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      Mar

      • March is...

        National Women's History Month

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        National Women's History Month celebrates the rich and inspiring heritage of the contributions of women to the United States. For information and materials, visit National Women’s History Project at www.nwhp.org  Additionally, check out our Advisory Lessons for more resources.  

        Some of our most pertinent Stories of Excellence Advisory Lessons can be found below.

         


         

        We Are One: Standing with Immigrant Families Awareness Month

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        We Are One: Standing with Immigrant Families Awareness Month was designated by the LA School Board to increase and improve resources for students, staff, and families, and develop supports for post-graduate college and career opportunities for undocumented students. Read the board resolution here.

        Harvard recently published resources for helping newcomers in the classroom, read more about their findings here.  The following Advisory Lessons may be used to explore this topic with students. 

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        March 21st - World Down Syndrome Day

        March 21st signifies the unique triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.

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        March 31st - Transgender Day of Visibility 

        Celebrates transgender people through stories of excellence, contributions, and resiliency.

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        March 31st - Cesar Chavez Day

        This commemorative holiday celebrates the birth and legacy of civil rights and movement activist Cesar Chavez. (Ed Code 37220, Board Rule 1102).


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        Additional commemorations can be found below.

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      • April 24 is Denim Day  


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        April is...

        asdfAutism Awareness & Neurodiversity Awareness Month


        Autism Awareness & Neurodiversity Awareness Month highlights the need for education and awareness about neurodiversity as well as other topics within the autism community. The Office of Human Relations, Diversity & Equity has an Advisory Lesson to share with students about Neurodiversity.

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        National Arab American Heritage Month

        ARAB AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

        Arab America and the Arab America Foundation launched the National Arab American Heritage Month initiative in 2017, with just a handful of states recognizing the initiative. In 2021, Congress, the U.S. Department of State, and 37 state governors issued proclamations commemorating the initiative.The President of the United States recognized the month of April as National Arab American Heritage Month with a special commemorative letter to our organization.  

        Please visit the Arab American Foundation and History for more information.

          


         

        Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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        Sexual Assault Awareness Month calls upon all people to share responsibility for protecting each other from sexual assault, supporting victims when it does occur and bringing perpetrators to justice.  Visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Center for more information.

         

         

         

         

         


         

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        The month of the Military Child underscores the significant role of the 1.3 million school children in the Armed Forces community.

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        April 12th - Day of Silence

        Participants take a vow of silence to bring attention to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender biased name-calling, bullying and harassment. 

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        April 24th - Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

        Commemorates the 1.5 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire who perished between 1915 and 1923. (Ed Code 37220)

         

         


         

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        April 24th - Denim Day

        Wear jeans to raise awareness about sexual assault.

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      May

      • May is...

        AAPI Heritage Monthasdf

        AAPI Heritage Month celebrates the collective accomplishments of Asian Pacific Islanders who comprise many ethnic groups with diverse backgrounds, histories, languages, and cultures. Based on Board Rule 1102.

        Please visit the Asian Pacific Heritage for more information. 

        We have curated select Advisory Lessons to highlight notable AAPI folks and cultural events below. 

        Stories of Excellence - Tammy Duckworth - Introduces students to the double amputee Senator and war veteran. 

        Stories of Excellence - Rob Bonta - Introduces students to the first Filipino American to Serve in the CA Legislature 

        Stories of Excellence- Kim Ng - Introduces the first woman executive in Major League Baseball

        Obon - August 13-16 2021

        Dawali - November 14 - learn the Indian festival of lights

        Bodhi Day - January 20- learn about this Buddhist holiday

        Lunar New Year - February 12 - learn about the new year celebrated by many Asian countries

        Ramadan - April

         


         

        Jewish Heritage Month

        dfgghJewish American Heritage Month pays tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who helped form the fabric of American history, culture, and society. Please visit Jewish American Heritage Month for more info. 

        We have curated select Advisory Lessons to highlight notable Jewish folks and cultural events below.

        Stories of Excellence - Janet Yellen - Meet the first woman to hold the position of US Secretary of the Treasury. 

        Stories of Excellence - RGB - Introduces students to the late Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg who tirelessly fought for women's rights throughout her career. 

        Rosh Hashanah - September 6-8, 2021 - learn about Jewish new year 

        Hanukkah - learn about this Jewish commemoration 

        Shavuot 2021 - May Learn about the Jewish celebration 

         


         

        Additional commemorations can be found below.

