Organizing

April 1, 2017
  To the Teacher:   Many people think of their participation in democracy as beginning and ending in the voting booth. However, once politicians take office, there are many ways we can influence…
December 6, 2016
  Student Reading For many months, members of the Standing Rock Sioux have been protesting plans to run a stretch of oil pipeline underneath North Dakota's Lake Oahe - a reservoir on the Missouri…
December 5, 2016
Opening Ceremony Begin the lesson with this mindfulness activity. Get comfortable in your seat. Sit up straight. Put both feet down, soles connecting to the floor. Rest your hands in your lap.…
May 8, 2016
Quick Quiz   Can Verizon Beat the Unions? — 247wallst.com headline   In this headline, what does the word "union" mean? (Those who have studied for standardized tests may already be familiar with…
April 12, 2015
Ask the class what the slogan Fight for 15 means. Does it mean: a)  lower the voting age to 15 b) increase the size of soccer teams to 15 c) at least 15 minutes recess for students in all grades…
August 28, 2014
  To the Teacher: Labor Day has come to symbolize the unofficial end of summer for many Americans. However, the national holiday, which traces back to 1894, is also an opportunity for reflection on…
June 11, 2014
To the Teacher:  Many people have begun to look for organic or locally grown food in the grocery store or restaurant. But how often do we consider those who work to bring us our food?   …
June 5, 2014
Objectives: Students will:  Learn about the history of discrimination against gay, lesbian, and transgender people in the United States Learn about the history of Gay Pride Month, which is…
May 27, 2014
To the Teacher: This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. On July 2, 1964, when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law landmark legislation outlawing discrimination based…
April 29, 2014
To the Teacher:  This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Freedom Summer, an effort by civil rights groups to register African American voters in the Deep South. One year after Freedom…