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Apr 30, 2016

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz's plans to speak at a Bronx high school were scrapped after students there wrote a letter to their principal describing how Cruz's views were

Apr 19, 2016

We use plastics all the time. So often, in fact, that they’re practically invisible to us. In this lesson, students keep a log of their plastic use, take action to decrease it, and

Apr 17, 2016

Eight tips on what to do when students make hurtful remarks.

Apr 10, 2016

Students learn about and discuss the massive revelations included in the Panama Papers, the impact of tax avoidance on this scale, and how the story relates to the gap between rich

Apr 03, 2016

What is fracking and what is its impact? Students explore the issue and the political landscape around it, including efforts by activists to ban the practice.  

Mar 27, 2016

In some states, voters have stood in line for hours to cast their ballot. Why? In this short Teachable Instant activity, students explore the controversy over voter suppression in

Mar 22, 2016

These guidelines, which we developed following last year's Paris attacks, may be helpful in the wake of the recent violence in Brussels.   

Mar 20, 2016

What are the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement, and what progress has it made in bringing social change? Students explore these questions with readings and discussion.  

Mar 13, 2016

Do superdelegates subvert democracy? This brief activity includes quizzes, background and discussion on the controversy over superdelegates in the 2016 presidential election.   

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Dec 20, 2016

Young people can be active allies to someone who is being targeted without directly engaging with the aggressor. Help students learn a safer, non-confrontational way to be an ally:

Dec 20, 2016

What is the Electoral College, and why does it decide who is president? Students learn about and discuss the pros and cons of the Electoral College system and current campaigns to

Dec 19, 2016

Students learn about and discuss the president's power to name leaders within the executive branch of government and consider two of president-elect Trump's most controversial

Dec 06, 2016

Students read about and discuss the movement by the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies to stop a pipeline - and the Army Corps of Engineers' decision to reverse its approval for

Dec 05, 2016

Through small-group activities, students learn about and discuss acts of solidarity and mutual support in the wake of the presidential election.  

Dec 03, 2016

What are sanctuary cities, and why are they girding for conflict in the wake of Trump’s election? Students explore the concept of "sanctuary" and learn about efforts by advocates