Human and Civil Rights
Advocacy in Action
NEA Human and Civil Rights understands that education advocacy and social justice advocacy go hand in hand, and that an increasingly diverse kaleidoscope of students and educators must feel welcome in our public schools.
Celebrating Martin Luther King and Civil Rights Heroes
January’s national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a “Best Picture” Oscar nomination for the movie Selma (which chronicles the voting rights marches led by King) focus twin spotlights on America’s Civil Rights Movement, giving educators the perfect opportunity for great teaching moments
- Help put in perspective Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, life and his significance to American culture and history with lesson plans and activities for elementary, middle school, and high school students.
- Help students celebrate the sacrifices and achievements of the men and women involved in the Selma marches with lesson plans, videos, testimonies, and other resources
New Fed Guidelines Highlight Rights of English Language Learners
New guidelines from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education are the first in nearly a decade to address the rights of English Language Learners, reminding public schools of their legal obligation to ensure ELL students have equal access to a high-quality education. The rights of English learners have emerged as a significant policy issue as the percentage of English learners in schools has increased. Read more...
New Year’s Resolutions for the Education Activist
The most popular New Year’s resolutions in the U.S.? Lose weight and eat healthier. No surprise there. But guess what else tops the list? “Volunteer to help others.” We’ve left the holidays behind but not the lesson that it’s even better—and more fun—to give than to receive. So we’re challenging you to one more resolution: Be a more active social justice advocate in 2015! Here are 10 tips to get you started on making this a better year for you, your students, and your community. Read tips...