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Eagle Scouts Honor Integrity Through Protest

Laura Sofen - August 31, 2012

In the years since they graduated from middle school, several of my former students earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. I was proud of them. I read their stories in the local paper and was inspired by the various ways in which these young men improved our community. Each time, their accomplishments and selflessness impressed me. Earning the highest rank in Boy Scouts of America is an admirable achievement.

Who Will You Inspire Today?

Sarah Sansbury - August 30, 2012

Bill Gates said there would never have been a Microsoft were it not for his teachers, Fred Wright and Ann Stephens. I have to wonder if, at the time, they realized what influence they had. Was the year that they taught Gates one that stood out above the rest, or was it a school year in which they did what they always did—taught to their best ability?

Two New Guides Help Schools Combat Bias

Teaching Tolerance Staff - August 29, 2012

Responding to requests from educators across the country seeking help in addressing acts of bigotry on campus, Teaching Tolerance released two guides today designed to help create safe, welcoming schools.

New Literacies Bring Sign Language to eBooks

Gary Wellbrock - August 29, 2012

A new literacy landscape has emerged that is whispering farewell to the clothbound books of my childhood. Classrooms today are moving away from traditional print-based texts to incorporate digital media, often referred to as “new literacies.” Elementary school classrooms now come equipped with Smart Boards, computers and even iPads.

Unexpected Stereotypes and How to Combat Them

Sara Schmidt - August 28, 2012

Whether it’s the bully or the blonde, the nerd or the jock, most of us are familiar with a wide range of stereotypes. We’ve also been affected by them. But there are plenty of unexpected stereotypes that need to be acknowledged as well.

Ten Things to Know about the March on Washington

John Adams - August 28, 2012

The 1963 March on Washington is perhaps the most iconic event from the modern civil rights movement. Now a full half-century ago, a quarter of a million Americans gathered to show solidarity with African Americans. While images of the March on Washington are engrained in our collective conscience, few realize that the event defined and crystallized a social, political and moral revolution. To commemorate the event, here are 10 things you may not know about the March on Washington.

Ava’s Words Teach Social Justice Lesson

Ann Van Etten - August 27, 2012

Ava, an 8th-grade student in my after-school creative writing class came to me to discuss a story she was working on. She was writing a fictional story about a gay teenager who struggles with his sexuality and coming out. Even early on in the process, I was impressed with her ability to look at this story as a complex study in understanding—giving a voice to, and respectfully exploring, the conflicts of a gay teen.

Choosing a Mix It Up Theme

Teaching Tolerance Staff - August 24, 2012

Mix It Up at Lunch is a theme in itself. Many schools find the Mix It Up idea enough of a hook to carry the day, as well as follow-up events throughout the rest of the year.

But some schools take it farther—or higher, as the case may be.

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