Asian American Voices for Education

Asian American Voices for Education

Asian American Voices for Education (AAVEd) is a Georgia-based community of parents, students, educators, and activists. Through advocacy, teacher education, and community engagement, AAVEd works to ensure Georgia K-12 curriculum and educational practices lift and honor the diverse experiences of Asians Americans and communities of color overall.

Asian American Voices for Education

Asian American Voices for Education (AAVEd) is a Georgia-based community of parents, students, educators, and activists. Through advocacy, teacher education, and community engagement, AAVEd works to ensure Georgia K-12 curriculum and educational practices lift and honor the diverse experiences of Asians Americans and communities of color overall.

About the Organization:

Asian American Voices for Education (AAVEd) is a Georgia-based community of parents, students, educators, and activists. Through advocacy, teacher education, and community engagement, AAVEd works to ensure Georgia K-12 curriculum and educational practices lift and honor the diverse experiences of Asians Americans and communities of color overall.

organizational budget

$0 - $50,000

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

Georgia

organizational budget

$0 - $50,000

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

Georgia

The Issue:

capegoating the Asian diaspora in the US for economic, health, and political instability has been ongoing for centuries. Because our rich history on this soil that spans over 400 years is not accurately taught in school, we are seen as perpetual foreigners and ones to blame when our country endures turmoil.
What’s more, the upsurge of anti-Asian violence during the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2021 mass shooting of Asian immigrant women in Atlanta have surfaced the deep-seated racism and historical discrimination against Asian Americans.
According to the 2020 census, Asian Americans comprise the fastest growing racial demographic in the state of Georgia, more than doubling in population since the year 2000. However, our state’s curriculum, textbooks, and standards do not reflect our growing presence. A study conducted by Prof. Sohyun An revealed only four examples of Asian American stories in Georgia’s social studies standards, with most of them dealing with instances of discrimination while failing to show Asian Americans’ efforts towards advocacy and justice. We believe that the persistent anti-Asian violence in our nation stems in part from a historical omission of our stories and contributions. For this reason, we seek to address these issues by advocating for the incorporation of Asian American perspectives in the Georgia state curriculum.
With these tragic events, we have public momentum to make a difference. Changing the way history has been taught for generations will take time, so we need to do the work now. This is long overdue work that must be done.

The Solution:

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.

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