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Mix It Up at Lunch Day Is Important

Teaching Tolerance Staff - October 26, 2012

Mix It Up day is four days away. Take a moment to catch your breath. And register online, if you haven’t already.

Take Mix It Up Beyond One Day

Sara Schmidt - October 26, 2012

I love teaching in a co-op with other homeschoolers and former public educators. We are an incredibly diverse group—racially, ability-wise and religiously. We also incorporate diversity in our guest speakers and field trips. The first day of school this year, we were chanting and doing art projects with Tibetan monks. So how do we make Mix It Up at Lunch Day unique with this gorgeous hodgepodge of people that is already used to joining together?

Educators Set the Bar for Respect

Sara Schmidt - October 25, 2012

As a high school sophomore, I loved debate. My coach was a quirky, intelligent man whom I greatly admired. I learned a lot from him. It bothered me, however, that he didn’t seem to respect me because of my choices.

Seeing Through the Privileged Haze

Sarah Anderson - October 25, 2012

I have always considered myself a thoughtful and considerate teacher. I try to understand where my students are coming from. I want my students to feel safe and respected. Last year, one of my students taught me how even the best intentions can miss the mark.

TT Director Discusses Mix It Up on CNN

Teaching Tolerance Staff - October 23, 2012

Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello appeared yesterday on CNN to discuss national Mix It Up at Lunch Day and to address the American Family Association’s (AFA) bizarre attack on the anti-bias program.

Have You Thanked a Parent Lately?

Jan S. Gephardt - October 22, 2012

My third-hour class was a challenge. The students were young, the class was large, and most students just needed a required fine art credit. Not great art lovers, they spent their considerable energy doing everything but their art projects.

What makes a Mix It Up model school?

Teaching Tolerance Staff - October 19, 2012

You’re likely feeling immersed in Mix It Up by now, having browsed our online offerings, read the blogs and emails, followed updates on Facebook and Twitter. But you might be asking yourself, “What are these model schools? How were they chosen? What’s special about them?”

Day of the Girl Inspires Student Action

Ashley Lauren Samsa - October 18, 2012

The first International Day of the Girl, a United Nations initiative to promote gender equality around the world, was Oct. 11. When I explained the day to my extra-curricular group for girls, their responses varied. One student remarked that a day wasn’t enough, but it was definitely a step in the right direction. Another noted that it was about time someone recognized the multitude of issues that girls face. Still another asked why we needed a day at all.

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