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What We're Reading This Week: August 28 The Atlantic: When high school student Deion Fludd was killed, his English teacher found it impossible to understand his death. She writes, "A...
Mix It Up 2015: Ready, Set, Go! October 27, 2015, will mark the 14th year of Mix It Up at Lunch Day. That’s 14 years of improving intergroup relations, reducing prejudice and having...
Perspectives on Women’s Equality Day Today—August 26—is Women’s Equality Day, an annual commemoration of the day in 1920 when Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby confirmed the...
What We're Reading This Week: August 21 The Atlantic: Nearly all high school graduates in Baldwin, Michigan—one of the poorest counties in the state—go to college. This success is being...
What We're Reading This Week: August 14 American Indians in Children's Literature: Blogger Debbie Reese writes about the danger in thinking all American-Indian people can be identified by...
What’s in the Box? Here’s a little glimpse into the origin of a Teaching Tolerance feature story. Every time we consider a topic, we use a decision matrix to determine...
What We're Reading This Week: August 7 Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls: TT Managing Editor Adrienne van der Valk breaks down the school-to-prison pipeline in this student-friendly post....
The Voting Rights Act at 50 Drum roll please... Today is the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965! We should celebrate, right? On the one hand...
Join Our Community! Can we take a moment to brag? You probably know that Teaching Tolerance is one of the United States’ leading providers of anti-bias education...
What We're Reading This Week: July 31 The Atlantic: As more data emerge about disparate suspension rates for children with disabilities—including emotional disabilities—advocates are...
Updated: “10 Myths About Immigration” Some Teaching Tolerance articles, blogs and lessons quickly become go-to resources. One of these most-visited items is “10 Myths About Immigration,”...
What We're Reading This Week: July 24 The Atlantic: In response to Arizona’s ban on Mexican-American studies, the course—and ethnic studies movement—has seen burgeoning nationwide support...
What We're Reading This Week: July 17 Christina Torres: English teacher and blogger Christina Torres explains the inherent problems that result when teachers deny the legitimacy of...
New Web Package for Teaching Ferguson Editor's note: July 17, 2015, is the one-year anniversary of Eric Garner's death on Staten Island, New York. Teaching Tolerance prepared this Web...
What We're Reading This Week: July 10 The Atlantic: The rights of transgender students—or lack thereof—have become a major source of contention in schools across the country.CityLab: This...
When Social Justice Educators Start Chatting… What’s better than thinking up strategies for enhancing students’ social emotional learning (SEL) and collective activism? Doing it and sharing with...
What We're Reading This Week: July 3 The Atlantic: The large class-size crisis has multiple consequences, including pushing teachers out of schools. The Hechinger Report: “[A] new...
What We're Reading This Week: June 26 AL.com: A gay teacher from Alabama wrote this letter to his 15-year-old self. His words remind us that the fight for true equality and inclusion for...
What We're Reading This Week: June 19 Al Jazeera America: Integrating students with disabilities into schools is not the same thing as providing full and complete inclusion.Autodizactic:...
The Anti-bias Framework 101 Our literacy-based curriculum, Perspectives for a Diverse America, supports a backward-design approach to curriculum planning that begins with the...
What We're Reading This Week: June 12 Education Law Center: This report details the (mostly concerning) news about the current state of school funding in the United States. The news is...
Celebrate LGBT Pride Month With ‘Perspectives’! It’s LGBT Pride Month, an annual commemoration of the Stonewall riots in New York City on June 28, 1969, and continued activism in pursuit of LGBT...
What We're Reading This Week: June 5 Bustle: As of June 1, 2015, all Baltimore public school students will receive free meals, regardless of socioeconomic status, eliminating the stigma...
Guess What…We Won! Last night, Teaching Tolerance staff was thrilled to have our materials recognized as outstanding among the country’s “most effective resources for...
What We're Reading This Week: May 29 Bright: In this personal essay, an educator shares her thoughts on the healing process in Baltimore following last month's protests. Blavity: A...
Introducing the 2015-17 TT Advisory Board! Teaching Tolerance couldn’t serve educators the way we do without the feedback and support of an important group of teachers, counselors, media...
Summer Planning Essentials It’s that time of year again: a bit of a summer break and then onto planning for next year! Maybe you’ve been thinking about ways to revamp your...
What We're Reading This Week: May 22 BRIGHT: Writer Thomas Maffai shares his concern that, in the age of technology, the "belief in the value of classroom learning built on human...
