Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, fiscal sponsor of the Asian American Education Project, Announces Asian American Education Project Workshops for K-12 Teachers

Workshops are designed to expand the inclusion of Asian American history in classrooms nationwide
For Immediate Release
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Mary Tablante 202-296-2300, ext. 0114 mtablante@advancingjustice-aajc.org

Washington, D.C.—April 7, 2021—Today, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, fiscal sponsor of The Asian American Education Project announces a series of free workshops for K-12 teachers designed to promote the inclusion of historically and culturally competent curriculum about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) nationwide.

The workshops start on April 18. Each workshop covers a theme significant to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. There are a total of six themes:  anti-Asian hate, citizenship, civil rights, identity, immigration, and racism.

The Asian American Education Project has K-12 lesson plans on the history of Asian Americans which is an integral part of American history. Since their arrival as far back as the 1800s, Asian immigrants have contributed and shaped the way the country is today. From labor activism to fighting for school integration and citizenship rights in the courts, and against model minority and perpetual foreigner stereotypes, Asian Americans have faced adversity and fought for opportunities to create roots here in the U.S. From building coalitions with other minority groups, Asian Americans have been a vital part of major historical achievements including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, and Title IX. Today, as one of the fastest-growing populations, Asian Americans continue to make further positive and effective changes towards a better future for the United States, together with all their fellow Americans.

“We are excited to hold these workshops to make it more accessible for K-12 educators to incorporate Asian American and Pacific Islander history into their curriculum, said Stewart Kwoh, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the Asian American Education Project. “AAPI history is American history. It is vital that our stories are told to students of all grade levels so that we may better inform future generations and build toward a more inclusive and equitable society.”

The lesson plans are developed in partnership with UCLA Asian American Studies Center and PBS LearningMedia. The thematic unit was created by Waka Takahashi Brown, Curriculum Specialist, Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) with our lesson plans.

We encourage spreading the word to relevant networks and to sign up for the workshops at https://asianamericanedu.org/workshops.html.