This issue debuts the Teaching Diverse Students Initiative, unveils a reinvented Mix It Up program and discusses the real-life effects of zero tolerance policies in schools.
A story from the Bitterroot Salish
"There’s nothing wrong with the way your grandparents talk,” my elementary school teachers used to say. “Standard English is different. Not better or worse. It’s just a way of talking that you need to know.”
Jackie Brown prided herself on teaching her students about disabilities. But could she confront her own feelings about her mother and polio?
For one family, finding a kindergarten classroom meant getting honest about race, class and privilege.
She was always smarter than the curriculum allowed her to be. Now one Miami student is showing future teachers how to keep students engaged.
Parents find grassroots power.
Students with learning disabilities create a documentary film to share their wisdom.
A new set of online tools and resources seeks to empower educators to improve the school experience for children of color
How can a website help you enhance learning opportunities for students of color? Renowned scholar Willis D. Hawley explains how the Teaching Diverse Students Initiative works.
Monica Edwards was frustrated. As a teacher in an urban elementary school, Edwards faced a class that was largely African American and Latino: she was neither. She often felt that she wasn’t effectively reaching them, and she was beginning to get discouraged.
Kawania Wooten’s voice tightens when she describes the struggle she’s having at the school her son attends. When his class created a timeline of civilization, Wooten saw the Greeks, the Romans and the Incas. But nothing was said about Africa, even though the class has several African American students.
Making a space where teachers can talk about difference
In fiction, children with disabilities are often still segregated, labeled, lonely and lost. These titles will help bring your school’s library into the age of inclusion.
Zero tolerance policies were supposed to end school violence. Instead, they’re pushing students out of school and into the justice system — and children of color are paying the highest price.
Since 2002, Teaching Tolerance’s Mix It Up at Lunch Day program has helped millions of students cross social boundaries and create more inclusive school communities. So why are we changing a model that has worked?