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Every little girl should be able to wear a tutu

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“Ava is an ambitious teenager who owes much of her inner strength to a dance studio in South L.A. Founder Lula Washington and her daughter Tamica are professional dancers — and they are role models as well as teachers. At their dance school, African American children learn to respect themselves, their bodies, and their cultural traditions. The young dancers also defy stereotypes by mastering ballet. The dance program cultivates self-discipline and mutual support that enables girls like Ava to flourish even when their families are facing hard times.”
Grade Level
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Subject
History
Social Justice Domain
LEARNING PLAN

Discovering My Identity

  • How are our identities today shaped by society?
  • Do the ways we identify ourselves change over time?
  • Do the ways we present our identities change depending on where we are or the people we are with?
  • Grade Level
    6-8
    Subject
    Reading & Language Arts
    Topic
    Social Justice Domains
    LEARNING PLAN

    Power of words

  • What are the benefits and challenges of living in a diverse society?
  • How can we celebrate what we have in common while also honoring our differences?
  • How can we make connections across our differences?
  • Grade Level
    6-8
    Subject
    SEL
    Social Justice Domains