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Excerpt from Race Ahead by Ellen McGirt (August 6, 2019)

Addressing violent events: Best practices for teachers and parents. It’s a nightmarish conundrum. Talk about what’s happened and risk frightening children. Don’t talk about what’s happened and risk normalizing terror, or worse, teaching kids that they can’t talk about difficult or scary things. Facing History , a nonprofit educational and professional development organization has a guide to help you sort out your own feelings on the issue, designed specifically for terroristic violence aimed at people based on their identity.

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Join us August 31st at Oaks Park!
The Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon presents

the 9th Annual Arab Festival

Join us as we celebrate our Arab heritage with live music featuring musicians from the Arab world, dabka, a Souq (Bazaar), Middle Eastern cuisine, henna, games, dance, poetry and networking opportunities.

Kid friendly environment: Carnival games, face-painting and much, much more! All are Welcome!

Location: Oaks Park 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR

You'll find more information about this event here:  


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September 12, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Eastern Time

Current Events in Your Classroom
Teaching current events can be challenging: The news cycle moves quickly, stories are complex, and the issues can spark strong emotions.  We know, however, that engaging students with current events is a crucial part of their development as informed and humane participants in a democracy.
In this webinar, we will share:
 - Tips for making meaningful connections between current events and your curriculum

- Strategies for navigating partisan politics in diverse classrooms

- Media and news literacy tools as well as teaching tools for addressing both breaking news and ongoing news issues 

This webinar is from 3:00–4:00 PM ET. If this time does not work for your schedule, be sure to register and we’ll send you the recording of the webinar.

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