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Second Webinar with Michelle Alexander Teaching Tolerance is hosting a second webinar with Michelle Alexander on Wednesday, October 29. This time, we will be introducing Teaching The New...
A Plan for After Oct. 28 In two weeks’ time, Mix It Up at Lunch Day will finally be here, and your hard work will be rewarded!   Right now, take some time and...
“What About My Friends?” One of the things that makes Mix It Up at Lunch Day so great is that it takes a light-hearted approach to a serious problem. Switching seats and...
Mix It Loud, Mix It Proud Your school is doing something great by participating in Mix It Up at Lunch Day! Let your community know about it. Getting the word out is easy,...
Mix It Up How-To’s Mix It Up at Lunch is now in its 13th year. And just when we think we’ve seen every possible way to organize this event, schools surprise us with new...
Mark Your Calendars! Webinars with Michelle Alexander The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness has received international acclaim for revealing the racial inequities underlying...
Gear Up for Mix with “Mixers” One way to get into the Mix It Up spirit before Mix It Up at Lunch Day is with…mixers. Confused? Don’t be. Teaching Tolerance offers dozens of...
Mix It Up Any Way You Can Yes, it’s called Mix It Up at Lunch Day, but lunch means different things to different schools. Some schools may have multiple lunch times starting...
The Fall Issue Has Arrived! Fall is upon us, and a new issue of Teaching Tolerance magazine is hot off the press and making its way into schools across the country. Equity...
New Curriculum from Teaching Tolerance! You spoke. We listened. For years, Teaching Tolerance has provided our audience with FREE high-quality lessons, film kits and best practices guides...
How Does the Anti-bias Framework Fit into Perspectives? We’re glad you want to read more about the components of Perspectives for a Diverse America, our new K–12, literacy-based, anti-bias curriculum. Here...
How Do Central Texts Fit into Perspectives? Texts are at the heart of the Perspectives curriculum. The Central Text Anthology is a carefully curated collection of rigorous texts that exemplify...
How Do Integrated Learning Plans Fit into Perspectives? The tasks and strategies within Perspectives are organized into curricular phases, each of which focuses on a particular literacy skill or on...
Getting Students in the Mix Every coordinator wants to plan a truly successful Mix It Up at Lunch Day. Our suggestion this week? Get your students in the Mix! We surveyed...
You Can’t Mix It Up Alone Do you know what piece of advice we hear most from our Mix coordinators? Don’t plan your Mix It Up at Lunch Day alone. Call in some reinforcements—...
New Teachers Going “Back” to School It’s back-to-school season! Schools across the country are welcoming new and returning students, educators are making lesson plans and setting up...
Get Ready for Mix It Up 2014! Have you registered for this year’s national Mix It Up at Lunch Day? When you do, you’ll become part of a 13-year tradition of improving intergroup...
Free Webinar! Religious Diversity in the Classroom In the middle of a lesson, one of your students raises her hand and asks, “Isn't there only one God?” Another student says, “That’s stupid! There is...
Meet the 2014 Teaching Tolerance Award Winners! The big moment is here! Teaching Tolerance is pleased to introduce to our community five visionary educators who use their talents to reduce...
Calling All Bloggers! Interested in contributing to conversations about social justice in education? Want to help teachers fulfill the Teaching Tolerance mission of...
Thank You for Holding Us Accountable! Over the last few days, a Teaching Tolerance Facebook post with the status update “Help victims become survivors” has received a lot of attention....
Ready for Summer? Take Us With You! We don’t need to tell our readers that summer is almost here—the excitement’s in the air! At Teaching Tolerance we’re excited, too. Our Summer iPad...
TT Recognizes 77 Mix It Up Model Schools! Flash mobs, super heroes and sticky note wars: Those are some of the fun activities planned by a few of the 77 Mix It Up Model Schools that Teaching...
Study Proves TT Magazine Improves Health and Happiness Teacher Frances Griffiths always considered herself a reasonably happy person. She liked her job as a fourth-grade teacher, played competitive tennis...
Teach the Movement Better with TT's New Guide A couple of weeks ago, we released a new report, Teaching the Movement 2014: The State of Civil Rights Education in the United States, that evaluated...
Religious Diversity Webinar—Coming Soon! What do you say when one of your students asks a question about religion? What if a student wants to write her report about God? Are you confused...
Meet the Finalists! We wish the entire TT community could read the applications for the Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching. Seeing the creativity,...
Students Reflect on “Whitman Teaches the Movement” Editor’s note: Last week, Teaching Tolerance released Teaching the Movement 2014: The State of Civil Rights Education in the United States. This week...
Teachers Reflect on “Whitman Teaches the Movement” Editor’s note: Last week, Teaching Tolerance released Teaching the Movement 2014: The State of Civil Rights Education in the United States. This week...
Extra! Extra! The Spring Issue is Here! The spring issue of Teaching Tolerance is on its way to schools across the country! Here’s a preview of what’s inside. This issue’s cover story, “...
