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Resilient Women in Our Community: KaYing Yang

AMAZEworks celebrates KaYing Yang as one of our featured resilient women of 2021. As a Hmong refugee who has worked for social and racial justice her entire life, KaYing Yang has cultivated a lifetime of resilience. KaYing’s father had been a foot soldier for the CIA’s Secret Army in Laos during the Vietnam War, and

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Teaching about Indigenous Water Protectors and the Big Oil Pipelines

Among the many executive orders President Biden signed on his Inauguration Day, one revoked the Keystone XL pipeline permit, a 1,200-mile crude-oil pipeline system through Canada to the U.S. that cuts through Indigenous land and multiple waterways. In Minnesota, Indigenous people have been leading the resistance of Enbridge’s Line 3 production for years, which would

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We need Black History Month more than Ever

Last year, we wrote a blog entitled, “What’s Wrong with Black History Month?”, because we wanted to bring attention to the problems of focusing on any singular “minority” group’s history and achievements mainly during one month of the year. Black history (Asian American history, LGBTQ history, etc.) is AMERICAN history, and we need to incorporate

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Moving through grief and loss when life is hard

By Robin Starch, Director of Education and Outreach Things are not looking good. There is a surge in Covid cases, and winter is coming. So much has changed in the last 8 months. Our children are experiencing a yoyo of unspoken fear and anxiety, often manifesting in emotional and behavioral difficulties due to a change

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Creating Belonging for Students in a Virtual World

How do I create a meaningful experience when teaching in Brady Bunch boxes? I taught middle school for 15 years, and on the days when I felt my lessons were the most engaging and impactful, I would come home exhausted. As an introvert in a very extroverted career, I had to work extra hard at

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An interview with local author, Cheryl Minnema

AMAZEworks is excited to have Cheryl Minnema’s book Hungry Johnny in the release of our newly revamped elementary curriculum. Cheryl Minnema (Waabaanakwadookwe) is a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. She was born in Minneapolis and raised on the Mille Lacs Reservation. Along with writing children’s literature and poetry, she creates Ojibwe floral

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Celebrating Women’s Equality Day and Protecting the Right to Vote

August 26 is Women’s Equality Day. This date commemorates the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, which prohibits denying someone the right to vote on the basis of sex. As we mark the 100-year celebration of this amendment, we are still reminded of how important voting rights are. This year we have seen exacerbated gaps in

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Introducing the NEWLY UPDATED AMAZEworks Elementary Curriculum

For the last year, AMAZEworks staff, with the help of our incredible teacher task force and community members, have been working hard to update our pre-K through 5th grade Elementary Curriculum. With this curriculum and Anti-Bias training, teachers create connected classrooms where all children are seen, heard, and valued. Educators learn to examine how identity,

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