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NCTE Resources for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Held during the month of May, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI Heritage Month) is an annual celebration that recognizes the historical and cultural contributions of individuals and groups of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to the United States. AAPI Heritage Month is a great time to visit the NCTE Video Library!

The NCTE Video Library is available to all NCTE members, housing more than 150 recordings of NCTE events, including professional learning sessions, Member Gatherings, webinars, author talks, and more. Access the Video Library by visiting this page. Click on the video you would like to view. You will be prompted to login to your account in order to view.

Here are some suggested videos that can be used during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month:




Click each image to access the recording.

Looking for a live online event to attend? Register for the virtual “Open Books, Open Minds: A Celebration of Reading & Literacy” on May 2. Experience a preview of “Heart, Hope, and Humanity” as NCTE joins  School Library Journal and Library Journal for an upcoming one-day virtual conference. Register for this free May 2 event and continue the conversation at our Annual Convention in Boston, November 21–24. Minh Lê and Dan Santat will give the Closing Keynote.

Interested in reading instead of viewing?

Between the Pages: Minh Lê’s Legacy and Impact on Children’s Literature” by NCTE member Darius Phelps, who is also a member of the Standing Committee on Global Citizenship, amplifies the legacy of award-winning author Minh Lê and his impact on both children’s literature and the field of English education over the last decade.

“By not expanding our ideas of what it means to be American and stifling individuality, we are preventing our country from growth and truly being as great as we could be.” Read more in this post from student Ankita Jaikumar.

This Build Your Stack® blog post was created through multiple conversations between NCTE member Diana Liu and her students in hopes of creating more intersectional teaching that will deepen the way we understand what it means to teach “diverse texts.”

As a member of the Standing Committee on Global Citizenship, NCTE member HeeYoung Kim shares the committee’s pondering about “how to help students understand diverse cultures, perspectives, and experiences from around the world. We aim to empower students to be active global citizens with a sense of belonging, solidarity, and responsibility. We value critically reading global literature and long for students to develop a capacity to create new possibilities that have yet to exist.”

How will you be celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month?


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