A place for educators to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools

Crossing the Line Between Blue and Pink

Jim Hiller - June 3, 2014

Unpacking the word “sissy” helped this teacher build awareness of stereotypes while creating safety for all students.

What Does the First Amendment Say About Displaying Religious Symbols?

Sara Wicht - June 2, 2014

Educators can’t display religious symbols in public schools, but that does not mean religious symbols can never appear in the classroom. So when is it OK?

You Increase Me: Remembering Maya Angelou

Adrienne van der Valk - May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou was an activist up until the very end of her life: visible, accessible, present to the people to whom her work and her message of hope meant the most.

“We Ready. We Coming.”

Jed Oppenheim - May 27, 2014

This summer’s Youth Congress is nothing new. What is new is how we will attempt to bring so many groups and individuals together and use the power of our voices and our feet to force the boiling pot to rumble with a collaborative spirit.

Is Silence Golden? Giving Students a Choice in Matters of Faith

Marisa Fasciano - May 23, 2014

Do moments of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance infringe on students’ rights? Tanenbaum and Teaching Tolerance revisit this and other important questions through a set of blog posts based on our ongoing webinar series Religious Diversity in the Classroom.

A Conversation With Diane Ravitch

Maureen Costello - May 22, 2014

TT and Diane Ravitch see eye-to-eye on many issues, but our latest report wasn’t one of them.

Community, Home and Schools—Relationships We Can’t Ignore

Going into children’s communities is the best way for teachers to learn about the cultural wealth existing in homes and to understand the importance of including families in the education of their children.

Laughing in the Classroom—Safely

Chad Donohue - May 20, 2014

In more than 20 years of teaching students ranging from as young as 12 to as old as 70, I have found one thing to be verifiably true: Humor positively impacts the learning environment.

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