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April 9, 2018 - Testing Season

It's testing season, so in this edition of The Moment, we offer a few ways to relieve some of the stress this time of year brings. Your students may be struggling with testing anxiety or afraid they’ll be associated with negative academic stereotypes. These resources can help you support them.

 

Tips for Testing Season

With testing comes a heightened sense of anxiety for many students and their teachers. Consider trying these survival tips to help your students feel less anxious and bring their best selves to testing days.

 

Testing, Testing: How Mindfulness Can Help

If your students haven’t already begun testing, we know it’s right around the corner. This mindfulness practitioner suggests some ways to relieve students’ test-related stress.

 

How Stereotype Threat Affects Us and What We Can Do

"How Stereotype Threat Affects Us and What We Can Do" is part of a video series on the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

 


 

April 2, 2018 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 50th Anniversary Observance

April 4, 2018, marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. With this edition of The Moment, we invite you and your students to reflect on his life and legacy and make connections to the modern movements he inspired.

 

Making King Real for Students Today

TT Director Maureen Costello watched Dr. King's legacy evolve from a "dangerous man to a secular saint in the public mind." On the anniversary of his assassination, she encourages teachers to break through the simplistic narrative and share his righteous anger at poverty and militarism.

 

The Best of Our Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Resources

On the 50th anniversary of his assassination, supplement your lessons on Dr. King's words and actions with these resources.

 

Dr. King on Poverty: Then and Now

In his "I Have a Dream Speech," Dr. King speaks about economic injustice toward black Americans. What progress toward a just economy still needs to happen?

 


 

March 27, 2018 - Rest in Power Linda Brown Thompson

Linda Brown Thompson passed away on March 25. Today, we dedicate The Moment to her memory and her legacy as the child at the center of the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision 'Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.'

 

The Bravery of Linda Brown

As we remember Linda Brown Thompson, we must also consider the reality of the world she lived in when, at the age of 9, she became the face of school desegregation.

 

Brown v. Board: An American Legacy

What 'Brown v. Board' meant to the United States.

 

Brown Is...

Complete interviews with 14 Americans about the legacy and impact of 'Brown v. Board.'

 


 

March 26, 2018 - Balance Your Media Diet

The current media circus thrives on spectacle and loud debate, as evidenced by a lack of nuanced, civil discussion online. These materials from our Digital Literacy Framework can help students understand why many online communities are so divided—and how to look beyond that division to help create a more inclusive, and more civil, online world.

 

How to Balance Your Media Diet

The modern media circus makes for a good show, but is it good for you? Watch our video to help your students look beyond the news that is fed to them—and better feed themselves.

 

Speaking of Digital Literacy…

Understanding how the brain processes information can help students unravel the origins of fake news and other mysteries of the internet.

 

News Consumers' Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

This lesson focuses on PEN America's News Consumers' Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. Students will read the bill of rights, rephrase some of the rights and responsibilities, and rank the rights in order of importance. Finally, students will work together to construct a short dramatic skit that shows the significance of one right of their choosing.

 


 

March 19, 2018 - Spring Break Self-Care

Who's looking forward to spring break? Make the most of these precious days by relaxing with some recommended books, checking out a social justice film or making a self-care plan. Recharge now, and make the next few months the best of the school year!

 

Self-Care for Spring Break

These tips, adapted from our webinar Self-Care for the Summer, suggest ways to make the most of spring break so you can return to your classroom rested and re-energized to continue the vital work of educating for a diverse democracy.

 

What We're Reading

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

 

What We're Watching

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

 


 

March 14, 2018 - National Student Walkout

Yesterday, thousands of students participated in the #Enough National School Walkout, sponsored by Women's March Youth EMPOWER. Another walkout is planned for next month to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Columbine shooting. This edition of The Moment brings you up to date on the walkout and other planned actions, highlights a walkout-themed Learning Plan, and offers encouragement for bringing activism into the elementary classroom.

