Equity & Inclusion Newsletter

May 2021, STAFF Edition 9

Read Aloud Video: Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

Like many commemorative months, AAPI Heritage Month was first introduced in Congress, and became public law in 1978. Please join us in watching the read aloud video below in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month!

When we talk about the Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities in the United States, we are talking about a huge amount of people who are incredibly diverse. There are hundreds of languages spoken, countless different traditions and beliefs, and folks who trace their roots back to 48 Asian nations and 25 Pacific Islander nations, according to the UN. For the purposes of this read aloud, we selected to read a book about the warmth between a mother and a daughter as they share a piece of their Filipino heritage. The book is called Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore, illustrated by Kristi Valiant. Our guest readers will now introduce a share a bit about themselves, and how this book connects to them!

This book was read with permission from Lee & Low Books.
Cora Cooks Pancit
Jewish American Heritage Month was passed by the House of Representatives in 2006 and the Senate in 2007. Click here for rich and extensive resources, including exhibitions and collections, audio, video and still image media, resources for educators, and more. Click here for a collection of resources for families and educators from the Anti-Defamation League.

Abundant Resources for incorporating AAPI Heritage Month into your teaching & learning

  • No matter the grade level or content area(s) you teach, the odds are in your favor that Newsela's text set for AAPI Heritage month has material that you can incorporate into your instruction!
  • Use Min Jee's Lunch short story text or read aloud video to proactively teach into the importance of understanding, examining, and dismantling assumptions. This text is appropriate for combatting Anti-Asian racism even with our youngest learners.
  • Social Studies and Humanities teachers, this one's for you: Extensive lessons to accompany Asian Americans documentary!
  • The quality and amount of AAPI resources here for EVERYONE Pk-12 blew my mind in the best possible way - and I deeply appreciated the teacher personal work prompts in each week, as well.
  • In this article, Dr. Monisha Bajaj identifies common stereotypes that harm AAPI students—and she suggests texts that can be used to counter them. Highlighting books for elementary and middle-grade readers, Bajaj recommends stories educators can use today to celebrate AAPI identity and history with all their students. (Learning for Justice)
  • Lots of lesson plans, resources from the ADL here

Staff Learning Opportunities!

Recent Work: Secondary Spotlight

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Click here to access Memorial Middle School's student-run newspaper, the MMS Times. The current edition features multiple pertinent topics such as AAPI hate crimes and gender-based violence, and more.
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Celebrating 3 students' winning projects at State History Day

We are proud to announce three Region 15 winners from the National History Day state-level competition, which took place on May 1st! There were 14 students from Region 15 who competed at the state competition this year in both the junior and senior levels of competition. Three students received third-place ribbons for their work based on the theme, Communication in History: The Key to Understanding. Scroll down to watch and hear from the winning students themselves!

Interested in participating in National History Day? Information for participating next year will be shared in middle school Social Studies classes. Also, you may contact Mrs. Sharon Wlodarczyk or Mr. Karl Buckley, Region 15 National History Day Advisors.

National History Day
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Senior Division

Senior Group Exhibit: Caroline Parrott and Emma Williams from Pomperaug High School

Project title: Charles Dana Gibson and the Gibson Girl - Communicating a new feminine ideal for women in the 1890’s

The Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom - Katherine Vongsouvanh
Junior Division

Individual Documentary- Katherine Vongsouvanh from Memorial Middle School

Project Title: The Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom: Hearing the Voices of the Civil Rights Movement.

Contact & Social Media

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*Note: Image (c) 2019 CLC Collective and Dottir Press