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        • International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
        • Memorial Day 
        • May Day 
        • Eid Al-Fitr

        • National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls/ Red Dress Day

         

         

         

      Jun

      • June is...

        PRIDE! 

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        Pride Month honors the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, which was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement.
        Pride Month recognizes how LGBTQ Americans have strengthened our country. Pride Month is celebrated internationally. Click the image on the right for more resources! 

        Please visit the Library of Congress for more information. 

        We have curated select Advisory Lessons to highlight notable LGBTQ folks and cultural events below. 

        Say Gay - Engage students in critical thinking about the different laws regulating SOGIE in schools.

        Stonewall - Introduces students to the Stonewall Riots

        All Are Welcome - Teaches students how to create SOGIE affirming classrooms 

        Gender Roles - Encourages students to explore gender roles and how they are imposed by society.

        Stories of Excellence - Elliot Page Introduces students to the world famous actor who came out as transgender in 2020. 

        Stories of Excellence - Harvey Milk Introduces students to LGBT Activist and politician. 

        Stories of Excellence - Sylvia Rivera Introduces students to Transgender Rights Activist 

        Stories of Excellence - Marsha P Johnson Introduces students to Transgender Rights Activist. 

        Stories of Excellence - Jeanne Manford Introduces students to LGBT Rights Activist and the founder of PFLAG. 

        Stories of Excellence - Pauli Murray Introduces students to LGBT and Civil Rights Activist who broke many barriers and is often overlooked in history. 

        Stories of Excellence - Layshia Clarendon Introduces students to WNBA star who came out as transgender in 2020 and received praise and support from their contemporaries. 

        Stories of Excellence - Caster Semenya Introduces students to the Olympic Athlete who changed history in her battle to eliminate gender policing in the Olympics. 

         


         

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        Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. It is also often observed to celebrate African-American culture. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States since 1865.

        Please visit History for more information, and Common Sense Media and Learning for Justice for additional resources.

        Please feel free to use our Junetheenth advisory lesson to teach this important date to your students. 

         


         

        Additional commemorations can be found below.

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      Jul

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        Muslim American Heritage Month

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        Muslim American Heritage Month was instituted by the city of Los Angeles to promote and encourage awareness of the significant contributions made by the city's Muslim population in culture, social services, education, politics, business, technology, and the arts.  

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        bannerBlack, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health Month 

        Black, Indigenous and People of Color Mental Health Month exists to bring awareness to unique struggles that underrepresented groups face regarding mental illness.  

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        The 4th of July

        Americans with Disabilities Day 

         

         

      Aug

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      • September is...

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        Latinx Heritage Month  

        Latinx Heritage Month celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Latinx Americans and the many contributions they have and continue to make to American culture. The month-long celebration from September 15 - October 15 was designated by presidential proclamation (36 United States Code 126).

        Please check out our array of Advisory lessons celebrating the Latinx people, their accomplishments and culture!

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        Teach Central America Week is October 3-9

         

         


         

        Suicide Prevention Month
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        National Suicide Prevention Month is a time for mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members to unite and promote suicide prevention awareness.

         

        Please note, September 4-10 is National Suicide Prevention Week.

        September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. 

         

        Check out the LAUSD School Mental Health website for more information. 

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        Additional commemorations can be found below.

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      • October is...

         

        LGBT History Month
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        Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) History Month marks and celebrates the achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. In the United States, LGBT History Month is celebrated in October to coincide with National Coming Out Day on October 11th. Head on over to GLSEN for additional resources!  Click here

        The Office of Human Relations, Diversity & Equity SOGIE & GSA page has a plethora of resources for educators, administrators, students and parents.

        Additionally, the Advisory Lesson page offers a multitude of LGBT+ lessons for educators to share with students.  Some of the most pertinent lessons can be found below. 

        Harvey Milk - Introduces students to LGBT activists and politicians. 

        Marsha P. Johnson - Introduces students to Transgender Rights Activist 

        Sylvia Rivera - Introduces students to Transgender Rights Activist 

        Stonewall Riots - Introduces students to the historical events that occurred in the summer of 1969. 

         


         

        LAUSD Affirms LGBTQ+ handoutsLA Unified School District is committed to fostering an affirming learning and working environment for our LGBTQ+ students, staff and families.

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        Bullying Prevention Month and Unity Day!

        sdfaIn honor of Bullying Prevention Month, HRDE would like to highlight the incredible work that PACER is doing to unite school communities for kindness, acceptance and inclusion!  Team up with your school to send a visible message that no child should ever experience bullying! Find more resources at Pacer.org

        Additionally, check out our Bullying page for an array of resources for educators, administrators, students and parents. 

