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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Religious Holidays

If you want to include religious holidays as part of classroom inquiry, it is important to plan for them. Keep the following guidelines in mind.
Professional Development Topic
Instruction
Topic
THE MOMENT

Rethinking Winter Holidays

Many schools enjoy celebrating a non-religious "holiday season" but clearly favor Christmas in their traditions and decor. Moreover, important non-Christian holidays that don't occur in December are often overlooked completely. This edition of The Moment offers resources that can help your school community become more inclusive by reflecting on how and when holidays show up in your hallways, assemblies and classrooms.

ARTICLE

Avoiding the Holiday 'Balance Traps'

Many educators believe they are offering a balance when it comes to acknowledging holidays, but Christmas continues to receive the greatest emphasis. This excerpt from 'Celebrate!: An Anti-Bias Guide to Enjoying Holidays in Early Childhood Programs' can help you avoid this and other equity pitfalls.
ARTICLE

Balancing the Holidays in Your Classroom

Each year at this time, teachers are faced with a dilemma: How to balance the holidays to create the most inclusive environment? As Hanukkah comes to a close and Christmas approaches, many teachers will decorate with candy canes, glittered Christmas trees and construction-papered dreidels. But there are more holidays being celebrated this month.
LEARNING PLAN

Holidays Around the World

  • What are traditions and celebrations of people from around the world?
  • What are the differences between how I live and how others live?
  • Grade Level
    K-2
    Subject
    Social Studies
    Topic
    Social Justice Domains
    ARTICLE

    Something Yule Want To Do At The Holidays

    I once had an elementary school teacher who tried a multicultural approach to the holiday season. She told my class about Hanukkah, which she described as being a kind of “Jewish Christmas.” This fascinated us until we discovered that the gift-giving aspect of Hanukkah was spread out over several days. As fans of Santa Claus, we couldn’t help thinking that Jewish kids must have it tough.
    LEARNING PLAN

    Learning Diversity Through Celebrated Holidays

  • How can I describe and compare my group identities with those of other people?
  • How can I describe ways people are different from me?
  • How can I live, work and play with others when we have differences?
  • Why is history important? Does it affect how people live today?
  • Grade Level
    3-5
    Subject
    Social Studies
    History
    Social Justice Domains