Incorporate National Hispanic Heritage Month into your Classroom

Incorporate National Hispanic Heritage Month into your Classroom
By:
Cross Country Education
Posted:
August 29, 2022 02:40 AM (GMT-04:00)
Categories:
Educator Resources

National Hispanic Heritage month is celebrated annually between September 15th and October 15th. According to the National Archives, National Hispanic Heritage Month began as a week-long event, but after being signed into law in 1968, it was later expanded to include a full month beginning in 1988. The purpose for Hispanic Heritage Month is for, "recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture and achievements of the United States." (National Archives, 2022) Culture has been called, "the way of life for an entire society,"2 so this month would be a great time to celebrate individuals with Hispanic heritage.

Latinx students often struggle to see themselves represented in the classroom due to a limited representation of diverse culture and heritage in school textbooks and curriculum. Educators can support an inclusive environment by introducing culturally diverse content to their students, which should aim to minimize content bias, as well as to reflect on personal biases.3

The National Hispanic Heritage Month 2022 theme is unity, or "Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation."4 For all students and especially students with Hispanic heritage, it’s important that we take the time to incorporate activities, information, and events into the classroom to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month.

Below are some suggestions and resources you can use throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month:

Taking the time to incorporate and recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month within your classroom will help to celebrate the influence Latin Americans have made upon the culture in the U.S. It’s important for all students to feel seen, heard and represented.

Resources:

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