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National Hispanic Heritage Month: Ideas for Teachers

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National Hispanic Heritage Month honors the achievements, contributions, culture, and history of Hispanic and Latin American people. The month-long celebration begins on September 15 commemorating the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Origins of National Hispanic Heritage Month

The commemoration kicked off in 1968 as a week-long event. It expanded to four weeks in 1988 to reflect Mexico's, Chile's and Belize's Independence days and now ends October 15.

Latin American Population Facts

The Latin American population reached a record 62.1 million people (or 18.7%) in the U.S. in 2020.  Over the past decade, the Latin American population has slowed as the annual number of births to Latina women has declined and immigration has decreased, especially from Mexico.  

Commemorate Latin American History Year-Round

National Hispanic Heritage Month is an excellent time to explore the rich history and culture of Latin American people as well as the societal bias the community faces. As with other similarly themed months, it is wise not to isolate the exploration of Latin American history and culture into one month during the year. Remember, Latino history is American history. Integrating it into the curriculum throughout the school year makes good sense. 

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

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