Free Professional Development Workshops
In this series of virtual workshops, the Asian American Education
Project will be showcasing our curriculum on the Asian American Pacific
Islander (“AAPI”) experience. It is divided into themes to
make it easier for educators to adapt the whole or part of the
curriculum into their own practice. The workshop participants will:
- Learn more about some of the content of each thematic unit
- Learn how to navigate our website
- Be able to apply our curriculum into their teaching practice
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.
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. To receive a certificate, please check
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you register. A full hour of attendance and the completion of the
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Why AAPI Curriculum Matters: Bridging History and Anti-Asian Hate
The history of AAPIs is an integral part of American history. Yet it is often forgotten or ignored in the classroom and public discourse. The workshop will give an overview of AAPI history by introducing five thematic units: Citizenship, Civil Rights, Identity, Immigration and Racism. It also explores the contribution of AAPIs in labor activism, the fight for school integration and citizenship rights. The workshop will also briefly describe the model minority myth as a racial wedge, the perpetual foreigner stereotype as part of systemic racism, and the intersectionality of Asians, Blacks, and Latinx.
What does it mean to be a U.S. citizen? What are the barriers to
citizenship? Even today, AAPIs still face such barriers. A forgotten
point is that there are Asian DREAMers. What barriers do they face?
The Citizenship unit examines the social construct of race, and the
definitions of ethnicity, nationality, citizenship and constitutional
rights. The unit looks into the barriers AAPIs face in realizing
citizenship. The workshop will explore the Citizenship unit.
Civil rights are not handed to us. They are fought for. The AAPI
population is not an exception. Faced with adversities, the AAPI
community has found ways to participate in the civil rights struggle.
The Civil Rights unit covers Asian Americans’ legal battles in
school desegregation, the constitutional violations of Japanese
Americans during WWII incarceration, the Filipino Americans’
grape strike for workers’ rights, the victimization of South
Asian Americans in the aftermath of 9/11/2001. In the workshop we will
take a look at the Civil Rights unit, diving into its history and
achievements the AAPI community has accomplished and challenges they
It is never too early to educate students about history and current
events. This workshop will focus on delivering our curriculum to
elementary school students.
What does it mean to be American? The criteria for what defines an
American have changed throughout history at the detriment to minority
populations. The Identity unit examines the model minority myth and
perpetual foreigner myth as forms of systemic racism against AAPIs.
The unit also examines the social construct of race, and the
definitions of ethnicity, nationality, citizenship and constitutional
rights. This unit coves what it means to be loyal Americans, using
WWII as a backdrop. This unit covers the rise of Asian Americans in
public offices, in advancing equality for women and LGBTQ rights. This
unit covers the importance of knowing your own history as key to
knowing yourself and your identity. This workshop will explore the
Identity unit and how AAPIs have been stereotyped and how they have
found ways to forge their own identities in American society.
Immigration for certain groups of people is not always welcomed to the
United States. Barriers are often placed to bar and restrict certain
groups of people, even in the present. The Immigration unit covers the
contribution of Chinese Transcontinental Railroad workers, the Chinese
Exclusion Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which gave way to the
passage of the Immigration Act of 1965 which led to Asian Americans to
become the fastest growing population. This unit also covers the
Southeast Asian refugees’ migration in the aftermath of the
Vietnam War and the Asian American DREAMers. The workshop will explore
the Immigration unit, the desire for immigrants to come to the United
States and the past and present challenges they face. This unit also
explores some of the past and present immigration policies, the
motivation behind the creation of these policies, and their impact.
Recent times have brought acts of anti-Asian racism and hate to the
national spotlight. However, this is not something new, but rather
something old. Over the course of U.S. history, AAPIs have been the
targets of hate crimes and discrimination. The Racism unit covers how
the Igorot people were used as human zoo in 1904 World’s Fair,
the Chinese Exclusion Act, the Japanese American incarceration into
concentration camps in WWII, McCarthyism and racial profiling, the
American war in Vietnam, the hate crime murder of Vincent Chin and
Joseph Ileto, the 1992 L.A. civil unrest and the systemic racism
against Black Americans, 9/11/2001 and the victimization of South
Asian Americans. This unit also examines the social construct of race,
and the definitions of ethnicity, nationality, citizenship and
constitutional rights. The workshop will explore our Racism unit. We
will dive deeper into how discrimination and microaggressions affect
minority groups and what we can do to prevent further discrimination
and hate crimes in our society.
Stand Against Hatred
Asian American Pacific Islanders (“AAPIs”) have been
historically scapegoated for calamities in the U.S. Once again AAPIs
are scapegoated for the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the beginning of the
pandemic we have seen an exponential increase of hate and racist acts
towards the Asian American Pacific Islander (“AAPI”)
community. In this workshop, we will go over lessons that can be
taught to students to help them better understand these issues. In a
3–part unit plan, your students will be able to look at the
current rise of anti-Asian racism as a result of the pandemic and a
history prior to that. This unit will end on a positive note of
community building in order to promote a more just and safe society.
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Join us to learn about how Asian immigrants have contributed and shaped the way the country is today since their arrival as far back as the 1800s. From labor activism to fighting for school integration and citizenship rights in the courts, and against model minority, perpetual foreigner stereotypes, Asian Americans - one of the fastest-growing populations - have faced adversity, and fought for opportunities to create roots here in the U.S.
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The lesson plans are developed in partnership with UCLA Asian
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