Ask Me About Campaign
Teaching for Change’s “Ask Me About” campaigns are designed to draw attention to key issues that are often left out of the curriculum. The campaigns are launched during a heritage month with the goal of encouraging instruction about the issue all year long. Each campaign has provocative buttons to promote interest in the issue and free online resources. We invite people to contribute $10 for the buttons to help fund the free online resources.
In eighteen seasons with Major League Baseball, Roberto Clemente garnered two World Series titles, four batting titles, twelve Gold Glove awards, and 3,000 hits. He was the first Latino player elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the only player besides Lou Gehrig for whom the mandatory waiting period was waived. Yet, Major League Baseball’s first Latino superstar was defined just as much, if not more so, by his life away from baseball.
Too often, the teaching about the modern Civil Rights Movement – as a spontaneous eruption of angry but saintly African Americans led by two or three inspired orators – discounts the origins, the intellect, and the breadth that guided this complex social movement.
To support teaching the modern Civil Rights Movement beyond “I Have a Dream,” Teaching for Change is raising awareness about the 1963 anniversaries that shed light on the “ordinary people” who organized in their communities to struggle for freedom and justice.
More than 3 million Central Americans reside in the United States today, yet the resources in most schools on Latino heritage make the rich history and literature of the region invisible. Therefore, for Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, 2013), Teaching for Change launched Ask me about: Central America to support and encourage teaching about Central America.
Why Freedom Schools? Teaching for Change advocates for the type of learning and pedagogy used in Freedom Schools during the modern Civil Rights Movement. A study of Freedom Schools can take students beyond the few names and events that are recycled in classrooms and the media every year during Black History Month.