Teaching Tolerance Magazine

Issue 58, Spring 2018

Illustration by Sam Ward

Teaching Hard History

Slavery played a central role in the development of the United States, but the way we teach it doesn't reflect that fact. Our cover story for the Spring 2018 issue gives you a sneak preview of Teaching Hard History: American Slavery—our new initiative to help educators better teach about our painful past and about how it affects our present.

This issue also highlights the results of a national survey on teacher bullying of students, how school gardens can become emancipatory spaces, life in Charlottesville after "Unite the Right" and much more.

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Liberated Roots

School and community gardens can be emancipatory spaces—if they’re built around culturally responsive practices. Get to know three gardening activists who have learned to ask the right questions—and listen to the answers.
Jey Ehrenhalt
Illustrations by Jill de Haan

Debunking the Mobility Myth

The American dream discriminates on the basis of color. How do we explain that to African-American children?
Robert L. Reece
Illustration by Carlos Babase

Statistically Speaking

Teacher bullying is a real phenomenon, but it’s always been hard to quantify—until now.
Alan McEvoy and Molly Smith

A Remote Control for Learning

Artist and educator Gene Luen Yang explains how graphic novels give students greater agency over their learning and their lives.
Monita K. Bell
Illustration by Gene Luen Yang

We Were Ready

Years of equity work sheltered Charlottesville's students when hate came to their town.
Cory Collins
Illustration by Michael Marsicano

Why Mendez Still Matters

Meet the school desegregation case that still affects ELL instruction today.
Josh Moon
Courtesy of the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections & Archives, Leatherby Libraries at Chapman University

Celebrate Maya Angelou

In observance of what would have been her 90th birthday, take a moment to introduce your students to legendary writer and activist Maya Angelou.
Alice Pettway
Illustration by Jeffrey Smith

Teaching Hard History

Four innovative educators discuss how they teach about our country's painful past. Plus, get a sneak preview of our new resources for teaching about American slavery.
Adrienne van der Valk
Illustration by Sam Ward


Letters to the Editor

You Spoke, We Listened

Our latest magazine issue, new website launch and social media news stories inspired a lot of dialogue with our community. Keep the feedback coming!
Ask Teaching Tolerance

Advice From the Experts

Illustration by Mitch Blunt Q: As a white male teacher, how do I have any credibility at all talking about race to my students who, because of their race and gender, grow up with an American experience very different fro
Why I Teach


Fear is a reality for Anne Garcia's students, but she's not going to let it dampen her commitment to RESIST on their behalf.
Down the Hall

Every Student. Every Day.

Ron Stahley looks back on a career that took him—and his district—where the students needed to go.
PD Café

How to Be an Ally

Any educator can become an ally, but the journey might look different depending on one’s identity, experience and familiarity with issues of power and privilege.
Staff Picks

What We're Reading

Our book reviews can help you keep your practice fresh and informed.
Staff Picks

What We're Watching

Dim the lights and get ready to learn with these TT-approved films!
Story Corner

Yaki’s Mural

Illustration by Jing Jing Tsong Yaki Sac Us is 9 years old, Guatemalan and Maya. But she prefers to go just by Yaki, and she wants all her new fourth-grade classmates in Plant City, Florida, to know this as soon as possi
Alexandra Melnick
Illustration by Jing Jing Tsong