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Jun 01, 2023


Story Behind the Woman Who Hid Anne Frank and Her Family

A limited series by National Geographic, available for streaming, combines the memoir of Miep Gies with original research to tell the story of this Dutch woman who hid Anne Frank, her family, and others in a secret space in an office building.

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Jun 01, 2023


Free Online Course on the Ins and Outs of Student Activism

Understanding and Supporting Student-led Activism” is a free, self-paced online course focused on understanding students’ social justice motivations and helping young people engage in civic improvement activities.

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Jun 01, 2023


Food Gardening Curriculum with Community Connection and Equity in Mind

Where does our food come from? Who has access to healthful food? How is climate change affecting our food? How is climate change affecting our food? Project S.O.W. (Seeds of Wonder), a free curriculum developed by Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), gives teachers ways to explore these issues with young people aged 13–19.

raised hands painted like the American flag

Jun 01, 2023


Civics Inquiry Lessons Integrating Storytelling, Digital Media, and Literacy

Civic Life Project partners with educators to teach civics through a unique digital storytelling curriculum. In collaboration, Civic Life Project and National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) have launched Compelling Interviews for Civic Engagement, a civics inquiry unit to help students develop informed, diverse perspectives on social issues they care about.

emancipated slaves Juneteenth

Jun 01, 2023


SPOTLIGHT! On the Historical Legacy of Juneteenth*

On “Freedom’s Eve,” or the eve of January 1, 1863, enslaved and free African Americans gathered in churches and private homes all across the country awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect. 

At the stroke of midnight, prayers were answered, as all enslaved people in Confederate States were declared legally free. Union soldiers, many of whom were Black, marched onto plantations and across cities in the South reading small copies of the Emancipation Proclamation, spreading the news of freedom in Confederate States. Only through the Thirteenth Amendment did emancipation end slavery throughout the United States.


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