Teaching Tolerance Magazine

Issue 53, Summer 2016

Cover art by John Hersey

Anatomy of an Ally

The Summer issue of Teaching Tolerance is full of stories we hope will inspire you, not to do more, but to build on the equity and inclusion work you’re already doing.

Our cover story looks at what it takes to move beyond being a caring teacher to become a teacher ally for vulnerable students. Other stories describe best practices for supporting undocumented youth, children with autism, LGBT students and students who do not fit gender binaries.

You may be “up to here” with doing more, but small changes can go a long way toward letting all your students know: You’ve got their backs. And this issue has yours.

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Reel Life

Make the foreign familiar with films from around the globe.
Eileen Mattingly
Illustration by Jon Reinfurt

The New Sex Ed

A more inclusive model is gaining popularity. Is it coming to your school? Could it?
Alice Pettway
Illustration by Mark Miller

'Browder v. Gayle'

The most important civil rights case you’ve never heard of.
Jonathan Gold
Photo Courtesty of the Browder Family

Ask Angy

Meet the woman who gives hope to the young, gifted and undocumented.
Adrienne van der Valk
Photography by Karsten Moran

A New Frame of Mind

What autistic students wish you knew about who they are and how they learn.
Sean McCollum
Illustration by MASA

Online Exclusive! "Becoming Joey"

How can a student begin the walk to school with one name and arrive with another? Hear the story of "Becoming Joey," a poem by Paul Gorski, read by Gabriela Bovea.
Paul Gorski


Letters to the Editor

You Spoke, We Listened

Reader Reactions TT Director Maureen Costello addressed Islamophobia in her Spring 2016 “ Perspectives ” column—and stirred mixed responses. As I was reading your Perspectives piece, I was just nodding my head in total a
Ask Teaching Tolerance

Advice From the Experts

Illustration by Maricor/Maricar Q: I teach English language learners from many different countries, mostly in Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. My students—from all groups of color—sometimes use words that
Why I Teach

That Magic Moment

When her third-grade students hit a research obstacle, Syrita Jackson made the call—literally—to teach a point about perseverance.
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!
One World

Jazz Jennings

Download and post this inspiring quote in your classroom.