“Critical engagement requires questioning, forming and challenging opinions, and feeling outrage or inspiration. It is about helping individuals find their voices and learn to trust their instincts.”

Critical Practices for Anti-bias Education

'The Capacity for Connection'

In this special Q & A, educators Louise Derman-Sparks and Patricia G. Ramsey, authors of the book, What If All the Kids are White?, provide early grades educators with practical ideas on preparing white students for a multicultural world.
Bullying & Bias

A Journal Can Be Anything

Too many educators believe the only way to journal is with the written word. Yes, we want our students to write — to increase their power through literacy. But why can't they use multiple intelligences to prompt the written word?

American Promise

American Promise, directed by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, explores black male achievement and shines a light on the importance of parents, educators and community in the success of our young black men.
Race & Ethnicity

Color Blindness

This piece investigates the concept of color blindness and helps teachers recognize the importance of race and ethnicity in students' lives.

Critical Practices for Anti-bias Education

This professional development seminar shows how teachers can take action and create the conditions that bring the key components of culturally responsive pedagogy to life.

Differentiated Instruction

This professional development module examines the role of differentiated instruction in the culturally responsive classroom.

Engaging Curriculum

This professional development module helps participants examine curriculum and presentation to ensure student engagement.

Exploring Assimilation in American Promise

In this professional development module, participants will examine how educational institutions may unintentionally foster race-based assimilation.
Race & Ethnicity

Facilitating Constructive Conversations about 9/11

Conversation Guidelines for Schools and Academic Settings, developed by the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, provides useful steps for having respectful conversations about 9/11 and religion.

Five Standards of Effective Pedagogy

Does your teaching include these five standards? Take a deep dive with this self-check, originally produced by the Center for Research on Education, Diversity and Excellence at the University of California.

Fulfilling the American Promise: Rethinking Achievement

In this professional development module, participants examine how phenomena like "stereotype threat" and "the achievement gap" have roots in complex institutional and historical inequities. Participants will also recognize the important considerations and additional variables involved in academic achievement from an African-American perspective.
Race & Ethnicity

How to ‘Roar’

Tips for using grassroots organizing to engage your school’s parents.


This piece accompanies Social Justice Standards: Unpacking Identity

Keep It Academic

The study of religion must serve academic purposes. Many schools approach the subject in self-contained religion courses, while others integrate the study of religion throughout coursework. Below are models and resources.

Mutual Learning Through Conversation

Certain encounters help young students develop values and virtues that open spaces in their minds and hearts so they can see the world and its people in broader terms.

Religious Diversity in the Classroom

How do you make both of these students feel safe, supported and respected? By creating a classroom culture in which religious diversity is respected and accepted.

Religious Holidays

If you want to include religious holidays as part of classroom inquiry, it is important to plan for them. Keep the following guidelines in mind.

Social Justice Standards | The Teaching Tolerance Anti-bias Framework

Social Justice Standards: The Teaching Tolerance Anti-bias Framework is a set of 20 anchor standards and 80 grade-level outcomes organized into four domains—Identity, Diversity, Justice and Action—that reflect the desired impact of successful anti-bias and multicultural education on student personal and social development. The standards provide a common language and organizational structure: Teachers can use them to guide curriculum development, and administrators can use them to make schools more just, equitable and safe.

Starting an Activist Club at School

This piece is to accompany the Portfolio Activity for "From Awareness to Action"Tad Thomas of the Positive Youth Foundation offers simple tips for starting an activist club at school.

Successful ESL Strategies

This piece accompanies the ELL Best Practices CollectionHigh school teacher Kristan Taylor uses oral history projects and journaling to help ESL and non-ESL students "realize that they often share the same problems, frustrations and hopes for the future."

Teaching the Civil Rights Act of 1964

The Civil Rights Act (CRA) of 1964, the conditions that led to it and its legacy are the subjects of a powerful four-part webinar series co-facilitated by Teaching Tolerance and the Library of Congress.
Rights & Activism