, 2021

Students work in small groups to create a collaborative piece of art as a response to photographs from the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. 

Jan 24, 2021

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