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Hispanic Heritage: Celebrate and Learn!

Cinco de Mayo is Saturday May 5, in this the year of 2018. Learn (aprender) about Hispanic history and culture—all year long—with articles and teaching activities from

A Pocketful of History

--Sherry L. Field and Linda D. Labbo
Read a biography. Then examine "pocket contents." In Lincoln's vest pocket? A draft for a speech, theater tickets, and a photograph of his family, among other items. "Artifacts" are suggested for the pockets of Benito Juarez (president of Mexico), Grandma Moses (artist), Mary McLeod Bethune (black educator), and others.

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Was the Constitution Pro-Slavery? The Changing View of Frederick Douglass

By Robert Cohen
Many have questioned whether the document on which our nation is based sanctioned slavery. But renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who originally condemned the Constitution, came to view it in a much different light.

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Dolores (Independent Lens/PBS)

With intimate and unprecedented access, Peter Bratt’s documentary "Dolores" tells the story of Dolores Huerta (1930 - ), among the most important, yet least-known, activists in American history. Co-founder of the first farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, she tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century.
See local listing for exact dates and times of broadcast.
For a limited time: "The FULL FILM (1:35:39) | IN DRAMATIC Available until 4/24/2018."
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 9:00pm
July 9, 2018 - 9:30am EDT to July 12, 2018 - 9:30am EDT
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) hosts a Summer Teacher Institute for educators of grades 6-12 who have at least two years of classroom experience. The Institute -- held Monday, July 9 through Thursday, July 12, 2018 -- is free of charge and includes housing, breakfast, and lunch. Attendees are responsible for the cost of their travel to and from Washington, DC. The institute will inform and support teachers’ practices in bringing accurate, appropriate, and more complete understandings about American Indians to their students.
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4/30/2018

April’s Teaching Resources: Earth Day & National Volunteer Week

Celebrate Earth Day (April 22) and National Volunteer Week (April 15-22), with a free sample of popular resources from Social Education, Middle Level Learning, and Social Studies and the Young Learner. The founder of Earth Day, Senator Gaylord Nelson (1916-2005), grew up among pristine lakes and landscapes of Wisconsin. Photo by Yinan Chen, September

Presidential Resources for Teachers (Miller Center, UVA)

The Miller Center offers a free, teacher- and student-friendly collection that's about all of the U.S. presidents and key public issues of each period. "Each president's page includes carefully crafted essays by experts, quick facts, presidential speeches, interviews with scholars, relevant publications, and more."

Native Knowledge 360 (NMAI)

The National Museum of the American Indian has launch Native Knowledge 360°, a national education initiative to inspire and promote improved teaching and learning about American Indians. With this launch, NMAI is unveiling the new NK360° education webpages, featuring information about the initiative, educational resources for classrooms, and professional development opportunities and other important information for educators.
Visit http://nmai.si.edu/nk360/educators.cshtml.

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