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NEA resource page

The National Education Association (NEA) Asian Pacific Islander caucus has a long list of resources for educators including everything from links to the PBS Asian Americans documentary series to the Zinn Education Project to a list of alternatives to Dr. Seuss books.

Wing Luke Museum Online Classroom and Teacher Generated Lesson Plans and Educator Resources 

Seattle’s own Wing Luke Museum features a wealth of online resources. There are online videos, discussion questions, activity suggestions, supply lists and recommendations for additional readings and videos. For those who are able to bring students to the museum in person, there are themed tours of its many engaging, educational in-person exhibits on the Asian American experience.  

The Asian American Education Project 

This is a searchable database of Asian American lesson plans and materials. You can specify a grade level, time period and topic, and get a set of resources such as this one for K-5 on the first Asian immigrants to the United States.  

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Resources For Teachers 

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and this portal provides information from the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The materials are geared toward a variety of grade levels and include topics such as immigration, Japanese American internment, cultural celebrations and traditions, and the arts. 

Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month  

Resources from the Anti-Defamation League 

Lesson plans for different grade levels on topics ranging from identity-based bullying to the DREAM Act to the Rohingya people of Myanmar. 

Colorful Pages  

This site was founded and directed by WEA Board member Kaitlin Kamalei Brandon. It features multicultural books and lessons. In addition, AAPI Leaders in History Unit: Grades K-5 Plan & Materials – Colorful Pages features multicultural books and lessons. The AAPI Leaders in History page includes a learning plan, books list and worksheets for Grades K-5. 

Teaching for Change AAPI book list 

This curated list includes several titles, sorted into separate age/grade categories. 

40+ Lists of Asian American Books for Kids 

This is a huge list of lists, if you can’t find what you’re looking for elsewhere. 

Model Minority Myth: Can stereotypes ever be good? 

This page features a 6-minute video that helps explain why so-called “positive” stereotypes can be harmful and dehumanizing. Discussion questions and suggested classroom activities are included. No grade level is specified, but the material is sophisticated and would be best for high school or post-secondary students, or educators themselves. Also included on this website: Inventing the “Model Minority”: A Critical Timeline and Reading List ( 

 “Let’s Talk! Supporting Asian and Asian American Students Through COVID-19" 

This webinar series organized by Massachusetts General Hospital programs and the Harvard Graduate School of Education helps educators and parents support students. Much of its focus is international higher-education students, but the webinar topics also include general Asian American history and context. 

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