Resource Lists by Topic
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Resources
Dr. Martin Luther King was an incredible leader for equity, justice and human rights. It’s valuable to share his legacy with our students, but too often these lessons are limited to the superficial facts of his life and work. Here are some resources that allow you to dig deeper with your students to explore the enduring power of Dr. King’s work and vision for a more just society.
Black History Month
"When Carter G. Woodson established Negro History week in 1926, he realized the importance of providing a theme to focus the attention of the public. The intention has never been to dictate or limit the exploration of the Black experience, but to bring to the public’s attention important developments that merit emphasis." (Association for the Study of African American Life and History) Even though the month of February is nationally recognized as “Black History Month,” we realize that the contributions made by Black people are too numerous for their importance to be confined to one month. Black History is History. These resources will help you teach Black History in February and throughout the rest of the year.
Women's History Month Resources
In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity. A special Presidential Proclamation is issued every year which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women. Women’s history and achievements are highlighted in March but need to be taught throughout the year! These resources include some designed for your own learning, and others designed to use with your students. This is a living document. If you have anything to suggest, or any feedback on the resources listed here, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ramadan and Arab American Heritage Month Resources
Resources to support students and families during the holy month of Ramadan and to celebrate and recognize Arab American Heritage Month.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Resources to celebrate, recognize, and support students and families during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
National Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15-October 15 is National Hispainc Heritage Month. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. Click here to access their website, which includes extensive teacher resources.
Indigenous Peoples Day
In 2015, the city of Saint Paul joined eight other US cities in officially changing the second Monday in October from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. Now there are over 100 US cities that have made that change as well. This list includes information and resources to teach your students more about the important contributions and history of people indigenous to this land.
Rethinking Thanksgiving: Digital Teaching Resources
Use these resources to help your students understand the importance of gratitude, while interrupting the harmful narratives and stereotypes that often surround this holiday.
December Days to Remember
In addition to Hanukkah and Christmas, December has many other important days to recognize and understand. Click here to learn more about International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (12/2), International Day of Disabled People (12/3), Human Rights Day (12/10), and Kwanzaa (12/26-1/1).
Book Lists: Diverse Representation in Children's Literature
List of websites, blogs and organizations that will help you identify and evaluate diverse representation in children's literature. Also included are some read aloud collections.
Chauvin Trial Resources
Resources, including updates, information, and aid surrounding the Chauvin trial for the murder of George Floyd.
Digital Resources from Local and Far Away Favorites
Free digital resources available from museums and other organizations. Watch Omni Films from the Minnesota Science Museum and the Cheetah Cub Cam at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Students and families can access all these at home.
Elections: Teaching Resources
Help your K-12 students learn about voting and civic engagement using resources from Black Lives Matter, Zinn Education Project, Teaching Tolerance, SPPS Integrated Units and more.
Facing the Times: Resources to Support You and Your Classroom During Challenging Times
Our lived experiences shape how we view and process this information, and that's true for our students as well. These resources, provided by both SPPS and other organizations, provide some ideas and starting points for engaging with students around these challenging topics.
On-line Read Alouds and Resources: Diverse Representation in Children's Literature
These books are linked to on-line read alouds and represent various races, cultures and topics. Many have educator resources that can be adapted for different grade levels. Some are directly aligned with elementary social studies standards.
Self Care & Healing Resources
A resource list created during the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. Resources for individual and collective self care and healing.