Information & Data Privacy

INFORMATION AND DATA PRIVACY RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This resource toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces, aiming to define privacy, explain its importance, describe U.S. privacy frameworks, and analyze global approaches to privacy. DEFINITIONS Information and Data Privacy: The protection of personal information and the right of individuals to control how their …

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Food Security

FOOD SECURITY RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This resource toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to define food security, identify food insecurity causes, outline U.S. government initiatives, and explore strategies for individuals to improve global food security. U.S. Government Initiatives and Biotechnology Food Assistance | Feed the Future | U.S. Agency for International Development U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy 2022-2026 Feed the Future | Improving Food Security & Nutrition Around the World Office of Food for Peace | U.S. Agency for International Development Biotechnology – United States Department of State Biotechnology FAQs | USDA FACT SHEET: The U.S. Government Invests in Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation | Department of Energy In Focus – FAO Response to global food security challenges WHAT IS FOOD SECURITY? Food security refers to the condition in …

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Democracy

DEMOCRACY RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This resource toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to define the values of democracy and explain the function, principles, and significance of America’s democratic system of government. DEFINITIONS Popular Sovereignty: the authority and legitimacy of a government come from the consent and will of the people it …

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Music Resources List

Lesson Plans and other resources to learn about different styles and historical contexts of music:  1) Homepage | NEH-Edsitement : Great lesson plans and media resources from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Resources under the heading of “Music” include lesson plans on Jazz Ambassadors: A Model for Cultural Diplomacy , Learning the Blues , and The Freedom Riders and the Popular Music of the Civil Rights Movement .  2) Introduction to the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation – TeachRock : TeachRock.org was launched by Stevie Van Zandt with the …

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LGBTQI+ Pride Month

LGBTQI+ PRIDEMONTH RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit contains lesson plans, videos, photos, movies, articles, and documentaries to be used at American Spaces to highlight LGBTQI+ Pride Month and the history of the gay rights movement. LESSON PLANS PBS LearningMedia has a collection of resources for educators to use when discussing LGBTQI+ identity. The toolkit …

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American Revolution

THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to create a greater awareness of the American Revolution, its historical context, and its impact on democracy around the world. LESSON PLANS Public Broadcasting Service Liberty! American Revolution – This comprehensive video series (American Spaces will need to buy DVDs ) …

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World Refugee Day

WORLD REFUGEE DAY RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to encourage discussions on humanitarian crises. Since 1980, the United States has admitted up to 3.1 million refugees. The United States is the world’s largest single donor of humanitarian assistance. In 2020, the United States provided more …

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National Caribbean American Heritage Month

NATIONAL CARIBBEAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to create a greater awareness of the Caribbean American communities and the cultural diversity they bring to the United States. RESOURCES U.S. Department of the Interior Infographics on Caribbean American Heritage Month Lesson plans for students from Florida International University. A compilation of maps, historic treaties, laws, and …

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Juneteenth

JUNETEENTH RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit contains lesson plans, videos, exhibits, and articles to be used at American Spaces to recognize Juneteenth’s role in U.S. history. VIEWING AND READING “ Miss Juneteenth ” Kanopy Film: 2020, 99 minutesA single mom prepares her rebellious daughter for the “Miss Juneteenth” Beauty Pageant Juneteenth: A day to celebrate Black communities’ strength – ShareAmerica What was America’s Great Migration? – ShareAmerica The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth 2022 Juneteenth Public Programs – Smithsonian …

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World Wildlife Toolkit

WORLD WILDLIFE DAY TOOLKIT RECOVERING KEY SPECIES FOR ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to create a greater awareness of the importance of conservation and the dangers that threaten animals around the world. RESOURCES World Wildlife Day Learn about how to get involved , find sponsored events in …

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5G Technology

FIFTH GENERATION (5G) WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Activity Guide is designed for programming at American Spaces to create a greater awareness of issues that surround 5G technologies. THE ACTIVITY AudienceSelect an audience with strong English language skills and interested in technology and foreign policy. BehaviorThe goal of the activity is to …

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Artificial Intelligence

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to raise awareness of artificial intelligence and its potential for the future. WHAT IS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI)? Artificial intelligence is defined as the ability of machines to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence. It is typically understood …

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Global Health

GLOBAL HEALTH RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to create a greater awareness of global health-related issues and of U.S. leadership to create a healthier world. SMITHSONIAN OUTBREAK DIY EXHIBIT AT AMERICAN SPACES The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History has created a do-it-yourself (DIY) exhibit called …