        The Advisory Lesson page has push-and-play lessons that may help amplify important skills and traits to increase kindness, empathy, and civility.  Some of the most pertinent lessons can be found below:

        All Are Welcome

        I Disagree! 

        Let's Talk About Feelings 

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        Additional commemorations can be found below.

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        • Dyslexia Awareness Month
        Domestic Violence Awareness Month
        • Indigenous Peoples Day (October 12) - Advisory Lesson
         

         

      Nov

      • November is...

         

        Native American History Month
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        National Native American Indian/Alaskan Native Heritage Month remembers the contributions of the Indigenous People and Alaska Natives and honors the heritage of our continent’s first inhabitants. Check out the Library of Congress to get more information! 

        The Office of Human Relations, Diversity & Equity has curated a collection of Advisory Lesson for educators to share with students.  Some of the most pertinent lessons can be found below. 

        Let's Talk About Thanksgiving - Learn about some of the historical inaccuracies about Thanksgiving. 

        National Day of Mourning - Learn about the day of protest held by Native Americans to mourn ancestors and the theft of their lands.

        The Tataviam People - Introduces students to the Tataviam people, Indigenous to the San Fernando Valley.  

         


          

        youth homeless awarenessHomeless Youth Awareness Month

        National Homeless Youth Awareness Month provides an opportunity to bring attention to the experiences of over 13,700 homeless students attending LAUSD schools. 

        Check out the LAUSD Student Support Programs and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network for more information.  

         

         


         

        Additional commemorations can be found below.

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        • Veterans Day
        • Thanksgiving
        • Dia de Los Muertos (Advisory Lesson)

         

         

      Dec

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      • January is...prevention


        National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month

        Human trafficking is a crime in which force, fraud or coercion is used to compel a person to perform labor, services or commercial sex. It affects all populations: adults, children, men, women, foreign nationals and U.S. citizens, and all economic classes.

        For additional resources, please refer to Student Support Programs

          


         

        Poverty Awareness Month

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        January is Poverty Awareness Month, a month-long initiative to raise awareness and call attention to the growth of poverty in America.  For more information about poverty in America, and what you can do to make a difference, check out Heartland Alliance

         

         

          

         


          

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         Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: What are you doing for others? Transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into a service that empowers and strengthens local communities. Observed the third Monday of January or Friday in week of which January 15 occurs. (Ed Code 37220, Board Rules 1101, 1102) https://americorps.gov 

         

         


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        International Holocaust Remembrance Day

        International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Established by the United Nations to recognize the 6+ million Jews and other victims systematically murdered in Nazi Germany.   

         

         

         

         


         

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      • February is...

        Black History Monthblack history

        Black History Month was created in 1926 as a month-long celebration to reflect on the history, teachings and achievements of African Americans. The acknowledgment of Black History Month is supported by LAUSD Board Rule 1102.  The Office of Human Relations, Diversity & Equity has developed a plethora of resources to support the inclusion of Black History into the curriculum year round.  Please check out our Advisory Lessons and Standing With Black Students, Staff and Families pages for more resources. Furthermore, Common Sense Media has curated a list of Books about Extraordinary Black Women in American History.   Additionally, check out these 38 Ways to Intentionally Celebrate Black History Month

        Some of our most pertinent Advisory Lessons can be found below. 

         


         

        Body Positivity Month

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        February is body positivity month, a time to celebrate you and your body!

        Body positivity is not just about how you feel about yourself on the outside. It is about appreciating what your body does for you. And it does a lot more than you think. Read more about the movement here

        All Are Welcome - Welcoming Classrooms for all

        Let's Talk About Feelings - Normalizing feelings 

         

          


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        February 1 - National Freedom Day

        The day that commemorates the signing of the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery in 1865.  

         

         


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        February 10 - Lunar New Year 

        Lunar New Year is the longest and most important celebration in many Asian countries. Festivities traditionally start on the first day of the lunar month and continue for two weeks. 2024 is the Year of the Wood Dragon. (Ed Code 37220) 

         

         

         

         


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        February 19 - Day of Remembrance - Japanese Incarceration

        The anniversary of Executive Order 9066 that authorized the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. Programs seek to educate the public about the fragility of civil rights during wartime. 

         


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        February 14 - #NoOneEatsAloneDay

        A day of action and school-based program that encourages youth to sit with others, find new friends, and model ways to end social isolation in the lunch room.

         

         


         

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