 

Walkouts, Marches and the Desire to 'Do Something': What You Need to Know About Stoneman Douglas Activism

After the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, courageous survivors have inspired a groundswell of activism and advocacy. Here's what you need to know—and what you can do, no matter your situation.

 

Walkout Day

This teacher built a custom lesson plan to mark a day when thousands of students will walk out of their schools in protest. Check it out—and build your own!

 

Teaching to End Tragedy: A Call to Elementary School Teachers

This educator asks elementary teachers: Is your classroom preparing students to work toward healthier, safer, more equitable communities—or to do worksheets?

 


 

March 5, 2018 - Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month! Our treasure trove of texts and resources can help you teach this history year-round, but this month is a great time to address inequity and draw special attention to girls and women who have shaped—and continue to shape—our world.

 

Jazz Jennings

Jazz Jennings is an author and advocate for LGBTQ people. In 2016, at only 16 years old, she published her memoir, Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen, now read in many schools across the country.

 

You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer!

You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer! is a book written by Shana Corey and published in 2000. 

 

Welfare is a Women's Issue

″Welfare is a Women's Issue″ is an essay written by Johnnie Tillmon for Ms. Magazine, a prominent feminist publication, in 1972. 

 


 

February 26, 2018 - Youth Activism and Stoneman Douglas High School

The February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and the subsequent swell of student activism have focused our national discussion on mass shootings and school safety. This edition of The Moment explores three ways educators can join this important conversation: approaching the topic of mental health with students, getting involved (directly and indirectly) in the growing movement, and honoring the history of young change makers.

 

Discussing "The Mental Health Issue" After Parkland

When talking with students about mass shootings, you can't avoid addressing mental health. This TT staffer offers recommendations for ways you can talk about mental health with your students—without adding to the stigma already in place.

 

Walkouts, Marches and the Desire to 'Do Something': What You Need to Know About Stoneman Douglas Activism

After the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, courageous survivors have inspired a groundswell of activism and advocacy. Here's what you need to know—and what you can do, no matter your situation.

 

From Birmingham to Parkland: Celebrate the Power of Young Voices

The young activists who emerged from the Parkland, Florida, school shooting offer educators a tremendous opportunity to celebrate the power of youth activism—past and present.

 


 

February 15, 2018 - Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting

We wish it weren't necessary to share these resources again. If you’re struggling with what to say to your students about the devastating attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, these resources can help. And if you or your students are taking action to prevent gun violence, we’d like to hear about it. Email us at editor@tolerance.org.

 

When Bad Things Happen

Help kids navigate our sometimes-violent world.

 

Showing Up Strong for Yourself—and Your Students—in the Aftermath of Violence

As an educator, you’re likely prioritizing your students to help them cope with the latest act of deadly violence. It’s important to take care of yourself, too.

 

Responding to Trauma in Your Classroom

Spot signs of trauma, and learn how you can help.

 


 

February 1, 2018 - Black History Month & Teaching Hard History

Black history is American history—and it should be taught year round. But Black History Month offers a great opportunity to focus attention on the history and contributions of African Americans. This edition of The Moment features a few of our favorite black history resources: the text "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" (the "Black National Anthem"), our new materials on effectively teaching about American slavery and our article about one teacher’s commitment to “mining the jewel" of February each year.

 

The Courage to Teach Hard History

The central role that slavery played in the development of the United States is beyond dispute. Yet, the practices of teaching and learning about this fact remain woefully inadequate. Professor Hasan Kwame Jeffries introduces Teaching Tolerance's new project, which can help change that.

 

Mining the Jewel of Black History Month

Planning for Black History Month can be authentic without falling into the pitfalls of the “heroes and holidays.” Look for ways to involve the entire school community and teach about the history and experiences of African Americans across the curriculum and throughout the year.

 

Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing

“Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing” is a hymn originally written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson in 1899. The accompanying music was written by John Rosamond Johnson. This hymn is often known as the “Negro National Anthem” or the “Black National Anthem.” 