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Immersive Media: Virtual and Augmented Reality

IMMERSIVE MEDIA: VIRTUAL AND AUGMENTED REALITY RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces for the promotion of American culture and values through the use of immersive media. BEST PRACTICES The right partner is essential. Most American Spaces staff are not AR/VR experts. Local partners can provide advice …

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First Amendment Rights: Freedom of Speech and the Press

FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS: FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND THE PRESS RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to create a greater awareness of the rights outlined in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights, specifically freedom of speech and of the press. SPEECH AND PRESS IN AMERICA: …

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Artificial Intelligence in Education

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN EDUCATION RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to raise awareness of artificial intelligence and its use in education. INTRODUCTION TO AI Artificial intelligence (AI) is a technology that uses algorithms and machine learning to perform tasks that typically require human intelligence. AI has …

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English Learning

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Historically Black Colleges and Universities

HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit contains information to be used at American Spaces to provide information on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), which play an important role in the U.S. higher education system. DEFINITIONS STEM: Science, technology, engineering and mathematics Social mobility: The ability to move up …

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Intellectual Property Day

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to create a greater awareness of issues surrounding intellectual property rights. HOW CAN AMERICAN SPACES SUPPORT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (IP) RIGHTS? First and foremost, American Spaces should model respect for IP. Here’s how: Ensure that all images used at …

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American Southwest

THE SOUTHWEST UNITED STATES AN AMERICANA SERIES TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Americana Series Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces. The information here is designed to broaden knowledge of specific regions of the United States and their local cultures and customs. Photo credit: Brad Scott CURRENT ISSUES Two key issues in the Southwest …

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Alaska: The Last Frontier

ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Americana Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to further understanding of the United States. HISTORIC EVENTS 1728 – Danish explorer Vitus Bering discovers the Bering Strait.1776 – British explorer Captain James Cook makes contact with Alaskan natives.1784 – The Russians establish a permanent …

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Educating Through Comics

EDUCATING THROUGH COMICS RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to increase participants’ awareness of comic books as educational tools and to understand the history and current expressions of this genre of American popular culture. COMICS REFLECT SOCIETY Comic books can take the reader on compelling journeys …

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Women’s Entrepreneurship Webinar

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Space Diplomacy Week – 2023

SPACE DIPLOMACY WEEK 2023 Toolkits for “Space Diplomacy Week” Social Media and Events Theme: Space Unites Us What: Space Diplomacy Week, started by the U.S. Department of State in 2022, celebrates diplomatic efforts that bring nations together to advance our shared space objectives. Date: April 30 – May 6, 2023. Posts will share messaging daily …

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Presidents Day

PRESIDENTS’ DAY RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to create a greater awareness of the role and history of the U.S. presidency.  Lansdowne portrait of George Washington Painting by Gilbert Stuart LESSON PLANS Public Broadcasting Service This site contains 60-second videos of all past U.S. presidents, lesson plans on …

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Holocaust Remembrance

HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to create a greater awareness of the Holocaust and anti-Semitism. RESOURCES Department of State – Office of the Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues (SEHI) – Develops and implements U.S. policy to return Holocaust-era assets to their rightful owners, secure compensation for Nazi-era wrongs, and ensure that …

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First Amendment Rights: Freedom of Religion

FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to create a greater awareness of the rights outlined in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights, specifically freedom of religion. This is the second in a series of three First Amendment Toolkits. LESSON …

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Human Trafficking Awareness

HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS TOOLKIT RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to create a greater awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery and how the United States works to prevent it. NOTE: Some of this content may not be suitable for all audiences and should be reviewed …

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Higher Education in the U.S. – Teacher Guide

HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE U.S. TEACHER GUIDE RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES Note: This toolkit is designed to be used by American Space coordinators or volunteers to teach high-school aged students about U.S. educational opportunities and to connect students with EducationUSA advising centers or its Facebook page. RESOURCES EducationUSA A U.S. Department of State network of over 430 …

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Our Ocean

OUR OCEAN RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to create a greater awareness of the issues and solutions in environmental sustainability. OUR OCEAN CONFERENCES In the United States, the Department of State supports the Our Ocean Conferences , which have catalyzed unprecedented action by the global community to fight marine pollution, climate …

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National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

NATIONAL AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE MONTH RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month is celebrated every November to recognize the diverse cultures and to educate the public about the heritage, history, art, and traditions of the American Indian and Alaska Native people. LESSON PLANS Teacher Resources from U.S. government and partner institutions Educator resources from …

