National Hispanic Heritage Month Resources
ASBA celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month with educational resources for school board members and school districts.
This webpage contains a variety of resources that are available for board members and school districts to aid them in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month.
National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place from September 15 to October 15 every year to recognize and celebrate the culture, contributions, and history of the Latinx community in the United States. The celebration begins in the middle of September, because Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua all declared independence from Spain on September 15, 1821.
Hispanic Heritage Month was originally celebrated as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 but was extended to a month in 1988.
American Latinx communities have long been marginalized and have struggled for equality, but Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated to recognize and honor the culture of this community and to celebrate their overlooked and under-appreciated contributions to society.
“Not all of the contributions made by Hispanic Americans to our society are so visible or so widely celebrated, however. Hispanic Americans have enriched our nation beyond measure with the quiet strength of closely knit families and proud communities.”
– President Bush, Proclamation 6021—National Hispanic Heritage Month, 1989
Below you can find educational resources to use to help celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.
DISTRICT EXAMPLE OF NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION
Creighton School District celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month with traditional clothing, educational activities, and a themed parade.
“A hallmark of the Latino community is to help one another, if students are interested in a way to give back and help their communities, becoming a teacher is probably one of the very best ways of doing that.” – Ellen Ochoa
BOARD RESOLUTIONS AND GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
BOOKS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
INFLUENTIAL AND HISTORIC FIGURES
- César Chávez
- Dolores Huerta
(Labor activist – download learning activities here.)
- Ellen Ochoa
(First Latina in space)
- Lin-Manuel Miranda
(Writer of In the Heights and Hamilton)
- Roberto Clemente
(Baseball Hall of Fame)
- Sonia Sotomayor
(First Latina Supreme Court Justice)
FOR THE CLASSROOM
RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS
- Latino Center at the Smithsonian
- National Educators Association Hispanic Heritage Month
- SDCOE Equity Blueprint for Action
- ADL National Hispanic Heritage Month Ideas for Teachers
- ADL Lesson Plan 8 Ideas for Teaching National Hispanic Heritage Month
- Library of Congress Hispanic Heritage Month
- History Stories – The Mendez Family Fought School Segregation 8 Years Before Brown v. Board of Ed
IDENTITY-BASED CURRICULUM MODULES
UNITS OF STUDY