 


 

January 22, 2018 - Teaching Tolerance Magazine Issue 58

The Spring issue of Teaching Tolerance magazine is here! This edition of The Moment features our cover story, which offers a preview of our newest initiative, Teaching Hard History: American Slavery. It also features stories on culturally responsive school gardens and the results of a national survey on teacher bullying of students.

 

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.

 

Statistically Speaking

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

 

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.

 


 

January 18, 2018 - School Climate 2018

Last year, we reported on the effect of the 2016 election on U.S. schools. Our survey results indicated that feelings of fear and mistrust—and incidents of bias and bigotry—were on the rise. One year later, we're asking: What has changed? This edition of The Moment features snapshots from schools around the country, as well as a call to answer our updated survey so we can get a true national picture of the effect of current events on students, educators and school climate.

 

We Want to Hear From You: How Have Current Events Affected Your School?

One year ago, Teaching Tolerance observed a sea change in school climate as a result of contemporary events. In 2018, we’re continuing the work—and asking once again for your help.

 

The Election, One Year Later: Stories From Anthropologists of Education

In the fall of 2016 and spring of 2017, these four anthropologists observed how students and educators responded to the presidential election. This winter, they followed up to see what had changed in the last year.

 

Hate at School: December 2017

Last month, we tracked 37 school-based episodes of hate in 21 states.

 


 

January 9, 2018 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is an opportunity to tell a nuanced story about a complicated man and movement. This edition of The Moment includes two articles that can help you teach MLK’s legacy with the complexity it deserves—even to young students. We’ve also included a sneak preview from the Spring issue of Teaching Tolerance magazine: our One World poster featuring a quote from King’s “Letter From a Birmingham Jail.”

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Download and post this inspiring quote in your classroom.

 

From MLK to #BlackLivesMatter: A Throughline for Young Students

When it comes to making civil rights movements of the past accessible for young students, the connections to the present are right in front of us.

 

Do's and Don'ts of Celebrating MLK Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an ideal time to reflect on the life and legacy of this great leader, but it's important to do it with care and nuance—and to keep the conversation going beyond January 15.

 


 

January 2, 2018 - Hitting the Reset Button

Did you set New Year's resolutions for your classroom? This edition of The Moment can help you "hit the reset button" after winter break. Whether it's revamping your classroom management strategy or taking a more responsive approach to discipline, these resources can help you start off your spring semester on the right foot.

 

Hitting Reset

What if you could start the school year over again? What would you change?

 

Reframing Classroom Management

The new year is a great time to think about a fresh approach to classroom discipline. Our new toolkit can help you consider four shifts.

 

Code of Conduct

This guide can be used to prompt individual self-reflection or to kick-start conversations among colleagues about beliefs and practices related to student misbehavior.

 


 

December 18, 2017 - Best of 2017

As we look ahead to the new year, we're also taking a moment to look back at some 2017 highlights and a sampling of reader favorites from the last 12 months.

 

The Best of 2017

Check out TT’s can’t-miss stories and PD resources from 2017!

 

Presenting Teaching Tolerance's Digital Literacy Framework

The need for digital literacy is acute and vital in today’s world. Our new initiative can help prepare students to navigate this world.

 

A Look Back at This Year’s TT Educator Grants

We’re proud of the projects we’ve helped support this year. Read all about them and get inspired—and apply for your own grant!

 


 

December 11, 2017 - Teacher Self-Care

The countdown to winter break can leave many educators facing fatigue and even burnout. These TT resources address burnout from several different angles and offer concrete suggestions for how to get stronger, more centered and ready for the remainder of the school year.

 

Teachers Supporting Teachers

This teacher offers suggestions for how to better support our colleagues and create a more just and welcoming environment across the entire school.

 

“I thought about quitting today …”

Teachers need resilience too.

 

Burnout Blues

Burning brightly or burning out? Maintain your pep and bypass burnout with these tips.

 


 

December 4, 2017 - Sexual Assault

The current news cycle has put sexual assault and harassment directly in the national spotlight. Educators are facing tough questions, even as they look for answers themselves. This edition of The Moment offers insight into how to respond if a student discloses abuse, suggestions for how to improve school policies related to sexual harassment, and a round-up of other useful resources.

