Community service to mark Obama inauguration
In a statement about the effort, the Presidential Inaugural Committee said "Every time our nation faces crisis, our national experience has shown Americans rise to the challenge. While government has an important role to play in helping rekindle our economy and addressing the problems of a distressed nation, President-elect Obama believes each of us, as Americans, have a responsibility to do what we can for our communities and fellow citizens. We are one nation."
You can find volunteer opportunities, and register your own projects, on the Renewing America Together Web site, http://www.usaservice.org/content/home/
At the request of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, NEA and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) worked together to create a series of instructional guides and activities to help teachers across the country bring the 56th Presidential Inauguration to life in their classrooms. The guides are now available at: www.nea.org/inaugurationlessons.html and www.pic2009.org/page/content/lessonplans.
“It is crucial that our students understand that we are not only living history and making history with this inauguration, but also carrying forward the historical contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his influence on our incoming 44th president,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “These important lesson plans will help students understand President-elect Obama's message of a 'sense of unity and shared purpose' into the next four years and beyond.”
The instructional guides, developed jointly by a team of curriculum experts from AFT and NEA, are designed to teach students about the history of Inauguration Day and other historical connections to this particular inauguration. They include information about the 2009 Inaugural schedule of events and background on traditional Inaugural ceremonies. The guides also provide suggestions for supplementing the lessons with discussion topics, films, books and other educational Web sites.
Learning First Alliance Inauguration lesson links
MLK teaching links
Black History Month teaching links, including lesson plans on Barack Obama