New Haven Unified School District
Resolution No. 010-1617
WHEREAS, “Teachers Righting History” is an educational project that highlights historic American women in classrooms across the country in an effort to redesign the nation’s currency, which will allow teachers and students the ability to discuss and post images of historic American women on their classroom walls and as a teaching tool; and
WHEREAS, the “Teachers Righting History” strives to promote value, inspire leadership and civic engagement and implement institutionalized practices that reinforce the critical role women have played in American history, recognizing these historic figures who can serve as role models for future leaders which may have an enormous impact on the aspirations for both girls and boys; and
WHEREAS, the “Teachers Righting History” is one of several projects led by Rosie Rios, former Treasurer of the United States, as part of her Empowerment 2020 initiative counting up to the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote; and
WHEREAS, recently Ms. Rios initiated and lead the efforts to place a woman on our U.S. currency for the first time in 120 years and in April 2016, Treasury announced that Harriet Tubman will appear on the portrait of the $20 bill, leaders of the suffrage movement will be featured on the $10 bill (and images representing the activities of the Lincoln Memorial will be featured on the $5 bill); and
WHEREAS, Treasurer Rios, along with the teacher behind the “Teachers Righting History”, Phil Wilder, Treasurer Rios’ high school American history teacher, and Moreau Catholic High School, will continue to further the impact of the project and their future commitments; and
WHEREAS, the goal of the project launch on August 26, 2016 will be to recruit commitments from other schools, teachers and students to discuss highlighting historic American women and posting images or other creative approaches to engage students.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the New Haven Unified School District supports the “Teachers Righting History” project and their future commitments and wishes to promote their efforts throughout the school year and for the students of New Haven.