 

Policy Checkup: Addressing and Preventing Sexual Assault in Schools

Educators can use the #metoo movement as an opportunity to make sure their schools have policies in place to protect students and staff from sexual assault and harassment. Here’s how.

 

What If My Student Discloses a Sexual Assault?

This guidance from experts at the National Association of School Psychologists can help educators respond if a student discloses abuse or assault.

 

Resources for Addressing Sexual Assault and Harassment in Class

Start a conversation about sexual harassment and assault—or respond effectively when your students do—with these resources from the TT archives.

 


 

November 27, 2017 - The December Holidays

The December holidays can present challenges for educators who want to provide a festive—but also equitable—classroom environment. These resources can help you acknowledge the season without alienating students based on their faith or family income.

 

Rethinking Poverty and Casual Conversations

What "little" things do you do that might marginalize your students in poverty?

 

Avoiding the Holiday 'Balance Traps'

Many educators believe they are offering a balance when it comes to acknowledging holidays, but Christmas continues to receive the greatest emphasis. This excerpt from 'Celebrate!: An Anti-Bias Guide to Enjoying Holidays in Early Childhood Programs' can help you avoid this and other equity pitfalls.

 

Analyzing the School Holiday Calendar

These activities ask students to engage with the question of what an equitable school calendar looks like and how to make their own school calendar more inclusive.

 


 

November 20, 2017 - Native American History

When it comes to American Indian history and culture, many textbooks are light on relevant content. Learn about a new Smithsonian program and state initiatives designed to support robust, accurate teaching about Native history and contemporary American Indian issues.

 

Q&A: Native Knowledge 360°

The same limited stories about American Indians persist in textbooks. The National Museum of the American Indian’s new program is looking to change that.

 

Rewriting History—for the Better

More states are including American Indians in their mainstream curricula.

 

Teaching Thanksgiving in a Socially Responsible Way

Educators have an ethical obligation to teach accurately about Thanksgiving. Here are some online resources that can help.

 


 

November 6, 2017 - Digital Literacy Launch!

We know young people need both the digital and civic skills to navigate the internet today. That’s why we’re excited to announce our new Digital Literacy Framework and its accompanying resources, including K–12 lessons and professional development tools!

 

Presenting Teaching Tolerance's Digital Literacy Framework

The need for digital literacy is acute and vital in today’s world. Our new initiative can help prepare students to navigate this world.

 

How Does Fake News Become News?

Filter bubbles? Signal boosters? Watch our short video on how these phenomena can drive the news cycle away from the truth.

 

Social Media for Social Action

This lesson will engage students in the debate about the efficacy of social media as a tool for social change.

 


 

November 1, 2017 - The Teaching Tolerance Awards

The application for the 2018 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching is now open! Find out how to apply or how to nominate someone for the award—and read about what winning the award has meant to past recipients.

 

Now Accepting Applications and Nominations for the Teaching Tolerance Award!

Are you an exemplary K–12 classroom teacher who prioritizes equity and social justice? Do you know someone who is? We want to hear from you!

 

And the Winners Are...

Meet the recipients of the 2016 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching.

 

How the Teaching Tolerance Award Expanded My Teaching Family

Learn from 2016 TT Award winner Cody Miller about how the award influences professional practice.

 


 

October 15, 2017 - National Mix It Up at Lunch Day

National Mix It Up at Lunch Day is almost here! You still have time to plan a fun event—and there's always time to use Mix activities to improve your school climate year round.

 

Getting Started With Mix It Up

While pulling off a successful Mix It Up event takes a good deal of coordination, you don't have to reinvent the wheel! We've collected the best practices, approaches and planning details all in one place.

 

Before You Mix It Up...

How can you prepare students for Mix It Up at Lunch Day? We’ve got a collection of classroom activities to help you do just that.

 

During and After Mix It Up

The most important thing to remember about Mix It Up at Lunch Day is that there's no one right way to do it. Use these activities to inspire your planning for the day itself—and beyond.

