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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.

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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. 

Resources

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

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BOARD RESOLUTIONS AND GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Board Proclamation

White House Proclamation

White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics

United States Census Bureau Data and Information

Smithsonian-Why we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

AZ Department of Education – National Hispanic Heritage Month

BOOKS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

14 Books to Read to Better Understand Our Latin History

Educating Hispanic and Latino Students: Opening Doors to Hope, Promise, and Possibility 

12 Great Books For National Hispanic Heritage Month

INFLUENTIAL AND HISTORIC FIGURES

FOR THE CLASSROOM

10 Slides Introducing National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month Crossword Puzzle

Leveled Reading Passages

Intro Video For Students About National Hispanic Heritage Month

Bulletin Board Printables    

Coloring Pages

Guess Who Game

RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS

IDENTITY-BASED CURRICULUM MODULES

Latinx Teachers Guide

Teaching For Change

UNITS OF STUDY