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April 2012

Dear Zinn Education Project friends,


We bring you many exciting announcements, including the first Myles Horton Education Award for Teaching a People's History, the launch of our monthly column If We Knew Our History on the importance of teaching a people's history, the release of the first installment of our Stories of Teaching a People's History recordings, upcoming spring conferences, and new teaching activities and resources
Sean Arce Mexican American Studies Program Director Sean Arce Selected for the 2012 Myles Horton Education Award

The 2012 Myles Horton Award for Teaching People's History honoree is Sean Arce, co-founder and director of the Mexican American Studies program in Tucson, Ariz. The Zinn Education Project is delighted to honor Sean Arce for his instrumental role in nurturing one of the most significant and successful public school initiatives on the teaching of history in the United States. Read more.

The Zinn Education Project introduces students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of United States history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula.

The Zinn Education Project is a collaboration between Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change
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The Daily Show The Daily Show on Ethnic Studies

On April 2, The Daily Show aired a segment on the ban on the Mexican American Studies (MAS) program in Tucson. Read more and watch segment.

If We Knew Our HistoryIf We Knew Our History Series Launch
The Real Irish American Story Not Taught in Schools by Bill Bigelow kicked off our new monthly column on the importance of teaching a people's history. This article was published on The Huffington Post, Common Dreams, and AlterNet. Thanks to all who helped spread the word and "liked" the article. The next installment will post soon. Stay tuned. 
Stories of Teaching a People's History  
In partnership with StoryCorps' National Teachers Initiative
William Holtzman interviews Robert Roth

"I think that if you're afraid to challenge some of the fundamentals of the mainstream view of American history, you're dancing around reality."

Deborah Menkart interviews Elizabeth Davis

"They said, 'But why won't the community stop it?' I said, 'You're the community...so what are you going  

to do about it?'"

Want to record your story of teaching a people's history? 
We can arrange for you to record in one of the StoryCorps' stationary booths located in San Francisco, New York, or Atlanta. Visit our site for more information.   
Precious Knowledge Airs on PBS

Tune in May 17 for PBS Broadcast of Precious Knowledge
Spread the word. PBS will broadcast the documentary Precious Knowledge on May 17. Check your local listings for showtimes.

Precious Knowledge illustrates an epic civil rights battle as brave students and teachers battle with lawmakers and public opinion in an effort to keep their classes alive. Read more.


Spring Conferences   

AERA Conference
April 14-16 | Vancouver
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the Word

Thinking Outside the Textbook Booklet
Request our free promotional booklet, Thinking Outside the Textbook, to pass out.
It features:

- The People vs. Columbus et al.
Teaching Activity


- Top 20 Downloaded Activities


Bookmarks also available.  

Read more. 

Oregon NAME
April 21 | Portland, OR
Educators' Network for Social Justice
April 21 | Franklin, WI
Bread and Roses Symposium

April 28 | Lawrence, MA
TAG Boston
May 19 | Boston
May 30-June 1 | New York

New Teaching Activities and Resources  

ANPO: Art X War
ANPO: Art X War
Film review and teaching activity that tackle the U.S. occupation of Japan.
On Coal River
Film (free) and teaching guide on mountaintop removal.

Indispensable Zinn
The Indispensable Zinn
The Essential Writings of the "People's Historian"
Black Indians
A Hidden Heritage


Thank you!Thanks to everyone who voted for the Zinn Education Project on the 2011 Working Assets/CREDO ballot, we received $67,000 to help fund our work in 2012. This provides 50 percent of the annual funding needed to sustain the website and free teaching resources. We depend on individual donors for the balance of the funding. Please consider making a donation today to the Zinn Education Project. Read more
Thank you for bringing a people's history to the classroom!




Lauren Cooper
For the Zinn Education Project