Issues of identity and belonging are inseparable from the experiences of immigration. Stories of immigrants, past and present, illuminate the human lives behind today’s ever-shifting global landscape. Witnessing peers from diverse geographies helps students to make valuable connections and support, appreciate, and respect cultural diversity.
The Global Oneness Project has created a new video collection—Global Youth Perspectives—with seven stories and accompanying lesson plans that highlight youth around the world. Students will meet preschoolers from Scotland and teenagers from India, Alaska, and Syria. They will learn about the daily lives of these youth, as well as their hopes for the future in a changing world.
Identity and Belonging Facing History and Ourselves offers more than 170 lessons and other resources on global immigration. One featured collection provides structured activities for making connections to current events and discussing sensitive topics in a safe and reflective classroom. The lessons examine examples of division and intolerance, as well as powerful cases of individuals and communities working together and standing up to hate. A collection of readings addresses the complicated issues of identity and belonging. Students are encouraged to think critically about how societies and individuals continue to define who does and does not belong and to connect these issues to debates and dilemmas facing society today.
International Women’s Day has provided us with an excellent opportunity to highlight organizations that promote education for women. There are many groups that strive to provide girls and women around the world with important resources, which they may not otherwise have access to. Here is a list of five organizations helping women in their educational pursuits.
I am an ELL teacher at a public high school. Of the 1,200 students who attend, about 150 of them are refugee and immigrant students who come from more than 20 countries, including Nepal, Liberia, Iraq, Somalia, Vietnam, and Mexico. I have a mix of ninth to twelfth graders in all classes. I emphasize writing and speaking in the curriculum through an intensive writing and public speaking project called Journey to America.