Educators from Harvard UniversityGraduate School of Education (HGSE), Massachusetts Institute ofTechnologyTeaching Systems Lab, and the instructional design firm Fresh Cognate have created Youth in Front, a new hub of learning-oriented resources and multimedia assets for young activists and educators interested in making their voices heard—particularly those who are stepping into activism for the first time, as well as for educators who are responding to action in their schools and communities. Youth in Front offers two distinct portals: one for students and one for educators. For students, the content covers topic areas such as how to organize a protest, how to avoid getting into trouble, and how to get adults on their side. For teachers, the content addresses questions about how they can support students within the policies and procedures of their schools and districts, how they can be allies, and what happens after the day of action. HGSE will share resources for young people, educators and district leaders, and parents via its social channels. As the team continues to build up resources and content, students will be able to engage with Youth in Front via Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter. Allied organizations such as Teaching Tolerance, Facing History and Ourselves, and Generation Citizen have contributed key resources.
Students and teachers from around the world are invited to commemorate the eighteenth anniversary of 9/11 by registering for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s freeAnniversaryin the Schoolswebinar. During the 35-minute program, participants will connect with museum staff and guest speakers to hear first-person stories about the attacks and recognize the importance of commemoration.
The Olympics Protest is a new assessment from the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) that gauges whether students can identify the historical event depicted in an iconic photograph and evaluate its historical significance. Successful students will draw on their knowledge of the past to identify American track athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith raising their fists to protest racial injustice while on the medal stand at the 1968 Olympics and then explain how the event was historically significant.
Just in time for National Constitution Day (September 17), the National Constitution Center has a new initiative for constitutional education and civil dialogue. Through the Center’s Classroom Exchanges program, teachers engage students in dialogue and deepen their constitutional knowledge.