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LEARNING PLAN

Global Leadership: Identity and Diversity

  • What makes us who we are?
  • How are our identities today shaped by society?
  • What is the difference between feeling proud and feeling superior?
  • Why might people not feel safe to express all their identities?
  • How can we make connections across our differences?
  • How do communities become diverse?
  • What skills are necessary within diverse societies?
  • How does an individual benefit from living in a diverse society?
  • Grade Level
    Subject
    Reading & Language Arts
    Social Studies
    Civics
    History
    Economics
    Geography
    Social Justice Domains
    LEARNING PLAN

    Learning and Building Social Justice

  • What makes us who we are?
  • How are our identities today shaped by society?
  • How do different parts of our identities combine to make us who we are?
  • 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
    Social Studies
    Civics
    History
    Economics
    Social Justice Domains
    LEARNING PLAN

    Discovering and unpacking a sense of belonging.

  • What effect does injustice have on people and groups?
  • How does privilege shape the lives of individuals and groups?
  • 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 do communities become diverse?
  • How can we make connections across our differences?
  • How does an individual benefit from living in a diverse society?
  • What is the relationship between diversity and belonging?
  • Grade Level
    6-8
    Subject
    Civics
    Topic
    Social Justice Domains
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    Multimedia

    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”).”
    Grade Level
    6-8
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    TEXT
    Multimedia

    Familiar food turns a refuge into a home

    Refuge into a home
    “Padam and Purna were forced from their homeland in Bhutan and trapped in camps in Nepal for decades before being resettled in an alien land: Clarkston, Georgia. The refugees have found some stability, but still feel frustrated and uprooted, which leads to domestic violence and suicide in the refugee community. Padam and Purna realized that familiar food is the first step to feeling at home. They have opened a food store and other refugee-run businesses, which offer safe spaces and sources of mutual support for all the Asian refugees in Clarkston, who are united by their experience of trauma.”
    Grade Level
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Subject
    History
    Economics
    Geography
    Social Justice Domain
    TEXT
    Multimedia

    Dealing with depression -- through faith and acupuncture

    Dealing with Depression through faith and acupuncture
    “Esperanza is an undocumented Mexican immigrant in Compton, California. She suffers from fears and anxieties caused by her four previous deportations and her high-stress role as her family’s caregiver. Esperanza doesn’t see depression as a health problem. When she shares her struggles with a local priest, she discovers a network of support that ranges from her compadres to a free clinic.”
    Grade Level
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Subject
    History
    Social Justice Domain