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Cybersecurity Month

CYBERSECURITY MONTH RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to increase participants’ awareness of the importance of cybersecurity. RESOURCES National Cyber Security Alliance This site has great tips on how to stay safe online. It also has weekly themes and social media content that you can use and ways your Space can be involved. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency This agency has information …

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Space Exploration

SPACE EXPLORATION RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to promote discussions on Space Exploration and humanity’s quest to learn more about the universe. “That’s one small step [a] for man – one giant leap for mankind.”Astronaut Neil Armstrong, on becoming the first human to step on the …

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Earth Day 2023 – Toolkits

EARTH DAY 2023 Toolkits for “Earth Day” Social Media and Events Theme: Invest in our Planet What: April 22 is Earth Day. This year’s theme, “Invest in our Planet,” is focused on engaging governments, institutions, businesses, and the more than 1 billion people who participate annually in Earth Day to do their part for the …

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Disability Awareness

DISABILITY AWARENESS RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to create a greater awareness of issues that persons with disabilities face and how the United States works to ensure they have equal rights. RESOURCES Program Kits Here are some great lesson plans and fun activities to raise …

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Ted Talk: Fight for Disability Rights

TED TALK: FIGHT FOR DISABILITY RIGHTS DISCUSSION GUIDE FOR AMERICAN SPACES This discussion guide is designed for programming at American Spaces. American Spaces should work with their Public Affairs Section to ensure that this topic and video are appropriate for American Spaces audiences. VIDEO INFORMATION Video Title: Our fight for disability rights – and why …

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National Hispanic Heritage Month

NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit contains lesson plans, videos, photos, exhibits, articles, and PowerPoint slides to be used at American Spaces to recognize the achievements by the Hispanic community in the United States   and their role in U.S. history. LESSON PLANS The National Education Association offers lesson plans for children of various …

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4th of July

U.S. INDEPENDENCE DAY RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit is designed for American Spaces to create programs and use social media to focus on Fourth of July celebrations. HIGHLIGHTED RESOURCES July 4th eLibraryUSA Scavenger Hunt Smithsonian Digital Collections The Library of Congress collections of downloadable images and music.Fourth of July Images State Department’s Flickr pages on July 4th and U.S. flags JULY 4TH, A CELEBRATION Each year, the United States celebrates …

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US Constitution

THE U.S. CONSTITUTION RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to create a greater awareness of the U.S. Constitution, how it was formed, and its impact on America and throughout the world. IMPORTANT TERMS The Constitution – the fundamental framework of America’s federal system of government. It …

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Climate Change

CLIMATE CHANGE RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to create a greater awareness of the issues surrounding climate change and what can be done to address these challenges. LESSON PLANS & COURSES NASA: Climate Change for Educators and Students These resources include videos, games, lesson plans, and activities to encourage students to consider …

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Earth Day – Environmental Sustainability

EARTH DAY: ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY SUPPORTING ECONOMIC, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND SOCIAL HEALTH AND VITALITY RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to create a greater awareness of the issues and solutions in environmental sustainability. HOST A FILM SCREENING Film screenings provide opportunities for rich storytelling and engaging follow-up discussion …

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Air Quality Awareness Week

AIR QUALITY AWARENESS WEEK RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to create a greater awareness of the importance of air quality on human health and resources to monitor air quality. LESSON PLANS Toolkit for Teachers Compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this 87-page PDF consists of a variety …

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Global Health Resource Toolkit

Global health covers a range of health-related issues, including disease outbreaks, nutrition, and environmental health. With the recent outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), consider conducting health related programming at your Space in coordination with your U.S. Embassy or Consulate. This Global Health Resource Toolkit provides links to lesson plans, articles, videos, and games, as well as the DIY Smithsonian Outbreak exhibit , which can …

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First Amendment Rights: Assembly and Petition

FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS: PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY AND PETITION RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES This Resource Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to create a greater awareness of the rights outlined in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights, specifically the right to assemble peacefully and to petition the government. PROTESTS IN AMERICA Peaceful …

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“Why STEAM Matters” Toolkit Available

The “Why STEAM Matters” programming kit (PDF 296KB) , developed by the Smithsonian Institution for a 60-90 minute program, encourages participants to think more inclusively about the arts and sciences.  Participants will learn about different individuals, programs, and fields that integrate the arts and sciences. This program includes suggestions for hands-on activities and optional lesson extensions.

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