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In a trailer park, isolated mothers pursue a shared dream

Metro Atlanta trailer park
“Zindy is a Mexican immigrant and domestic abuse survivor who lives with her five children at an isolated Atlanta-area trailer park. She notices that other park residents — immigrants from Mexico and Central America — struggle with the same issues she does, such as English fluency, reluctance to trust others, and limited access to education and other services. Zindy views their shared isolation as an opportunity and unites mothers in the community with similar cultural norms and practices — not to address shared problems, like domestic abuse, but to realize their common dreams for their children. This is the story of how they forged cultural ties and mutual trust, and the confidence to seek outside help in creating an escuelita (“little school”).”
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6-8
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Hawaiʻi Ponoʻi

The principal of Hālau Lōkahi, a public charter school in Hawaii, speaks to students about the importance of having an appreciation for Hawaiian tradition and history.
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Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson
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History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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A Rare Person

In this clip, Hoʻonani’s peers express acceptance and respect for her and her “place in the middle”—a gender-fluid place. Hoʻonani also speaks about her own identity.
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Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson
Social Justice Domain
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Hawaiians Live in Aloha

Screenshot of "A Place in the Middle: The True Meaning of Aloha" intro sequence.
This animation sequence explains traditional Hawaiian gender roles and their conception of māhū, or the middle. Kumu Hina, a teacher at Hālau Lōkahi— a public charter school in Hawaii—also discusses the history of colonization and its impact on Hawaiian culture.
Grade Level
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson
Subject
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain