National Hispanic Heritage Month

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National Hispanic Heritage Month, which began in 1968, is a time for people to celebrate the achievements, contributions, culture and history of Hispanic and Latino-Americans. It begins on September 15 in commemoration of the anniversary of independence for five countries in Latin America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18.

The Latino population reached 57.5 million people (or 18%) in the U.S. in 2016. While there was a 2% growth rate from 2015 to 2016 and the Latino population has reached a new high, growth has slowed. 

In schools and classrooms, National Hispanic Heritage Month is an excellent time to explore the rich history and culture of Latino people, the bias and discrimination faced by them and the ways they have addressed societal injustice. As with other similarly themed months, it is important not to isolate exploration of Latino history and culture into one month during the year. Latino history is American history and should be integrated into the curriculum throughout the school year. 

Below is a list of PreK-12 curriculum and other resources to bring the themes of Hispanic Heritage Month to your classrooms.

Lesson Plans

8 Ideas for Teaching National Hispanic Heritage Month (Grades K-12)

Huddled Mass or Second Class? Challenging Anti-Immigrant Bias in the U.S. (Grades 3-12)

Who Was Cesar Chavez? (Grades 6-12)

What Should be done About DACA? (Grades 7-12)

Why Are Families Being Separated and Detained at the Border? (Grades 9-12)

What Is the Dream Act and Who Are the Dreamers? (Grades 9-12)

Who Are the Children at Our Border? (Grades 9-12)

Sanctuary Cities and Non-Violent Resistance (Grades 9-12)

Voting Rights Then and Now (Grades 9-12)

Children's Books

Alma and How She Got Her Name (Book of the Month, September 2018)

Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People (Book of the Month, September 2017)

Mango, Abuela and Me (Book of the Month, September 2016)

Gaby, Lost and Found (Book of the Month, September 2015)

How Tía Lola Came to Stay (Book of the Month, September 2014)

Separate is Never Equal (Book of the Month, May 2014)

Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx (Book of the Month, March 2015)

Books about People Who Are Latino/Hispanic or Latino-American/Hispanic-American

Books about People Who Are Immigrants

Books about Anti-Immigrant Bias

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Education Resources

Calendar of Observances

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo but Watch out for the Stereotypes (blog)

Challenging Biased Language

Do's and Don'ts with Special Diversity Events

Education Resources on Immigration, Immigrants and Anti-Immigrant Bias

Race Talk: Engaging Young People in Conversations about Race and Racism

The Question Corner: Anti-Bias and Diversity FAQs (Early Childhood)

Resources in Spanish

Many of our resources are available in Spanish: Educational Resources in Spanish