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After Election Day

Maureen Costello - November 7, 2012

Let’s talk about voting.

Yesterday, we asked our 65,000 Facebook followers if they had held mock elections in their schools. We heard from one lone voice that reported her middle school had 100 percent turnout.

Ethnicity Check Goes Outside the Box

Bronwyn Harris - November 6, 2012

I recently served as a reader of scholarship applications. The process included a complex algorithm for inclusion and took several criteria into account, like GPA, test scores, native languages, income level, assets, essays, parental education level and ethnicity. While providing this service, I came face-to-face with a misconception about race and ethnicity: Appearance predicts what language people speak.

Dent Middle School’s Mix It Up Skits Were a Hit!

Teaching Tolerance Staff - November 6, 2012

In preparation for Mix It Up at Lunch Day, Dent Middle School students designed t-shirts, performed skits on the morning news show and decorated the lunchroom. Their event was a huge success!

Arrowwood Elementary School Mixes It Up on YouTube!

Teaching Tolerance Staff - November 2, 2012

As part of Mix it Up at Lunch Day, Arrowwood Elementary School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado provided students with a series of ice-breakers to spice up the conversation and help create new friendships. The Douglas County School District’s video of the event shows what Mix It Up is all about!

Mix It Up at Lunch Day Successful Nationwide

Teaching Tolerance Staff - November 1, 2012

This week, schools across the nation participated in Mix It Up at Lunch Day with great success. From colored t-shirts to glow bracelets, each school made the event its own—and every school broke down social barriers and took a step toward creating a welcoming school climate.

Simple Mix Idea Brings Fun, Laughter to Lunch

Carrie Craven - October 31, 2012

At first the idea sounded too simple to be anything worthwhile. Have students sit with someone new at lunch? How much effect could that really have? After years of perusing and using Teaching Tolerance’s other resources, I finally felt compelled to try to Mix It Up.

Mix Brings Visibility to the Invisible

Rhonda Thomason - October 31, 2012

“Privilege is choosing what we do not see” -Dorothy Soelles

These words speak to my ongoing journey out of homophobia—a journey that began over a decade ago in Mississippi.

Halloween Offers Model for Mixing It Up

Sarah Sansbury - October 31, 2012

I love Halloween.

It’s not because I’m a fan of horror movies or haunted houses. Spooking up my house with wispy ghosts swinging from tree branches, fake spider webs and creepy tombstones is not the appeal.

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