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.
WeRNative is a comprehensive web resource for Native youth, by Native youth, providing content and stories about the topics that matter most to them. WeRNative promotes holistic health and positive growth in local Native communities and the nation at large.
For decades, animated children’s stories included negative stereotypes of indigenous people. Now three new cartoons are reaching children with realistic portrayals on the small screen—where they consume most of their media. In the United States and Latin America, Netflix is running the animated film Pachamama. The Cartoon Network series Victor and Valentino features two half brothers in a fictitious Mesoamerican village, exploring myths that come to life.
Learning through digital technology and video games can lead to more peaceful societies, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the educational arm of the United Nations. The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development has created two games aimed at teaching students about global citizenship and sustainable development.