Online Workshop: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples

Sunday, January 22 and Saturday, Ferbruary 11, 2023

Would you like to have a better grounding in Native American history? An opportunity to offer dynamic interactive workshops about Indigenous peoples’ rights in your classrooms? On Sunday January 22 and Saturday February 11, Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples is offering its online workshop, “Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples.” Register here for either program.During this 2-hour participatory workshop,we experience the history of the colonization of Turtle Island, the land that is now known as the United States. The story is told through the words of Indigenous leaders, European/American leaders, and Western historians. We engage with this history through experiential exercises and small group discussions. And we consider how we can build relationships with Indigenous peoples based on truth, justice, and an understanding of Indigenous peoples’ collective human rights. 

This workshop is presented by Native and non-Native facilitators working together. It is appropriate for high school students and adults. Register here for the next online workshop, or contact co-director Paula Palmer (paulaRpalmer@gmail.com) for more information.

Some sample responses to recent Toward Right Relationship workshops:

From Native participants: 

“Everything that went into this experience and the presentation is so deeply meaningful.” 

“This workshop is the tool I’ve been searching for to begin imagining a new way forward.”  

“This workshop is an innovative and impactful step towards healing.”

From non-Native participants:

“This is a wonderful model for fostering conversations that lead to more understanding among peoples.”    

“I am thankful for the discomfort and what it opened up.”  

“Wow – that was an excellent workshop.  Best zoom educational experience I have had!”  

“I’ve known and thought about indigenous peoples’ history for a long time. Now what I can do is much more in the forefront of my mind.”

Black Women Radicals Confront the Red Scare

People’s history teachers are being attacked with Red Scare tactics — their names published on lists by right-wing publications, threats of firing, and physical intimidation.

That is why we invited historian Dayo Gore to share stories from history about how to fight back. Join us on Monday, January 23 to learn about Black women radicals active in the revolutionary struggle during the Red Scare. This session is part of our Teach the Black Freedom Struggle online people’s history series.

All sessions are free. ASL interpretation and PD certificates are provided.

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HRE USA Human Rights Day Celebration – advanced registration

Every year on December 10th the world celebrates Human Rights Day – the day on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

We will celebrate human rights education impacts in 2022 and look forward towards activities for the 75th anniversary of the UDHR in the coming year. We will hear from and recognize honorees of our 2022 Impact Award, Edward O’Brien Award, and UCCHRE Award. 

December 9, 2022 at 4-5 pm ET

More details to follow! 

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Stoking the Fire of Creative Resistance, a professional development workshop for educators, activists, and artists

December 3, 2022 | 10:00 am to 4:30 pm | BCNY Gerry Clubhouse: 321 E 111th St, New York, NY 10029

Sponsored by Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE), this full-day interactive, participatory arts workshop is recommended for: teachers, educators, non-profit leaders, artists, activists, social workers, youth leaders, teaching artists, and others!

Workshop registration and light breakfast will start at 9:30am. Participants will be responsible for their own lunch, but snacks will be served. As a follow-up to this workshop, we’ll be offering an optional, virtual check-in to put into practice what we’ve learned together.

For more information, including registration information, please see this website page: artejustice.org/professionaldevelopment

Book Announcement: The Human Rights Imperative in Teacher Education: Developing Compassion, Understanding and Advocacy

Gloria T. Alter and Bill Fernekes are very pleased to announce the publication of The Human Rights Imperative in Teacher Education: Developing Compassion, Understanding and Advocacy (Lanham MD:  Rowman and Littlefield, 2022). This edited volume contains contributions by a distinguished set of authors from the USA, Canada, Chile, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom, all leaders in the field of human rights education. The book combines theory and practice to help educators make human rights education (HRE) a central focus of daily educational practice and includes sample HRE units on the rights of global migrants, Indigenous peoples and LGBTQ+ communities.  A comprehensive bibliography and set of appendices provide many resources for further study and research.

