August 1, 2023: TEAACH Summer Academy at UIUC
With the TEAACH Act now in place, it's time for Illinois educators to take the lead in teaching Asian American history in K-12 schools. Join us for our one-day summer academy for teachers and librarians, hosted by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and become a leader in teaching Asian American history in your classrooms and libraries.
At this academy, you will have the opportunity to hear from expert guest speakers and gain valuable insights and knowledge on Asian American issues and history, as well as practical pedagogical tips. You will also be able to network with other educators to share best practices for culturally responsive teaching.
The Academy will take place at the College of Education on the UIUC campus, with Zoom/hybrid capability to attend as well. The event is free, with lunch and refreshments provided.
May 15, 2023: Asian American History is American History
Dr. Pak’s presentation focuses on how Asian American histories must be necessarily woven into the fabric of U.S. history through race, citizenship, immigration, and school segregation. In this manner, histories of Asian Americans become contextualized not only within the histories of racialized and historically marginalized populations, but within the larger U.S. historical narrative. The passage of the TEAACH Act (Teaching of Equitable Asian American Community History) in the State of Illinois in 2021 provides opportunities to embed inclusive histories in K-12 classrooms where democratic citizenship education can be realized. The TEAACH online professional development (PD) modules developed at the University of Illinois, through generous funding from The Asian American Foundation, provide educators with culturally responsive training augmented by resources to assist in instructional design. This talk incorporates elements of the online PD in linking historical and contemporary issues affecting Asian Americans.
Dr. Yoon Pak is Professor and Head in the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership (EPOL). She is also a core faculty member in the Department of Asian American Studies. Her research and teaching focus on the history of American education in the 20th century as it relates to racial minorities and immigrant groups. Dr. Pak was Past-President of the History of Education Society.