The 2014 Teaching Tolerance Award Application Is Open! The application window for the biannual 2014 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching opens today. As a reader and friend of Teaching...
Teachers Can Be Bullied Too Editor's Note: The author of this blog wishes to remain anonymous.  I sat in the department meeting paralyzed by shock as the department head...
Life Is About Mixing It Up “Making connections and getting to know people—that’s what life’s about. It’s about expressing ideas …” –Luke LeCroix, Senior at Loveless Academic...
Today Is Mix It Up at Lunch Day! Today is Mix It Up at Lunch Day, and K-12 schools, community organizations and even universities across the nation are mixing it up in unique and...
Tell Congress to Mix It Up! Next Tuesday, Oct. 29, is Mix It Up at Lunch Day.  Students at over 6,000 schools will sit with someone new at lunch. It’s a simple action with...
The Countdown Begins! Just over a week to go! Are you panicking? Don’t. We have found that Mix It Up at Lunch events generally go off well, even if there are a few hitches...
Looking Beyond Oct. 29 Mix It Up at Lunch Day is just a couple of weeks away. You’re on track, plans are moving forward, and we know the day will be a big success. This is...
Kick Old Lunch Habits with Mix! A goal of Mix It Up at Lunch Day is to take a relatively light-hearted approach (switch seats for one day) to a complex and difficult topic (...
The Art of Mix Publicity Mix It Up at Lunch Day is less than a month away! Are you getting the word out? We can help. Need posters? We’ve got ‘em. Clip art? Got that too! A...
How Should We Mix It Up? In 11 years of Mix It Up at Lunch, the greatest creativity we have seen revolves around the many ways you can “mix” students up on the day of the...
The Fall Issue Is Here! The latest issue of Teaching Tolerance is hot off the press! In our fall issue, we offer resources for educators who value diversity and seek to do...
Mix It Up in the Classroom! Teaching Tolerance offers dozens of free, online resources that can be used in the classroom in the weeks leading up to your Mix It Up at Lunch event...
Uh, Mix It Up at Which Lunch? So it’s called Mix It Up at Lunch Day—but all lunch “hours” are not created equal. Do you have four lunch breaks, the first starting at 10:30 a.m.?...
Getting Students in the Mix Students are what Mix It Up at Lunch Day is all about, and students are what make it successful. Last school year, at least 1.5 million students...
Building Your Mix It Up Team You can’t—and shouldn’t—plan Mix It Up at Lunch Day alone. Allies are essential. Sympathetic colleagues are a good place to start. In the spirit of...
Civil Rights Anniversary: Why Do You March? This Saturday, thousands of people will come together to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. It will be a day to honor those...
History Class Practices Speaking Up You know that old chestnut that teachers should never correct a student in front of other students? I disagree, especially when it comes to biased...
Share TT with Your Friends When you opened your TT newsletter this week, did you notice the "Tell Your Colleagues About Us" section? We know you see it every week—so often, in...
TT Welcomes the 2013 Advisory Board On June 1, the 2013 Teaching Tolerance Advisory Board members began their two-year terms. The 21 individuals on this board bring an understanding of...
The Debut of Summer 'Teaching Tolerance' When violence erupts in a community such as Newtown, Conn., or Oak Creek, Wis., schools can play an important role in helping children navigate our...
TT Announces 63 Mix It Up Model Schools Teaching Tolerance named 63 schools across the nation as Mix It Up Model Schools today for their exemplary efforts to foster respect and...
Teaching Tolerance Needs Bloggers Are you interested in becoming more involved in Teaching Tolerance? We’re looking for people to write 500-word blogs about equity issues, classroom...
LGBT-inclusive Best Practices Now Available Though lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students are harassed at twice the rate of other students, a few purposeful steps can transform...
2012 Teaching Tolerance Award Winners Every year, Teaching Tolerance hears from teachers who are going the extra mile to support students from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural...
New PD Tool Helps Stamp Out Bullying Bullying has reached epidemic proportions in U.S. schools. About 1 in 4 students report having been bullied. Tens of thousands of students stay home...
Have a Great Anti-Bias Classroom Activity? Every teacher has that gem of an activity that's been perfected over the years—the one that always engages students and shows them a new perspective...
Dent Middle School’s Mix It Up Skits Were a Hit! 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...
Arrowwood Elementary School Mixes It Up on YouTube! 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...
Mix It Up at Lunch Day Successful Nationwide 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...
“Our [Mix It Up] dinner was terrific!” That’s what Lynn English High School’s Ginny Keenan told us after she hosted her school’s annual Mix It Up at Lunch Dinner last week. Like many...
Mix It Up at Lunch Day Is Important Mix It Up day is four days away. Take a moment to catch your breath. And register online, if you haven’t already. We know how many schools do Mix It...
TT Director Discusses Mix It Up on CNN Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello appeared yesterday on CNN to discuss national Mix It Up at Lunch Day and to address the American Family...
What makes a Mix It Up model school? 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...
