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Celebrate diversity in your classroom

Students and educators come from all backgrounds. Celebrate diversity and embrace significant historic milestones, new cultural experiences and lessons in your classroom. Here’s a calendar to get you started. This calendar is not comprehensive. Explore more observances from the National Education Association.

Sept. 15 – Oct. 15

National Hispanic Heritage Month The timing aligns with five Central American nations who celebrate their Independence days in September.


LGBT History Month Raise awareness of the achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender groundbreakers.


Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month Acknowledge the contributions of the original inhabitants of North America.


Black History Month Recognize the Black experience in America and how those experiences have shaped and continue to shape the nation.


Women’s History Month Discover the paths of trailblazing women.

May Asian Pacific American Heritage Month The month is celebrated to commemorate the arrival in May 1843 of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States.

Want to learn more about discussing diversity and race in your classroom? ISTA members are invited to attend the webinar Talking About Race in Your Classroom Sept. 15 from 4 – 6 p.m. ET.