Teaching Tolerance Magazine

Issue 38, Fall 2010

Cover art by Brian Stauffer

Beyond the Little Red Schoolhouse

The Fall 2010 issue looks at how rural schools, so rarely in the spotlight, meet key challenges. It offers infographics on rural America and rural schools, as well as profiles of four educators who work in rural settings.

This issue also addresses cyberbullying and the life-or-death controversies surrounding online harassment. It also gives teachers tips on how to help students who are experiencing homelessness.

Lastly, you’ll find an introduction the new Teaching Tolerance documentary film Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case That Made History.

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Three from the Country

There is no “typical” rural teacher. Here’s a glimpse into the lives of three teachers in diverse, far-flung settings.
Tim Lockette
Photography by Sharon Steinmann

The Lessons of a Rural Principal

Eighteen years ago, I thought I was starting a brief stint at a rural school. It turned into a career full of experimentation and success.
George Wood
Photography by Sharon Steinmann

What is Rural America?

Charts, graphs and maps help shine a light on the issues in rural education. Compiled by Carol Kreis Download PDF

Country Outposts

Life can be tough for LGBT students in rural schools. But like kids in more urban areas, that can change with the right kind of support from teachers and parents.
Sean McCollum
Illustration by Brian Stauffer

High Tech in Small Places

Computers and the Internet help rural schools bridge vast distances—both geographically and culturally. But the growing use of technology can create new problems as it solves old ones.
Nirvi Shah
Illustration by Brian Stauffer

Using TDSi in Rural Schools

Rural educators face just as many problems as their urban colleagues when it comes to helping children of color. The Teaching Diverse Students Initiative gives them the tools they need to do the job.
Darlene Koenig
Illustration by Brian Stauffer


The stakes have never been higher for students—or schools.
Jennifer Holladay
Illustration by Shannon Brady

Helping the Homeless In School and Out

Homeless kids can be hard to identify and even harder to help. But teachers can do a great deal to make sure that they don’t fall through the cracks.
Helena Holgersson-Shorter
Illustration by Scott Bakal

Mixing It Up with Purpose

Educators use national Mix It Up at Lunch Day to address the social and academic needs of their students.
Jennifer Holladay


One World

Elie Wiesel

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