Persistent anti-Asian violence cannot be disrupted if our stories continue to be excluded from the school curriculum. Without an existing state legislation requiring a comprehensive US history curriculum that includes Asian American history, we work from the ground up, reaching out to community members, local boards of education and K-12 educators. We do this through: Advocacy, Community Engagement and Equipping.
Advocacy- we send AAVEd members to local school board meetings to speak about the importance of Asian American history being a part of the standard curriculum. We’ve partnered with county curriculum administrators to offer Professional Development for educators, one of which took place this summer. Several AAVEd members are also involved in the DEI initiatives, developing resources for AANHPI heritage month and introducing curriculum and support at their children’s schools.
Community Engagement- AAVEd members serve in other organizations to support education initiatives: co-chairing the Stop AAPI Hate Education subcommittee at the Center for Pan Asian Community Services as well as serving on the board of the Asian Student Alliance to reach AAPI youth. We also keep our social media platforms current with news and projects related to Asian American history.
Equipping- Offering professional development (PD) seminars, equipping educators to teach Asian American history as part of the K-12 state standards.
We are developing resources and toolkits to distribute to parents, encouraging them to advocate within their children’s schools and school districts.
We are developing resources and toolkits for educators - we are putting together a guide on how Asian American and Latinx histories fit into state standards. Our vision is to invite other marginalized communities to contribute to this guide. We want to create a centralized resource platform for these toolkits so that this information is easily found and shared.
We host workshops at Georgia conferences: We are engaged in social studies education communities such as Georgia Council for History Education, Georgia Council for Social Studies, Filipino American Native Historical Society, Peace Historical Society. We highlight the need for a comprehensive US history curriculum from the Asian American perspective and equip these organization members with tools to implement in the classroom.