Free Professional Development Workshops
In this series of virtual workshops, the Asian American Education Project will be showcasing our curriculum on the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (“APIDA”) experience. These workshops are divided into various themes to make it easier for educators to adapt the entire or part of the curriculum into their own teaching practice. Workshop participants will:
Our lesson plans are developed in partnership with UCLA Asian American
Studies Center and PBS LearningMedia. The thematic unit was created by
Waka Takahashi Brown, Curriculum Specialist,
Stanford Program on International and
Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) with our lesson plans.
- Learn more about and become familiar with the content of each thematic unit
- Learn how to navigate the Asian American Education Project website
- Be able to apply the Asian American Education Project’s curriculum into their own teaching practice
Professional Development Credits
- You may be eligible to receive one-hour credit for professional
development / salary advancement. Please check with your school to
determine if this is an option.
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- A full hour of attendance and the completion of the Professional Development Reflection Form are required to receive a certificate.
- Workshops have been approved by LAUSD for Professional Development Salary Point Advancement Credits.
- Workshops have been approved by NYC DOE for CTLE Professional Development Certificates.
Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA)
Amplify APIDA in May
Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) histories should be taught all year long. But, they should be especially amplified in May, which is officially designated as APIDA Heritage Month. In this workshop, The Asian American Education Project will share best practices and activities to ensure your K-12 curricula is inclusive and appreciative of the APIDA experience. Celebrate the significant contributions of our APIDA communities and commit to racial justice.
For most of U.S. history, APIDAs were not able to immigrate and claim American citizenship. This workshop discusses how APIDAs fought for their citizenship rights in the courts. Student activities will examine three court cases: United States v. Wong Kim Ark (1898), Takao Ozawa v. United States (1922), and United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind (1923). In the first court case, students will learn about the citizenship clause in the 14th Amendment. In the latter two cases, students will learn that race is a social construct. In United States v. Wong Kim Ark, it was Wong Kim Ark, a Chinese restaurant worker, whose landmark case affirmed birthright citizenship for all Americans regardless of the race and nationality of their parents.
The incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II is the most horrific violation of the U.S. Constitution against APIDAs. Their incarceration violated almost all the amendments in the Bill of Rights, plus others. Almost the entire population of innocent Japanese Americans on the West Coast were incarcerated for over three years due to their heritage. This workshop shows activities for students to learn how to apply the Constitution.
Elementary Education: Content and Strategies
This workshop will focus on delivering the Asian American Education Project’s curriculum on APIDAs to elementary school students. The workshop presenter will show ways to bring APIDAs into cross-curricular activities such as physical education, art, music and math. Participants will have opportunities to share ideas.
History and Resistance of Violence Against APIDAs
Violence against APIDAs is part of the long history of the U.S. Building futures free from such xenophobic and race-based violence begins with recognizing and understanding that history. Through this workshop, participants will learn about four different instances of anti-APIDA violence and the affected community’s response. Participants will also receive suggestions for supporting students and educators for dealing with anti-Asian racism.
This workshop discusses the meaning of nationality, race and ethnicity.
- Many APIDAs are born in the U.S. and many have become naturalized citizens. They are Americans by nationality.
- Race is a social construct. There is no scientific base to it. It is a human-invented classification system. And it is used to reinforce a social hierarchy.
- APIDAs are not a monolithic group. They are very diverse. This workshop will cover the Model Minority Myth. The term "model minority" implies other minorities are not models, and serves as a racial wedge.
APIDAs were once excluded from entering the U.S. The Civil Rights Movement spearheaded by Black Americans led to the revision of discriminatory laws including immigration laws—leading to the passage of the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965. Today, APIDAs are the fastest growing population in the U.S. This workshop shows activities for students to examine the cause and effect of various events and policies in U.S. history. This workshop also shows how Black American and APIDA histories are interconnected. Students will learn about cross-cultural solidarity.
Integrating APIDAs in Your Everyday Teaching
This workshop is designed to provide educators with multiple ways to integrate APIDA histories into existing teaching strategies. The goal of this workshop is to help educators brainstorm ways to seamlessly include APIDA narratives and to move beyond focusing only on heritage months and holidays related to APIDA communities.
Another key component of this workshop is to make teachers feel competent and comfortable in presenting APIDA histories. APIDA history and content must be taught intentionally and exist throughout curricula. It is also important for APIDA histories to be taught through the perspective of APIDAs.
The Perpetual Foreigner Stereotype is the systemic racism against APIDAs. The stereotype is perpetuated by all levels of society, from Hollywood to the White House. Throughout history and present day, the practice of yellowface and whitewashing is common in Hollywood. Racial slurs including “Kung Flu” and “China Virus” are being used by the American president. This workshop shows examples of activities for students to exchange experiences of racism's impact on people's lives.
Stand Against Hatred: The South Asian American Community Pre and Post 9/11
This workshop covers a few lesson plans on South Asian Americans, from the 1800s to the present day. In 1800s South Asian men migrated to and thrived in the U.S. while their original homes were being colonized. They settled in neighborhoods who would accept them, such as Black, Mexican, and Puerto Rican communities. They thrived in farming, Today, South Asian American-owned farms produce over half of the country’s raisins and almonds. They overcame discrimination and contributed greatly to U.S. culture, politics, and economy.
On the anniversary of September 11th we honor the innocent lives lost during the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City. The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 marked a turning point in American policies toward immigration, privacy, and the way South Asian Americans were perceived and treated. South Asian Americans were scapegoated. Hate crimes and incidents were committed against them. Nonetheless, the community stays strong and resists in many ways.
Why AAPI Curriculum Matters
This workshop provides an overview of the Asian American Education Project’s lesson plans and the five thematic units on citizenship; civil rights; identity; immigration; and racism. It will cover the importance of including APIDA history in school curriculums through exploring the contributions of APIDAs in labor activism; the fight for school integration and citizenship rights; the use of Model Minority Myth as a racial wedge; how the Perpetual Foreigner Stereotype is part of systemic racism; and the intersectionality of APIDAs and other minority communities.
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