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Sally Sudo (right) distributes complimentary resource materials to high school social studies teacher Pamela Alsbury at the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies and Great Lakes Area 2014 Annual Conference. Photo by Cheryl Hirata-Dulas

By P.C. Staff

The Twin Cities JACL Education Committee participated in the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies and Great Lakes Area 2014 Annual Conference on March 3 at the Sheraton Hotel in Bloomington, Minn.

Educators from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin attended the two-day conference, which is aimed at increasing professional development opportunities for social studies teachers of all grade levels.

Sally Sudo staffed the JACL’s exhibit booth as well as distributed complimentary resource materials, including the JACL National Education Curriculum Guide on “A Lesson in American History: The Japanese American Experience,” the Twin Cities JACL’s revised curriculum guide on the Military Intelligence Service Language School at Camp Savage and Fort Snelling (CD-ROM) and the Densho Civil Liberties Curriculum (CD-ROM).

The chapter’s trifold displays on the MISLS and incarceration served as backdrops for the exhibit table.

“It’s always a pleasure to meet the teachers, some of whom have taught about this chapter in American history, and others who are learning more about it and want to include these lessons in their future plans,” said Sudo. “They are always so appreciative of receiving these resource materials and learning that our chapter has a Speaker’s Bureau willing to send someone to speak to their students.”

A grant from the JACL Legacy Fund supported the chapter’s participation in the conference, as well as revision of the MISLS curriculum guide, which can be found online at

Originally published on May 2, 2014