TT Director Calls on Schools to Mix It Up Maureen Costello, director of Teaching Tolerance, spoke to WSFA of Montgomery, Ala., this morning about the important role programs like Mix It Up at...
The Truth about American Muslims Online Now Teaching Tolerance proudly endorses “What is the Truth about American Muslims? Questions and Answers.” This publication, jointly produced by the...
How to Seat Students for Mix It Up There are so many ways to mix up student seating at lunch that it can be difficult to consider them all. Don’t let this be a stumbling block. The...
More Mix It Up Days Ahead By now, you’re well under way to having a great Mix It Up at Lunch Day. It’s a good time to starting thinking about what happens beyond the Oct. 30...
Getting Publicity for Mix It Up When it comes to publicizing your Mix It Up at Lunch campaign, think a little bit old school, a little bit new school—and then start thinking beyond...
Mapmaking and Boundary Crossing for Mix It Up Some students—and others—may ask, “Why do we need Mix It Up at Lunch Day?” A good way to lead them to their own answers is to carry out group or...
Practice Your Mix It Up “Elevator Speech” So people are starting to ask you, “What’s this Mix It Up at Lunch thing? What is it you’re planning?” This is a time when you definitely need your “...
Are Your Key Players on Board for Mix It Up? We’re a little less than two months out from Mix It Up at Lunch Day. What does your core planning group look like? Our most successful schools during...
Pocket Guide Makes It Easy to Speak Up Teaching Tolerance designed a new guide, Speak Up at School, to give educators the tools to help students and themselves turn from bystanders to...
New ELL Best Practices Collection Available Now Teaching Tolerance is proud to present a new best practices guide for engaging limited English proficient (LEP) students and their families. “Over...
Five Ways to Build Momentum for Mix Schools are busy places, with lots of things competing for attention. Based on input from hundreds of schools during the past decade of Mix It Up at...
Two New Guides Help Schools Combat Bias Responding to requests from educators across the country seeking help in addressing acts of bigotry on campus, Teaching Tolerance released two guides...
Choosing a Mix It Up Theme 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...
What do Kids Get Out of Mix? So you’ve decided to Mix It Up at Lunch—either for the first time or as a returning participant. And you ask yourself, “Why Mix It Up? What do kids...
A Baker’s Dozen of Lessons in Advertising Advertising is everywhere. It’s on the TV in our homes, on the Internet at schools, on billboards as we drive or walk through our communities, in the...
Put the Brakes on the Summer Slide The school year is wrapping up, and most students won’t see the inside of a classroom for months. To kids, this means vacation, but to teachers it...
Undocumented. Unafraid. Each year, about 65,000 undocumented young people graduate from high school only to find a brick wall between themselves and the future. They are...
Announcing the 2012 Mix It Up at Lunch Model Schools Teaching Tolerance has named 77 schools—25 more than last year—from across the country as Mix It Up Model Schools for their exemplary efforts to...
Making Black History Month Memorable We asked our 25 Teaching Tolerance Advisory Board members what advice they would offer to fellow educators about Black History Month. Each of these...
Alabama NAME Conference Seeking Proposals The second annual Alabama Region 4 Conference on Multicultural Education is now seeking conference proposals through Feb. 17.  The NAME...
Celebrate Women This Black History Month Historian Carter G. Woodson established the first Negro History Week in 1926—a celebration that later became Black History Month. The Association for...
Durham Schools Agree to End Discriminatory Policies We were encouraged to see that the school system in Durham, N.C., last week agreed to end discriminatory practices that prevent Latino students from...
Most States Get an ‘F’ on Civil Rights Education The civil rights movement is one of the defining events of U.S. history, and yet most states fail badly when it comes to teaching the movement to...
52 Recognized as Mix It Up Model Schools Teaching Tolerance has named 52 schools from across the country as Mix It Up Model Schools for their exemplary efforts to foster respect and...
The Obstacles Faced by Children of Color It’s widely understood that African-American kids—and other children of color—get fewer opportunities in life than white kids. But still, it is...
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How will you Mix It Up in 2013? National Mix It Up at Lunch Day was a huge success last year—and this year is going to be even better! Photo by Roark JohnsonFor over a decade,...
Teaching the Movement The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program is releasing a digitally restored version of its 1994 Academy Award-winning documentary...
10 Myths About Immigration Myths about immigration and immigrants are common. Here are a few of the most frequently heard misconceptions along with information to help you and...
Fighting Back Against Bullies This Film Is Based on a True StoryJamie Nabozny carefully planned his every move at school. He had to. The bullying by his classmates in Ashland,...
Reaching Students Where They Are The “achievement gap” is one of the most disturbing phenomena in American education. Teachers want to close the gap in their own schools – but...
Vietnamese Americans: Lessons in American History Teaching Tolerance is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance in the online...
Belief In Action On the following pages, we offer two classroom units and two commentaries to help teachers foster an inclusive environment for students of all faiths...
A Mountain Legacy Under the huge crafts tent at the annual Appalachian Festival on the banks of the Ohio River, students from all over Cincinnati mob the long work...