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 freeAnniversary in the Schools webinar. 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 speakers include a TV reporter who covered the World Trade Center attack live for Univision (presented in English and Spanish); an Army officer who was inside the Pentagon and helped direct evacuees and search for survivors; a Pentagon survivor and 9/11 family member whose sister was killed in the attack; a firefighter from FDNY Engine 74 who helped evacuate survivors from the World Trade Center; and a DC-based lawyer who successfully evacuated the World Trade Center with the assistance of an FDNY firefighter. The webinar will be available on demand beginning Wednesday, September 11, 2019. On the anniversary, Education Programs staff will answer students’ questions through an exclusive live chat. The webinar will be interpreted in American Sign Language and captioned. An audio description will also be available.
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.
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.
The 1619 Project,inaugurated with a special issue of The New York Times Magazine, reframes US history by marking the year when the first enslaved Africans arrived on Virginia soil as the nation’s foundational date. The Project is a collection of essays and literary works observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.