“Hang Out” With Anti-bias Education Experts Last summer, TT introduced the five recipients of the Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching to our community. These awardees—...
Our Summer 2015 Issue: Look Closer When a student who “looks like a boy” chooses to wear dresses and skirts. When a hard-of-hearing student seems to be doing well in a mainstream...
Introducing #TalktoTT! We’re excited to announce the debut of our monthly Twitter chat, #TalktoTT, scheduled for May 26! Join us on Twitter on the last Tuesday of every...
What We're Reading This Week: May 15 The Atlantic: Blogger Melinda Anderson details the ways in which recent initiatives geared toward black and Latino male achievement overshadow the...
Rest in Peace, B.B. King We were saddened to learn of blues legend B.B. King’s death today. He has been on our minds lately: His quote inspired the One World poster for our...
NEW and Improved Mix Registration! Every year, we say Mix It Up at Lunch Day can’t be topped. We thought this was true in 2012, in 2013 and definitely in 2014. Just look at all the fun...
What We're Reading This Week: May 8 The Atlantic: For a middle-school class in Brooklyn, the Freddie Gray protests have been an authentic opportunity to learn about the history of...
What We're Reading This Week: May 1 The Atlantic: When Baltimore schools closed on Tuesday, April 28, students, teachers, parents and community members registered a variety of reactions...
National Premiere of ‘Kumu Hina’ Mark your calendar for Monday, May 4 from 10 to 11 p.m. (EST)! PBS’ Independent Lens will be hosting the national broadcast premiere of Kumu Hina, a...
What We're Reading This Week: April 24 Bright: An educator in the Bronx reflects on the value of restorative justice and the crucial need for long-term, multi-faceted tools and support....
Congrats to the 104 Mix It Up Model Schools! “If we did this all the time, we would have a million friends!” That’s what a fifth-grader from Animas Valley Elementary School exclaimed after her...
What We're Reading This Week: April 17 American Library Association: The 2015 State of the America’s Libraries report, released during National Library Week, details trends like which...
Free Webinar on Religious Diversity Tanenbaum and Teaching Tolerance are pleased to invite you to the fifth webinar in our free Religious Diversity in the Classroom series,...
What We're Reading This Week: April 10 Al Jazeera America: This week, in response to a Whitehouse.gov petition identifying the dangers of conversion therapy, President Obama’s...
What We're Reading This Week: April 3 The New York Times: Laura Tavares of Facing History and Ourselves has created a text-to-text lesson based on To Kill a Mockingbird and the Equal...
What We're Reading This Week: March 27 Beliefnet: Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! is a new alphabet book that...
What We're Reading This Week: March 20 Common Dreams: The Zinn Education Project’s Bill Bigelow explains why it’s important students know Irish-American history—and why wearing green on St...
The Poll Results Are In! Two weeks ago, we polled our newsletter recipients on whether they're teaching about the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights movement in their...
What We're Reading This Week: March 13 Fusion: Is there a national expectation of justice for undocumented immigrants?The Guardian: A Selma-based youth group planned a march to draw...
‘Perspectives’ PD—Delivered to Your Laptop! Have you registered for Perspectives for a Diverse America, our literacy-based, anti-bias curriculum? If not, here are some reasons to check it out...
What We're Reading This Week: March 6 The Atlantic: Governor Matt Mead of Wyoming signed a bill this week that allows climate change to be taught in the state’s public schools,...
'Perspectives': We Did Our Homework! Perspectives for a Diverse America, Teaching Tolerance’s K-12 anti-bias, literacy-based curriculum, is the culmination of three years of hard work—...
What We're Reading This Week: February 27 GOOD: As members of the Ferguson community attempt to heal, the Truth Telling Project is creating safe spaces for people to speak their truths and...
What’s Your Favorite 'Perspectives' Reading? Last week, Teaching Tolerance highlighted the process that guided the selection of the nearly 300 readings, images and video and audio clips in...
What We’re Reading This Week: February 20 Center for Geographic Analysis: Maps of Africa from Harvard’s AfricaMap Project illustrate the diversity of the African continent.Disability Scoop:...
Texts! Texts! Texts! Are you familiar with Perspectives for a Diverse America? It’s Teaching Tolerance’s K-12 literacy-based anti-bias curriculum. It’s entirely free and...
What We’re Reading This Week: February 13 The Atlantic: A new documentary entitled The Homestretch offers an “authentic, no-frills portrayal of what it means to be young and homeless in...
