Inauguration 2021

January 19, 2021

On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the United States' 46th President.  Kamala Harris, formerly US Senator from California and our Attorney General, will be sworn in as Vice President.  The inauguration will be historic and unprecedented, given the recent insurrection on Capitol Hill and subsequent impeachment of Donald Trump, as well as the pandemic, protests over racial injustice, and economic suffering. 

Biden vs Trump: The Environment

January 04, 2021
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Abstract: Biden has promised to treat climate change as a serious threat to our nation and world. His administration faces an enormous challenge in setting the country on course for zero greenhouse gas emissions, especially after Trump's rejection of climate science.

The Future of Cars?

November 13, 2020
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Abstract:  Governor Newsom recently made headlines when he issued an executive order that all new passenger vehicles sold in California by 2035 must be zero-emission – a remarkable development in a state responsibl

The Election and the Environment

October 05, 2020
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Abstract:  Some argue that the 2020 U.S. presidential election is critical for slowing the effects of climate change. Heading into the election are two candidates who see the issue in starkly different terms.

The Politics of Supreme Court Nominations

September 23, 2020
Ideas for Teaching about the Impact of Justice Ginsburg's Passing Editor's Note:  the following is excerpted from our latest Teach the Election resource, The Politics of Supreme Court Nominations.  To download the full resource, click here.  And for more Teach the Election issues, click here.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, arguably one of the most popular Supreme Court justices of all time, died on Sept

Fire in California - 2020

August 26, 2020
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Abstract:  Every year we hear about fires burning throughout California and the arid West. This year’s destructive fires are happening in the midst of a pandemic. Two of California’s still-burning infernos - sparked from lightning during a heat wave - have already ranked among the top three largest fires in state history. Experts tell us that we should expect fires of such ferocity to continue well into the future.

Green Space and Public Health

May 29, 2020
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Abstract:  Persistent structural racial inequalities have prompted activism and protest for as many generations as inequality has blighted the United States. Deaths from police violence are part of a larger lethal pattern affecting certain sectors of our population. The coronavirus has revealed just how dangerous it is for communities to be structured in ways that compromise the health and well-being of certain residents.

New Video Explores Filipino American Contributions to the Farm Labor Movement

May 25, 2020
Filipino Americans started the Delano Grape Strike in 1965 that made Cesar Chavez famous. We rightfully celebrate his achievements as a state and national holiday every March 31. Whereas Cesar Chavez is a household name across America, lesser known are the brave farmworkers of many races and nationalities who sacrificed their livelihoods for the greater good of improved conditions in agricultural work.

Challenge Theme One More Time

May 17, 2020
Shennan Hutton is one of our most popular colleagues. Teachers have told us for years that they genuinely appreciate her sense of humor, her practicality, and her understanding of and support for world history teachers.

Choosing a Vice President

May 14, 2020
With Covid-19 dominating the news, it is almost easy to overlook the fact that this is an election year.