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December 2018 / January 2019

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They Resisted — and Spoke Up Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Jan. 21. While King's message of equality and justice for all is best embedded in the curriculum year round, educators can highlight his impact and relevance by choosing from multiple classroom resources, including those at NEA (, Teaching Tolerance (, Stanford University's Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Insti- tute ( January 30 is Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution in California. The civil rights activist challenged the U.S. government on Japanese-American internment during World War II, taking his case all the way to the Supreme Court. Educators can turn to for lesson plans and books such as "Fred Korematsu Speaks Up" (Heyday, 2017) to teach students about his life and work, and relate them to current events. (For example, in 2016 a political commentator suggested that the Japanese internment set a constitutional precedent for a proposed registry of Muslim immigrants.) I L L U S T R AT I O N B Y N I P R O G E R S SPRING 2018 TEACHING TOLERANCE Teaching Hard History It's more important than ever to teach about American slavery. Our new framework can show you how. TEACH I NG TOLERANCE TEACH I NG TOLERANCE I S S U E 5 8 | S P R I N G 2 0 1 8 T O L E R A N C E . O R G School Gardens Sowing the Seeds of Equity After Charlottesville Finding Strength, Moving Forward Maya Angelou The Life of a Legend TT58 Cover.indd 1 1/9/18 3:36 PM This quote is drawn from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter From a Birmingham Jail." Written as a response to local clergy's "call for unity" during the protests of 1963, the letter's defense of nonviolent resistance and its insistence on justice for all have made it a foundational text of both the civil rights movement and history classrooms. The quote above is from King's "Letter From Birmingham Jail," written in 1963. The letter's defense of nonviolent resistance and insistence on justice for all has made it a foundational text for the ongoing civil rights movement. Courtesy Teaching Tolerance; illustration by Nip Rogers. Issues Conference: The 3 R's " T H E C H A L L E N G E O F C H A N G E : R E F R E S H , R E N E W , R E F O C U S " is the theme for the 2019 CTA Issues Confer- ence, Jan. 18-20 in Las Vegas. Multiple cutting-edge, skills-building sessions will be offered, as well as opportunities to network with colleagues and education thought leaders from across California. The keynote speaker is Dr. Gordon Lafer, associate professor at the Univer- sity of Oregon's Labor Education and Research Center. Lafer is an expert in labor law, union organizing, collective bargaining and the impact of charter schools on public education in the United States. Register for the conference at 8 In the Know C A L E N D A R Dec./Jan. 2018 2019

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