U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and RFK Center President Kennedy stand with NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi and members of the Speak Truth to Power curriculum committee. Photo by Andrew Watson.
AFT: Human Rights Resources for the Classroom
NYSUT is pleased to announce that two of our own members, Andrew Beiter from the Springville Teachers Association and Donna Bryan from the Coxsackie Teachers worked with the AFT this past summer to create two engaging lessons that address these current issues. NYSUT Secretary-Treasurer Lee Cutler recommends that teachers take a serious look at both lessons as each is full of resources, links, and interactive video to make this learning a powerful and important experience. The following link will take teachers directly to both lessons.: www.teachhumanrights.com.
Speak Truth to Power
This curriculum provides an overview of human rights and social justice issues in the United States and around the world. Using the Toolkit for Action, your students and the broader public will have the resources needed to address issues at the local, national and global levels. The curriculum was produced by NYSUT in partnership with the RFK Center for Human Rights.
Fair Trade Curriculum Resources
NYSUT's Fair Trade Committee curated these lesson plans providing a link between personal actions and community efforts to create a more just and sustainable world. The resources align with national curriculum standards for a variety of subject areas.
"Speak Up, Speak Out: Robert F. Kennedy, Champion of Social Justice"
This curriculum draws on the late Robert F. Kennedy’s mission and vision to help students grasp the principles and philosophy of social justice. Individual unit lessons have been created specifically for grades 4, 8 and 11. The materials have been developed by leading practitioners with input from primary sources who were close associates of Robert Kennedy. The lessons are consistent with New York State standards and are designed to achieve the standards through study of the life of one of our nation’s greatest heroes.