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Give It Up, D.C. 2020 Giving Guide

Published on Nov 25, 2020 by Washington City Paper

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that community organizations are an essential part of D.C. When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the region in March, these groups stepped up to ensure that D.C.’s vulnerable residents…

“Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Rethinking How We Celebrate American History

Published on Oct 12, 2020 by Smithsonian

The first documented observance of Columbus Day in the United States took place in New York City in 1792, on the 300th anniversary of Columbus’s landfall in the Western Hemisphere. The holiday originated as an annual celebration of Italian–American heritage in San Francisco in 1869. In 1934, at the request of the Knights of Columbus and New York City’s Italian community, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared the first national observance of Columbus Day. President Roosevelt and the U.S. Congress made October 12 a national holiday three years later. In 1972 President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making the official date of the holiday the second Monday in October. (Download PDF of article)

Racial Equity in Your PTO or PTA: What Are You Doing?

Published on Aug 27, 2020 by PTO Today

Some robust conversations with leaders in PTO Today’s PTO and PTA Leaders & Volunteers Facebook group and an expert on equity in education have pointed toward earnest paths for moving forward with inclusiveness within parent groups.

Teachers are reinventing how Black history, anti-racism are taught in schools as system falls short

Published on Jun 30, 2020 by Good Morning America

When historian Carter G. Woodson was calling for the first Negro History Week in the 1920s — which would go on to become what we now celebrate as Black History Month — he said of his efforts, “This crusade is much more important than the anti-lynching movement, because there would be no lynching if it did not start in the schoolroom.”

The Beat Don’t Stop: TV One’s Long-Awaited Go-Go Documentary Airs Tonite

Published on Jun 21, 2020 by Medium

A few years ago I was in the classroom of predominantly Latin American students in D.C. The teacher had invited Experience Unlimited’s Sugar Bear to speak to the children about his music career as part of “Teach the Beat: Go-Go Goes to School,” where artists are looking to infuse D.C.’s rich and unique tradition of go-go into the curriculum.