California Educator

August/September 2019

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T H E M O N T H I S a good time to help students understand the greater American experience. Teachers of social studies, English, Spanish, or visual arts can use art and portraiture by Latino artists or of Latino figures to enhance students' understanding of our collective American history. The Smithsonian and the National Portrait Gallery's Learning Lab collection, at, provides educators digital materials that can add nuance and depth to classroom lessons. Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15–Oct. 15 Braceros (Domingo Ulloa, 1960), part of the Learning Lab collection, depicts a bracero camp in Holtville, California. The Bracero Program (1942-64) brought Mexican guest workers to fill in agricultural labor shortages. Labor Day It's the holiday for working people! Labor Day, on Sept. 2, honors the rich heritage, struggles and achievements of American workers and the contributions of working people today. Ways to celebrate: • Attend a local Labor Day event with your union colleagues. Find one near you on the California Labor Federation website ( • Talk about unions. At that cookout or family gather- ing, consider starting conversations about fair wages, expanding worker protections, equal pay for equal work, and how unions help working people. • Display your union pride! Go to for our poster (perfect for classroom, office or community space) and graphics for your social media. • Spread the word! Post and tweet about #LaborDay2019 and join the national conversation. We Can Do It, We're Union Strong! INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 21 SEPTEMBER 2019 | #peaceday #climateaction f r p International Day of Peace Sept. 21 This year's theme, "Climate Action for Peace," recognizes that climate change causes clear threats to international peace and security. Natural disasters force millions to leave their homes and seek safety elsewhere; the saliniza- tion of water and crops is endangering food security; and the impact on public health is escalating. Growing tensions over resources and mass movements of people affect every country on every continent. "Climate Action" calls for immediate action to lower greenhouse emissions, build resilience, and improve edu- cation on climate change. Have students learn and get involved at #peaceday #climateaction. 8 In the Know CALENDAR

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