“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”
Peace Action Wisconsin would like to offer its wholehearted appreciation for the important work you do. Educators (and education, in general), are constantly under attack as our state and nation endure increasing austerity and cuts. We recognize that the education of our youth is the most important and worthy investment our society can make. Further, the inclusion of social justice in education is necessary if we are to build a better world. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of resources for educators that specifically focus on issues of social, economic, and environmental justice. We hope you find these resources useful.
Invite us to your classroom! Peace Action Wisconsin and other community allies are ready and willing to visit your classrooms to lead activities and discussions on a variety of topics! Conflict resolution, immigration, foreign policy & war — you name it, we’ve got it covered.
Call us at 414–964-5158 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a speaker!
Fiscal Showdown in Washington — the “Fiscal Cliff” explained: Although March 1st has passed, the effects of sequestration will be felt for some time to come. Brought to us by U.S. Action, this page has everything you need to understand what was the so-called fiscal “cliff,” including a powerpoint presentation, handouts with talking points, and complete presentation guide. The presentation also includes great information on military spending and its lack of job creation, as well as the bloated Pentagon budget.
Rethinking Schools Lesson Plans on War: Lots of great lesson plans and downloadable materials for educators, including a new release called Teaching About the Wars — a dream resource for teachers interested in social justice!
Teachers for Social Justice: based in Chicago, TSJ has downloadable curriculum on a wide range of subjects, including youth violence, environmentalism, and art. TSJ does a great job of incorporation various subjects (like math, science, etc.) into social justice curriculum.
Slavery by Another Name: Focused on the struggle of Black Americans immediately after the Civil War, PBS’s Slavery by Another Name is a look at race, labor, and social relations in the South. Stream the entire PBS documentary and utilize loads of data, discussion, and curriculum. Perfect for classes in history, sociology, or incorporation into programs commemorating Black History Month.
Teaching the Levees: Curriculum and teachers’ guide to Spike Lee’s documentary of Hurricane Katrina, When the Levees Broke. The most extensive coverage of Hurricane Katrina, complete with first-hand video coverage, the reactions of elected officials, the militarization of the city, shootings of hurricane victims, and the aftermaths of these tragedies years later, this is a must-see & must-teach for high school students and teachers alike.
So Others Might Eat: SOME has evolved from a soup kitchen into a comprehensive social services agency that addresses emergency, socialization, and rehabilitative needs of people who are homeless. This curriculum is specifically focused on homelessness.
Truth in Military Recruitmen handouts: Get facts and handouts regarding the truth on military recruitment and service — what the recruiters don’t tell our youth! Includes alternatives to enlistment, bilingual handouts, as well as a powerpoint presentation (with facts on PTSD, naturalization through military service, and more). Endorsed by Peace Action Wisconsin, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Veterans for Peace. Interested in hosting a guest speaker on this topic to lead your class in discussion and activities? Call 414–964-5158 or email email@example.com
Cesar Chavez Foundation: Today, the U.S. Latino population finds itself pitched in a battle for civil rights, as the war against workers and immigrants continues in full swing. Celebrate the history of Latino and worker resistance as Cesar Chavez’s spirit continues fighting in every community across our nation.
The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research & Education Institute:
Comprehensive MLK site with everything you need.
Gandhi: Comprehension and discussion guide based around the 1982 film. Even if you don’t want to show the film to your students (or would rather only show bits and pieces), this guide provides everything you need for fruitful lesson plans.