 


 

October 1, 2017 - Las Vegas Shooting

With the deadly shooting in Las Vegas on October 1, we know you may be struggling with what to say to your students. These resources can help you support them—and yourself.

 

When Bad Things Happen

Help kids navigate our sometimes-violent world.

 

Showing Up Strong for Yourself—and Your Students—in the Aftermath of Violence

As an educator, you're likely prioritizing your students to help them cope with the latest act of deadly violence. It's important to take care of yourself, too.

 

Responding to Trauma in Your Classroom

Spot signs of trauma and learn how you can help.

 


 

Sep 25, 2017 - #TakeAKnee

Kneeling during the national anthem has reentered the spotlight, and you can bet your students are talking about it. These articles can help you guide the discussion.

 

Discussing #TakeAKnee in Class

With the spotlight once again on the act of kneeling during the national anthem, students will bring this conversation to the classroom. Here’s how to guide that discussion.

 

Athletes, Protest and Patriotism

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” has provoked a national conversation about athletes, protest and patriotism. Teaching for Change situates this protest in an important historical context.

 

‘Part-Time Indian’ and Colin Kaepernick

This TT Award winner will extend his usual coverage of the Sherman Alexie classic to address how dominant cultural narratives reinforce who is considered American—and who isn’t.

 


 

Sep 13, 2017 - Fall 2017 Magazine Spotlight

The Fall issue of Teaching Tolerance magazine is here! From the cover feature on recognizing and combating the “alt-right” in school to our inspiring One World poster with words from Fred Rogers, this issue offers a wealth of timely, practical resources for educators.

 

What Is the "Alt-Right"?

White nationalism has come out of the basement and entered the mainstream. Would you recognize it if it came to your classroom?

 

Speaking of Digital Literacy…

Understanding how the brain processes information can help students unravel the origins of fake news and other mysteries of the internet.

 

Teaching From the Bulls-eye

How to protect your school—and your students—from hateful harassment.

 


 

Sep 6, 2017 - DACA

The White House and Justice Department this week announced plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. How will this decision affect your students, their families and even your colleagues? Learn more about how you can take action to defend DACA, and browse classroom resources on debunking common immigration myths.

 

DACA Decision Puts DREAMers Back in Limbo

Today, the White House and Justice Department potentially closed a door on some of the United States’ most vital and courageous individuals. As educators, this is not an issue we can ignore.

 

Ten Myths About Immigration

Debunk the misinformation students bring to school—and help them think for themselves.

 

Immigration Myths

In this lesson, students will deconstruct common myths about immigrants and the process of immigration in the United States. They will also have an opportunity to share their knowledge with the greater community.

 


 

August 29, 2017 - Little Rock, Arkansas Anniversary

 

Little Rock 60 Years Later

Looking back and looking ahead at the struggle to end segregated education.

 

Little Rock Helps Students Connect With History

The anniversary of the integration of Little Rock’s public schools gives us the opportunity to reexamine the long-term, societal impact of the Supreme Court’s 1954 'Brown v. Board of Education' decision.

 

Burning ‘Brown’ to the Ground

Carol Anderson explains how, in many Southern states, Brown v. Board of Education fueled decades of resistance to school integration.

 


 

August 14, 2017 - Charlottesville Spotlight

 

What Is the “Alt-Right”?

White nationalism has come out of the basement and entered the mainstream. Would you recognize it if it came to your classroom?

 

SPLC on Campus Guide

How can college students respond when white nationalists show up on campus? This guide offers answers.

 

Hate in the Hallways

Recognizing the history of defamatory symbols can help schools see fewer of them. 

 


 

Early August, 2017 - Back to School

 

Mix It Up From the Beginning

Mix It Up at Lunch isn't just a day; it's a state of mind. Back-to-school season is the perfect time to begin preparing your students to Mix It Up and to keep the Mix spirit going all year.

 

I Start the Year With Nothing

When students make the rules, classroom community soars.

 

Tips for the Back-to-School Season

Hold onto this advice from the TT Advisory Board during this critical time of year.