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Five Ideas for Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2022

Published on September 26, 2022 by Smithsonian Magazine

Are you a parent, grandparent, or other caregiver looking for an age-appropriate event to enjoy on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, an annual event meant to honor the Indigenous people of the United States? From reading Indigenous authors to exploring Native plants, these activities suit everyone in the family.

Diverse schools are taking a new approach to anti-racism: Training white parents

Published on Apr 12, 2022 by USA Today

Lessons in cultural humility like this one have been a feature of teachers’ professional development for quite some time. But trainings have largely focused on how students are treated, not families, and they’ve been targeted at school officials, not parent and caregiver volunteers. That’s changing, especially in neighborhoods experiencing gentrification and in predominantly white areas grappling with issues of race and class.

Remembering an Icon: Melvin Deal

Published on Oct 29, 2021 by Washington City Paper

Melvin Deal was revered as a drummer and griot, a dancer and choreographer, a mentor and teacher, and then later, as an elder and icon. Deal, who died last month at the age of 78 due to multiple health issues, was the founder and executive director of the African Heritage Dancers and Drummers. In that and other capacities, he served his community for more than half a century. His contributions were immeasurable. (Download PDF)

VIA: An Example of Social and Emotional Learning

Published on Sep 23, 2021 by Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Peter G. Murrell, Jr, the late educational psychologist, said: “Education is the practice of assisting people to find agency in, and responsibility for, the struggle for freedom.”  The Virginia Interscholastic Association (VIA) embodied that concept.

Amplifying DC’s Central American History

Published on Sep 21, 2021 by DC History Center

Today, there are over 4 million Central Americans in the United States. However, the rich history of these peoples and countries are often not taught in classrooms. To address this, the DC-based non-profit Teaching for Change launched Teach Central America Week, held during National Hispanic Heritage Month, to support educators by providing free resources to teach about the histories of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.

Talking to Kids about Race and Racism

Published on Jan 27, 2021 by Discovery Museum

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, is a clinical psychologist widely known for both her expertise on race relations and as a thought leader in higher education. Her thirteen years as the president of Spelman College (2002-2015) were marked by innovation and growth and her visionary leadership was recognized in 2013 with the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award.