What We’re Reading This Week: February 6 American Indians in Children's Literature: Blogger Debbie Reese recaps the American Library Association’s Day of Diversity (January 30) and reports...
What We’re Reading This Week: January 30 Al Jazeera America: Author Gregg Levine laments the opportunity missed by the creators of the film Selma to draw attention to contemporary voting...
New Web Package: Bridge to the Ballot Fifty years ago this spring, demonstrators in Selma, Alabama, tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge and march to the capital, Montgomery, to bring...
It’s Mix Model School Time! 2014 was a banner year for creative and successful Mix It Up at Lunch Days! If your school put together a great Mix event and has kept the Mix spirit...
What We’re Reading This Week: January 23 AL.com: The Southern Poverty Law Center case on behalf of Birmingham, Alabama students sprayed with mace by high school resource officers went before...
Our Spring Issue Has Stories to Tell! Illustration by Nate Powell.At Teaching Tolerance we talk a lot about making sure we really see our students—see their identities, observe their...
#imarchfor Sara Wicht is the senior manager of teaching and learning for Teaching Tolerance.In March of 1965, hundreds of people joined in the nonviolent battle...
What We’re Reading This Week: January 16 Discipline Disparities: The most recent report in this series remind us that, as educators, we must confront racial disparities, find constructive...
'Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot' This spring and summer offer opportunities to bring two monumental moments in civil rights history into your classroom: March 2015 is the 50th...
You Could Be on the Next TT Advisory Board! If you’re an anti-bias educator who’s been looking for a way to become more directly involved with Teaching Tolerance, becoming part of our advisory...
What We're Reading This Week: January 9 The Atlantic: Harvard researcher David J. Knight details how stereotypes about young men of color affect their deep thinking and emotions as well as...
What We’re Reading This Week: January 2 The Atlantic: Amid growing perception that the government is dragging its feet on school reform, the private sector is making its way further into...
What We’re Reading This Week: December 24 The Atlantic: The New York Civil Liberties Union offers a workshop that teaches students how to behave during encounters with law enforcement. Some...
Showing Students and Families You Care When bad things happen in a community, helping young people process their pain and fears and regain a sense of security in the aftermath is one of...
What We’re Reading This Week: December 19 The Atlantic. Lesbian and gay teachers talk about coming out to students and navigating the professional complications of being out at school....
What We’re Reading This Week: December 12 The Huffington Post: Video blogger Franchesca Ramsey presents five steps for being a strong and effective ally. The Huffington Post: When 7-year-old...
The Revolution Will Be Tweeted "There are some things that we can never change it seems...#racism #EricGarner #TrayvonMartin #EmmettTill #RekiaBoyd #Ferguson "-DS 8th "This makes...
What We’re Reading This Week: December 5 American Indians in Children’s Literature: Blogger Debbie Reese explains how—despite claims to the contrary—the latest adaptations of Peter Pan...
What We're Reading This Week: November 26 This week's edition features stories about recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. Chicago Sun Times: A transcript of President Barack Obama's Monday-...
What We're Reading This Week: November 21 The Atlantic: Hundreds of schools across the country—including some charter networks—have embraced an uncompromisingly stern...
Introducing 'Civil Rights Done Right' It’s no secret that the United States struggles to find common understandings about race. We live in a time when many white citizens describe our...
What We're Reading This Week: November 14 Al Jazeera: Much has been made of higher education’s poor track record of handling sexual assault allegations, but similar problems exist in high...
What We’re Reading This Week: November 7 Welcome to What We’re Reading This Week—our new weekly blog feature! Now, every Friday, busy educators like you can find a selection of headlines...
Your Planning Paid Off! All your planning paid off! Thousands of schools across the country—and abroad!—celebrated Mix It Up at Lunch Day this past Tuesday. Thank you for...
Teach 'The New Jim Crow' in Your Classroom Teaching Tolerance is pleasured to announce the release of Teaching The New Jim Crow, a literacy-based teacher’s guide that accompanies Michelle...
Today is Mix It Up at Lunch Day! Today is Mix It Up at Lunch Day! Launched 13 years ago, Mix It Up encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries. It’s a...
Countdown to Mix! Mix It Up at Lunch Day is just a few days away! Don’t be nervous. In our 12 years of experience, we’ve found that Mix It Up at Lunch events generally...
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...