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February/March 2020

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For our full listings, go to B S E R V E T H E M O N T H all year long! This year's theme is "African Amer- icans and the Vote," recognizing the struggle for voting rights among African Americans throughout American history — including today. 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment, which gave black men the right to vote fol- lowing the Civil War. (It also marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment and the culmination of the women's suffrage movement.) Educators can tap into multiple sources to dis- cuss African American history and voting rights in this election year. Lesson plans and resources on broader history and social movements, such as in the book Teaching for Black Lives, are available at,,, and, among others. Women Power M A R C H 8 is International Women's Day, though the campaign theme, #EachforEqual, extends all year long and focuses on individual and collective power to create a gender equal world. Do this by challenging stereotypes, fighting bias, broadening perceptions, and celebrating women's achievements. Go to for classroom activities, downloadable toolkits and other resources. March is also Women's History Month. This year the National Women's History Alliance promotes the theme "Valiant Women of the Vote." It will honor women from the suffrage movement as well as contemporary women who have continued the fight against poll taxes, literacy tests, voter roll purges, and other forms of voter suppression. Bring on the Arts March is Music in Our Schools Month! The National Asso- ciation for Music Education features lessons for second and fifth graders that help them learn elements of music through classic children's songs in English and Spanish (these can be shared at many levels). Free; go to Read our story on music educators on page 32. March also reminds us that a well-rounded education should include the stimulation and cre- ative thinking that the arts help to develop. Arts Education Month showcases and celebrates dance, music, theater, literature, design and visual arts; Youth Art Month focuses on visual arts. Visual arts educators can find resources at California Art Education Association ( O f e b r u a r y Black History Month Courtesy Association for the Study of African American Life & History 8 In the Know CALENDAR February / March 2020

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