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Join us for two programs on March 13 to help teachers and students prepare to discuss or participate in the National School Walkout and/or the March For Our Lives. The day begins with a Q&A with Mary Beth Tinker on student rights and activism.

Updated: March 7, 2018 


Live-streaming 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

Youth rights advocate Mary Beth Tinker will join Newseum educators to discuss her landmark Supreme Court case on student speech and how it applies today. The hour-long presentation will be streamed live on and on the Newseum’s Facebook page, and will be made available shortly after as a recording on Students can submit questions in advance or during the webcast via Twitter using the hashtag #my5freedoms or this form. In 1965, Tinker, then a middle-school student, was punished for wearing a black armband to school to protest the Vietnam War.

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7-8 p.m. ET

As school districts wrestle with whether to support student walkouts and political engagement, join us on Twitter to discuss how to make this time a teachable moment. We’ll share resources and tips for teaching media literacy skills to help sort through the information noise; First Amendment freedoms, their role in a democracy and their limits; examples of when young people have stood up for causes in the past; and using case studies as starting points for teaching controversial topics.

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Related First Amendment and historical resources to examine current activism

This quick list of 17 free resources is divided into five categories: Mary Beth Tinker, media literacy, First Amendment fundamentals, historical connections, and teaching controversial topics.

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