A group of school children in the early twentieth century Philippines.

Boys School, Frederick G. Behner Collection, Bentley Historical Library

Developed by Dr. Paulina Fraser (U-M School of Education 2023 and ReConnect/ReCollect graduate research assistant)

these resources are intended for any educator interested in teaching K-12 students about the history and cultural impact of US imperialism in the Philippines.

Explore Resource Guides:

Suggested pedagogical strategies and syllabi for teaching about US empire using decolonial approaches and materials from the imperial archive.


Digging at the Roots

Even though there has been a growing presence of Filipino Americans in the country since the early 1900’s – Filipino history, contributions, and experiences have been erased and made invisible due to colonialism and racism.

A page of handwriting in a file folder.

Artifact Protocol

A useful tool for introducing students to archival discovery and literacy.

A group of students looking through archival materials.

Community Resources List

A list of historical societies, educational centers, and other Filipino American community organizations for further pedagogical strategies.

A shelf of bound books.

Reading List

A handy bibliography of peer-reviewed scholarship and age-appropriate literature by and about Filipinos and Filipino Americans.


What Are We Learning – School & Power

Understanding the significance of American imperialism through the site of schools.