Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month


District Events

  • Wednesday, May 4th, 4-5:00pm | Asian American Children’s Literature Speakers
    ELA Curriculum Specialist Christy Chang and Social Studies Curriculum Specialist Debbie Wei-Christy and Debbie will discuss what to look for in Asian American children’s literature and teachers will receive a selection of children’s books to help incorporate Asian American voices in the elementary classroom. Teachers will sign up to get books sent for their classrooms in the fall.
    Teachers: Paid PD and Act 48 credit must sign into Cornerstone. 
    Non-SDP Teachers Click here to register
  • Tuesday, May 10th, 4-5:00pm | Japanese American Incarceration and Philadelphia Speaker: Robert Buscher
    In this session, Rob will provide information and resources for teachers in order to facilitate teaching about the forced incarceration of over 110,000 Japanese Americans, half of whom were children for up to 4 years in bleak, remote camps surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards, why that history is critical to remember, and Philadelphia’s unique connection to this history.
    Teachers: Paid PD and Act 48 credit must sign into Cornerstone.
    Non-SDP Teachers: Click here to register
  • May 12th, 4:30-5:30 pm | Equity Coalition Town Hall
    The Equity Coalition, sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, is hosting a virtual Town Hall.The town hall, “Equity Wins: A Year in Review of the Equity Coalition” will highlight equity wins throughout our District as well as feature the work of the Steering Committee from the 2021-22 school year.
    Click here to register
  • Tuesday, May 17th 5-6:00pm | “No Longer Invisible” AAPI Community Leaders Bringing to Light AAPI Representation in Philadelphia.
    This panel discussion will feature community leaders from different organizations in Philadelphia helping AAPI communities.
    This is a prerecorded panel discussion that will be available on Facebook live. More details coming soon.
  • Wednesday, May 18th, 5-6:00pm | A Councilperson Dialogue Speakers: Councilwoman Kendra Brooks and Councilwoman Helen Gym
    In this session, Councilwoman Brooks and Councilwoman Gym will talk about how they work together to address critical issues facing the African American and Asian American communities in Philadelphia.
    Teachers: Paid PD and Act 48 credit must sign into Cornerstone.
    Non-SDP Teachers: Click here to register
  • Tuesday, May 24th, 5:30pm-6:30pm | WHYY and DEI Present: AAPI Heritage Month
    Join us for a night of AAPI Heritage programming from the WHYY and PBS catalog.
    Click here to register
  • Wednesday, May 25th, 4-5:00pm | Incorporating Asian American Voices in the Middle School and High School Curriculum Speakers: Freda Lin and Caithlin Goulding, the Yuri Education Project.
    Walk through teaching resources and themes on how to bring Asian American history and stories into your classrooms. Recent curriculum projects such as the PBS LearningMedia collection, Anti-Asian Racism: Connections in History and Yuri Kochiyama walking tour activities will be highlighted. The facilitators of this workshop are co-founders/directors of YURI Education Project, which develops curriculum and professional learning workshops for teachers, schools, and cultural institutions.
    Teachers: Paid PD and Act 48 credit must sign into Cornerstone.
    Non-SDP Teachers: Click here to register

Philly/External Partner Events

  • Tuesday, May 3rd, 6:30 – 7:30pm | Music and Mandarin: Learn and Practice Mandarin through music and song.
    This group for beginning and intermediate Mandarin speakers will teach language and culture, as well as basic reading and writing skills. Register for the waitlist
  • Wednesday, May 4th, 6:00 – 8:00pm | Knife Skills: Korean Bibimbap
    In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, award-winning chef and culinary instructor Clara Park will lead us in making delicious Korean bibimbap. Participants will be given step-by-step guidance on proper techniques and then practice these new skills while creating their own veggie-packed rice bowls.Tickets are $25/person and can be purchased via Eventbrite. This class is vegetarian friendly. Free tickets are available for SNAP-eligible families and for anyone who cannot afford the fee right now but would still like to participate. Please email for more information.
  • Thursday, May 12th, 7:00 – 8:00pm | Temple U-Teacher Education Alliance-New Teacher Workshop: Partnering for Student Success: Building Relationships with Community
    This session will give a brief overview of some best practices around leveraging school-based partnership and introduce the Partnership Toolkit Resource Guide. We will show you a conversation guide and have you take a needs assessment to both help you establish the value of partnership at your school and articulate the kind of partnership your students could benefit from. We will leave you with some practical ways you can connect with partners to meet those needs.
    Click here to register
  • Saturday, May 14⋅12:00 – 2:00pm | Gapura Community Center Grand Opening
    Grand Opening of the Gapura Indonesian Community center. For more information go to their website.
  • Thursday May 19th, 6:00pm-9:00pm | SEAMAAC: Message to the Future
    To celebrate our collective work, we hope you will join us on May 19, 2022 from 6pm to 9pm, at the American Swedish Historical Museum located in FDR Park. It will be an evening of food, fun, music and more! We will be celebrating and uplifting the unique voices of our community members and friends, and we hope to see you there. Click here to learn moreClick here to purchase tickets
  • Wednesday, May 25th, 1:00pm-2:00pm | API PA May 2022 CADBI Rally
    All across our state, communities live with the double traumas of intercommunal violence and mass incarceration. Pennsylvania currently has over 5,300 people serving mandatory life-without-parole sentences (also known as death by incarceration). But we know that life sentences will never solve violence, because life sentences are violent. We know that second chances keep our communities safe. On May 25th, we will descend on the capitol building to celebrate the ways that returning citizens are contributing to community safety and call for an end to death by incarceration, and we need your voice!
    Click here to learn more
  • Thursday, May 26th, 6:30pm-8:00pm | API PA Power Caucus 2022 Platform Input Meeting.
    This meeting is for people who’ve engaged with us in a meaningful way during the platform building process – you’ve had a 1:1 about it, attended a listening session or an issue deep dive meeting. This will be an opportunity to see an initial draft of the platform and give final feedback!
    Click here to learn more.


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Tammy Duckworth

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Cecilia Chung

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