Campaign to Provide Teachers with Culturally Responsive Materials
DonorsChoose has launched #ISeeMe, a campaign aimed at boosting the amount of culturally responsive materials in US classrooms. These include books written by authors of color or other resources featuring figures from diverse backgrounds. As part of the campaign—which targets requests on DonorsChoose made by teachers of color, female math and science teachers, and any other teachers who ask for resources that reflect their students’ identities—Google.org has pledged $4 million to match donations to relevant projects. In addition, many celebrities and high-profile philanthropists have pledged to provide, or have already provided, financial support to classroom projects in the campaign, including actresses Whoopi Goldberg, Lupita Nyong’o, and Octavia Spencer; actor Samuel L. Jackson; singer-songwriter John Legend; and comedian Stephen Colbert. DonorsChoose is identifying the teachers and projects through a new function on the website that asks teachers to indicate their gender, race, education, and number of years in the profession, among other questions. Already, nearly 60,000 educators have filled out the prompts, allowing the nonprofit to better connect donors to their projects.
Few American artists loom larger than Langston Hughes. He wrote novels, plays, short stories, films, librettos, children’s verse, newspaper columns, translations, and memoirs, and edited several important anthologies. But most of all, he remained a poet. From “Dreams” to “Let America Be America Again,” he explored social conscience and class difference with lyric beauty and music.
The world has been on high alert concerning the spread of the new strain of coronavirus, COVID-19. Facing History and Ourselves offers a teaching idea outlines the known facts about the virus and giving students the opportunity to explore instances of discrimination related to this novel strain of coronavirus.
In an article in Smithsonian Magazine, journalist and digital editor Meilan Solly presents 158 resources chronicling the history of anti-Black violence and inequality in the United States within a narrative that explains and contextualizes them.