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Cultural Awareness

Becoming aware and understanding cultural beliefs, values, and perceptions.

Our Town place-making grants, by the National Endowment for the Arts, use art and design to bring change to local communities.

Jun 15, 2018


Grants for Projects That Integrate Arts and Culture

Our Town is the creative place-making grants program of the National Endowment for the Arts. The grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Applicants can choose from two program areas.

Educate students on respecting diversity with Facing History and Ourselves' Challenging Assumptions with Curiosty free lesson plan.

Jun 01, 2018


Lesson Challenging Assumptions About Others

Facing History and Ourselves offers a lesson that challenges students’ assumptions with curiosity. In the lesson, students practice being thoughtful about fellow citizens’ values, identities, and perspectives by reflecting on a video featuring voices of young people from across the country.

Out of Eden Social Media Platform for Kids Focuses on Sharing Stories of Diversity Across the Globe

May 01, 2018


Program Promoting Local and Global Storytelling

Out of Eden is a free online program for students aged 3–19 that has served more than 20,000 students in 57 countries. On Out of Eden Learn’s social media platform, students of similar ages from diverse geographical and socioeconomic settings come together for collective learning experiences.

Apr 16, 2018


Images and Stories of American Indians

A new exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian, titled simply Americans, shows how all aspects of contemporary American life have been touched by the history and symbols of native culture. American Indian images, names, and stories infuse American history and contemporary life.

Apr 16, 2018


SPOTLIGHT! On Supporting English Learners in the Mainstream Classroom

You have a new student, and he speaks no English. His family has just moved to your town from Japan, and although he receives English as a second language (ESL) support, he is also in your classroom every day so he will have more exposure to his new language. How can you be an effective teacher to this student?

Three educators of English learners offer 12 strategies that regular classroom teachers can use to improve instruction for their EL students. The strategies are simple to implement; they take little time to carry out; and best of all, they will help all students to learn.

Try these resources as you implement some of the suggested strategies.

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