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August/September 2021

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T H E 2 0 T H A N N I V E R S A R Y of 9/11 will be marked by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum with "Anniversary in the Schools: 2021," a free on-demand pro- gram Friday and Saturday, Sept. 10-11. The 30-minute program for teachers and students includes a film highlight- ing first-person accounts of the attacks and their aftermath, followed by an interactive live chat with museum staff answering student questions. Teaching guides will be available in advance. ASL interpretation, captioning, and Spanish subti- tles are available. Register at New fiction and nonfiction books on 9/11 for young people are also out, including Scholastic's I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001. The graphic novel finds a boy visiting his New York City firefighter uncle just as planes hit the World Trade Center; as events unfold, he learns what it means to be a hero. Other books feature stories on racism and xeno- phobia in a post-9/11 world, or use artwork and metaphor, for example, focusing on the pear tree discovered at Ground Zero that became a symbol of resilience. For more, visit and search for "portraying 9/11 for young readers." Teach & Learn 9/11: nea president tours our schools NEA President Becky Pringle visited several commu- nity schools in California in late July, including an early education school in San Francisco and a Dream Center in Alhambra. Pringle said she was "inspired and excited by the vital work of our California educators and students." An important part of Pringle's California tour was connecting. "I talked with educators and students about the challenges and opportunities of the year ahead," she said. Above, in Oakland for Prescott School's BBQ and garden workday. CTA President E. Toby Boyd, Pringle and Alhambra Teachers Association (ATA) President Tammy Scorcia at Alhambra High School. The school's Dream Center is part of the Dream Allies Network, a collaboration between ATA, UTLA, educators, students and community to transform schools into supportive spaces for undocumented, immigrant and other marginalized groups. 11 A U G U S T / S E P T E M B E R 2 0 21

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