Contributors to the book include current and former HRE USA Steering Committee members Gloria T. Alter (co-editor), Bill Fernekes (co-editor), Nancy Flowers, Page Hersey, Glenn Mitoma, Kristi-Rudelius-Palmer and Felisa Tibbitts as well as HRE USA Advisory Board members Abraham Magendzo and Audrey Osler.

A poster session on the book’s development and content will be presented at the National Council for the Social Studies annual meeting in Philadelphia on Friday, Dec. 2 from 11:30 am-12:30 pm at the Philadelphia Convention Center—Convention Center Reg Bridge West.  A discount flyer is attached to this email and we encourage you to consider adoption of the book for courses in teacher education programs, inclusion in college/university and school library collections, and purchase by school administrators and classroom teachers.

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New Resource: The Constitution EXPLAINED


In celebration of Constitution Day, iCivics and the Center for Civic Education proudly launched an exciting new resource led by iCivics’ Senior Director of Partnerships and Constitutional Scholar in Residence Julie Silverbrook in collaboration with Constitutional scholar and author Linda R. Monk and Christopher R. Riano, the President of the Center for Civic Education. Funded by Kenneth C. Griffin, The Constitution EXPLAINED is an engaging new video series exploring the U.S. Constitution and reflecting on the rights and responsibilities enshrined in this seminal document. The 35 short videos dig deep into every article and amendment in straightforward and easily digestible 2–4-minute segments that provide both context and modern relevance. While the videos are geared toward middle and high school students, they can also be used by the general population as an engaging refresher. Plans for these videos include integrating them into future exhibits and other learning experiences.  Explore the Videos  

Toolkit: Vote for the Planet Campaign

Why Vote For The Planet?

When we vote for the planet, we are voting for elected officials who shape the climate and sustainability policies of our schools, communities and businesses. Each vote is a vote for climate justice that protects future generations and those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Voters agree that in order to see systemic change locally and globally, climate justice must be addressed. In the United States:

  • Communities of color are disproportionately affected by environmental hazards. People of color are more likely to die of environmental causes, and make up more than half of the population living near hazardous waste.
  • Historically discriminatory housing, education, employment, and healthcare policies have all increased the inequalities that place communities of color at higher risk of dangerous climate impacts. 

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Alaina Roberts on Black Freedom on Native Land

On Monday, September 12, 2022, historian and writer Alaina Roberts will introduce the Reconstruction era connections between Black freedom and Native American citizenship in the context of westward expansion onto Native land. This session is part of the Teach the Black Freedom Struggle series of online classes.

September 12, 2022, 7pm (ET)

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The Constitution Explained Virtual Launch Event

Join constitutional scholar and author Linda R. Monk; Julie Silverbrook, Senior Director of Partnerships and Constitutional Scholar in Residence at iCivics; and Christopher R. Riano, President of the Center for Civic Education, for this introduction to “The Constitution Explained,” an extensive and engaging new series of brief, 2- to 3-minute videos explaining key concepts of the U.S. Constitution and how the American system of government has changed since the founding period. Teachers will learn what the series is all about and how they can implement it in their upper elementary, middle, and high school classrooms during Constitution Day and Citizenship Week and throughout the year. A Q&A session will follow presentation of the videos.

September 12, 2022, 7pm (ET)

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Center for Civic Education: Register for a Free Course on the U.S. Constitution

Are you interested in expanding your knowledge of the U.S. Constitution? Register to take the Center for Civic Education’s free, self-paced online course, “The U.S. Constitution: Its Foundations, Transformation, and Challenges.”

This course explores events that led to the transformation of the U.S. Constitution and our system of government from its foundation to what it is today. It is perfect for educators and lifelong learners who want to gain a deeper understanding of American constitutional democracy.

“The U.S. Constitution: Its Foundations, Transformation, and Challenges” is entirely self-paced, so you can complete it on your schedule. You can take the entire course or select the sessions that interest you. The course features scholars recorded during the 2021 Presidential Academy for American History and Civics, sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

REGISTER HERE