Teachers not only need to understand how to choose the right issues and create an open and fair climate for discussion; they also need to learn about themselves and their identities when leading discussions in racially pluralistic classrooms. Knowing their own biases and ways they react to certain topics and remarks will help to modulate how they react to students’ remarks and turn their concerns into productive conversations. Educators interested in honing their intergroup dialogue facilitation skills can access a free comprehensive guide from the Public Conversation Project and a tip sheet (“Managing Hot Moments in the Classroom”) from the Harvard DerekBok Center for Teaching and Learning.
Part of the Democratic Knowledge Project at Harvard University, the Declaration Resources Project supports teaching and learning about, and ongoing engagement with, the Declaration of Independence. One of the resources in development is Portrait of a Tyrant, a six-episode adventure game for students to learn about the Declaration of Independence, its historical context and contemporary relevance.
The National Park Service and Girl Scouts of the USA are commemorating the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with a limited-edition commemorative patch, activity guide, activity log, certificate, and special awards. The
September 17 is Constitution Day, commemorating the day in 1787when, at the end of a long, hot summer of discussion, debate, and deliberation, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed America’s most important document.