Holidays

"No justice, no peace," shouts choreographer Markesha Howlett with Visual Movements, as she leads a march from the Old Courthouse in St. Louis to the riverfront during the second annual Juneteenth Commemoration, "On Their Shoulders" on June 19, 2021.
"No justice, no peace," shouts choreographer Markesha Howlett with Visual Movements, as she leads a march from the Old Courthouse in St. Louis to the riverfront during the second annual Juneteenth Commemoration, "On Their Shoulders" on June 19, 2021.
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Curriculum Q&A Juneteenth: How and Why It Should Be Taught in K-12 Schools
The national holiday's legacy is worth studying year-round, says the leader of a Black education research collective.
Ileana Najarro, June 17, 2022
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Children play while waiting for sunset when they can break their fast during Ramadan on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. During the month, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.
Children play while waiting for sunset when they can break their fast during Ramadan on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. During the month, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.
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Student Well-Being Kids Are Balancing Fasting and School During Ramadan. How to Support Them
Muslim children often have to juggle their religious obligations with academics, extracurricular activities, and other social pressures.
Ada Tseng, Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2022
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Dressed in his dinosaur Halloween costume, Martin, 4, attends a class Zoom for his public school prekindergarten class, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Washington. Martin chose to be a "deinonychus" for Halloween, and wore the costume in celebration the day before the holiday.
Dressed in his dinosaur Halloween costume, Martin, 4, attends a class Zoom for his public school prekindergarten class, in Washington.
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School & District Management Why Students Ghost the Day After Halloween (And What Schools Can Do About It)
Missing school on Nov. 1 can for some students lead to chronic absenteeism and academic problems down the road.
Stephen Sawchuk, October 27, 2021
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Attendees dressed as characters from "Squid Game" pose during New York Comic Con at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in New York.
Attendees dressed as characters from "Squid Game" pose during New York Comic Con at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in New York.
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School Climate & Safety Schools Ban 'Squid Game' Costumes for Halloween
N.Y. school officials are telling parents the popular Netflix series has no place in schools, either as a costume or a game at recess.
Elizabeth Doran, syracuse.com, October 22, 2021
1 min read
Paper craft with construction paper, scissors, pencil, and glue. Turkey made out of construction paper.
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Curriculum As Thanksgiving Approaches, 'Unlearning' History Continues
Thanksgiving offers schools an opportunity to take a hard look at narratives that minimize colonial oppression of Native Americans.
Mark Lieberman, November 22, 2019
1 min read
Social Studies Teachers Rethink the Real Lessons of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is often seen as a quintessential feel-good holiday, but many argue the way its taught in schools perpetuates a myth and dishonors Native Americans.
Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, November 21, 2018
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Teaching Opinion Response: Use the Lead-Up Time to School Breaks for 'Hidden' Learning Opportunities
John Spencer, Kevin Parr, Jessica Torres, and Tammy Quist share their suggestions on how to handle the time leading up to school breaks.
Larry Ferlazzo, July 16, 2018
12 min read
Teaching Opinion The Blessings of Liberty Include Fully Public Education
I think I was experiencing the sacred last night, watching the 90-something Navy man sing 'Anchors Aweigh' in the front row--and the grandfathers who served in Vietnam shyly nod to each other across the crowd. I also thought about where and how those men and women were educated. Where did they absorb the idea that citizenship is both blessing and duty? Who taught them to read and calculate, who nurtured their talents and their dreams?
Nancy Flanagan, July 5, 2018
2 min read
Teaching Opinion For Valentine's Day, Students Can Lead the Way
If we provide structure and support for students to raise their voices and take action, they can astonish us with their capacity—and show us a good time!
Ariel Sacks, January 31, 2018
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Curriculum Opinion Holiday Movies That Will Spark Fun Class Discussion
Holiday movies offer opportunities to talk about family traditions, charity, and treating other people the way we wish to be treated.
Starr Sackstein, December 21, 2017
3 min read
Student Well-Being Opinion Happy Halloween! Be Playful and Artistic in School on Holidays
Dressing up and playing (often challenging) "scary" music is good curricular and instructional practice. It encourages young adolescents to be kids again in an increasingly frightening adult world—playful and artistic, sharing their burgeoning talents with their community.
Nancy Flanagan, October 31, 2017
2 min read
Curriculum Opinion Memorial Day
Instead of providing the programs that students find most compelling, we're on a path to strip public education clean of richness, culture and (yes, I'm going to say it) fun. Over 125 people participated in our local Memorial Day service today-- and virtually all of them learned the essential skills of making music, public speaking and patriotic customs in a public school someplace. They still use these capacities to make their lives more enjoyable and meaningful, to take a day away from work, to think about honoring those who died to preserve democracy.
Nancy Flanagan, May 30, 2016
2 min read
Teaching Opinion Kindergartners Think in Beautiful Drawings About Dr. Martin Luther King
Kindergartner, dreaming of a better world: "I would have everyone go to the same school." Now there's a dream--what if everyone went to the same school, where there were plenty of art supplies and a teacher who nurtured drawing skills as well as conversations about the people who changed the country where these children live?
Nancy Flanagan, February 1, 2016
2 min read
Education Opinion Holiday Placemats for Social Justice
Do my liberal friends understand why things like Harvard's "holiday placemats for social justice" drive some of us around the bend? It's honestly tough for me to tell.
Rick Hess, December 18, 2015
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