I have been working with The Asian American Education Project recently in developing workshops for AAPI curriculum. We will be running our FREE K-12 curriculum workshops April to June. Read this post for more information!
I was previously working with Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ) in 2020 when they were producing the PBS docuseries, Asian Americans, which can be viewed at this link here. My role as a curriculum writer eventually expanded into the roles of educational consultant, curriculum developer, and workshop trainer. As a continuation of the project, it eventually evolved into The Asian American Education Project.
One cool share is that about a decade ago, AAAJ was known as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) and they had a program that ran as an elective at my high school called "Leadership Development in Intergroup Relations," or LDIR. I was a part of my high school's first LDIR class and it was one of the most important classes I ever took in high school and really helped shaped me into the person I am today. To me, it's been really cool how I have kind of completed a full circle that I am here helping out AAAJ now.
Anyways, about the workshops...
Each workshop covers a theme significant to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, including anti-Asian hate, citizenship, civil rights, identity, immigration, and racism.
You can learn more about how Asian immigrants have contributed and shaped the way the country is today since their arrival as far back as the 1800s. From labor activism to fighting for school integration and citizenship rights in the courts, and against model minority, perpetual foreigner stereotypes and anti-Asian hate, this one of the fastest-growing populations has faced adversity, and fought for opportunities to create roots here in the U.S.
I will be running the workshops for them on Sundays and Tuesdays from now until June. We'll probably have more down the line as well!
Sign up for workshops at https://asianamericanedu.org/workshops.html
You can also access our curriculum at our website: https://asianamericanedu.org/
I'm Jayson, a high school social science teacher with a strong passion for social justice and public education issues.