JEDI information for IC Imagine families
JEDI is an acronym for our school team focused on Justice, Equity, Dignity, and Inclusion. We want to empower adults and children in our community to learn and question through this lens. When we ask you to look at the world around you and put on your “JEDI goggles,” we mean asking questions like these:
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.
- Scholastic: Multiculturalism and Diversity in the Classroom
- Explore The National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Celebrate and Explore Black History Month with Reading Rockets.
- 45 Books to Teach Children About Black History Month.
- 23 Black History Movies to Stream with your Kids.
- Do’s and Don’ts of Teaching Black History
- Celebrate Women in this Black History Month
- From the banjo to hip hop, learn how popular music has been informed by the cultural resilience, ingenuity, and genius of the Black community in the face of injustice at Teachrock.
- 23 Black History Movies to Stream with your Kids.
Adult Only Resources:
In recognition of National Poverty in America Awareness Month, join us by supporting and raising awareness about local nonprofits making a difference in the fight to stamp out poverty for good.
HOW TO OBSERVE POVERTY AWARENESS MONTH
- Brush up on your knowledge of poverty
Poverty is not only about financial limitations but also includes many other factors. Learn why this is a global problem and how various countries measure poverty among their population.
2. See how you can help
Learn how organizations, local governments, and even non-profits are trying to reduce poverty in your community. Lend a helping hand in any way you can — whether it is by donations or volunteer work.
3. Put your knowledge to good use
How do you raise awareness about poverty? Use your newfound insight into poverty to talk to people and be active in your local community. Simply sharing your resources (and thoughts) can spread information about poverty to a lot of people.
|It started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S. and has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.
November is Native American Heritage Month. We pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.
Native American Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.
October is LGBT History Month!
Here at IC Imagine, we have staff and families who are part of the LGBTQ community, and we want to join them as they celebrate their history. Imagine is focused on creating an inclusive community where all members feel valued and seen. Sharing everyone’s history and celebrating their contributions is an important step towards this goal. Taking this step helps all students feel accepted, decreases bullying, and encourages healthy development and self-awareness. As we work to create a truly inclusive and welcoming school community, it is important that we include everyone’s history and accomplishments in our studies.
Why talk to your kids about LGBTQ+ history?
There is increasing evidence that positive discussion of LGBTQ+ people and issues helps build safer school environments, decreasing the educational, mental, and physical harms.
Stigma and discrimination leads to disproportionately high rates of mental-health issues and substance abuse among LGBTQ+ youth. Students who experience higher rates of victimization in school based on their gender expression or sexual orientation have lower self-esteem and higher rates of depression. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers, and more than half of transgender and gender nonconforming youth who experience harassment, assault, or discrimination in school attempt suicide. In what is called the minority stress effect, LGBTQ+ youth may use drugs, tobacco, and alcohol to cope with the stress of discrimination and stigma, resulting in disproportionately high rates of substance abuse.
September 15-October 15 we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. Discover documents, exhibits, films, blog posts and more from the National Archives and Presidential Libraries that highlight Hispanic culture.