A new Guide to Observing Hispanic Heritage Month is now available for educators seeking to celebrate and honor the culture, history, and contributions of Hispanic Americans through an equity lens.
Observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968 with a week-long recognition that was extended to 30 days from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 in 1988. The day of Sept. 15 and the span of time for this national recognition is significant because several Latin American countries celebrate their anniversaries of independence.
There are more than 60 million Hispanic Americans, accounting for 18.7% of the national population, making them the largest minority group in the United States. Hispanic Americans contribute significantly to our country’s prosperity and spirit.
The Guide to Observing Hispanic Heritage Month explores the importance of terminology, culturally responsive instructional practices, units of study, and resources for educators.
As we celebrate our country’s Hispanic heritage, it is important that we also address any barriers or challenges that Hispanic Americans may face in their efforts to reach their utmost potential. We all know that America is stronger, both here at home and on the world stage, when we harness the strength of every voice and every community that makes up our nation.