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Diversity

Find resources to help build an inclusive school community for students from different cultural, socioeconomic, and linguistic backgrounds and for children with unique instructional needs.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Talking About Race and Stereotypes

The most important conversations are often also the most difficult to have! Learn how to start a constructive dialogue about race in your classroom with these tips and tricks.

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3 Strategies for Authentic Race, Class, and Gender Discussions

When discussing potentially divisive issues, create an environment that supports agreement, guide the conversation with thoughtful questions, and actively listen to what others say.

Is Lecturing Culturally Biased?

Studies suggest that replacing the lecture-hall model with an active learning model can help close the achievement gap between students of different cultural backgrounds.

Preparing for Diversity: Resources for Teachers

How can teachers prepare for diverse classrooms? There isn't a definitive answer, but there is a wealth of resources online. Here, blogger Matt Davis rounds up some helpful links for teachers.

Silence is Not Golden: Speaking Up and Coming Out as a Teacher

Recalling his reaction to student hate messages, guest blogger Chris Friend considers how he could have reframed the incident as a teachable moment, and how 'coming out' can be a valuable model for identity issues.

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Celebrating Your School's Cultural Diversity

To plan and manage a vibrant Culture Night, anchor the ideas in social studies curriculum, involve the community, and make sure there's food!

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Creating an Identity-Safe Classroom

Identity-safe classrooms foster belonging and value for students of all backgrounds. Because social identity affects students' experiences, identity-safe teaching can help students become successful learners.

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Tool or Weapon? Addressing Cyberhate in the Classroom

Classroom strategies to fight cyberhate include not supporting or reinforcing it, reporting it, supporting the targets, speaking out against hate, and engaging in activism.

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Resources to Fight Bullying and Harassment at School

Discover websites, organizations, articles, planning guides, lesson plans, and other resources dedicated to preventing bullying and harassment.

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Pronouns and Bathrooms: Supporting Transgender Students

We can recognize transgender and gender-nonconforming students when we change their names on class rosters, designate gender-neutral restrooms, and support them in their chosen identity.

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5 Ways to Stop Bullying and Move into Action

Becki Cohn-Vargas, Director of Not In Our School, presents five ways to empower and motivate young people to turn a climate of bullying into one of safety and acceptance.

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5 Ways to Address White Male Stereotypes

Racial and gender-based entitlement is constructed and perpetuated by popular media and consumed on a daily basis by children and young adults.

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Is Your School Asking the Right Questions About Poverty?

Leading underachieving students in poverty to success involves asking the right questions, finding the leverage points, deploying resources effectively, optimizing time, and sharing data effectively.

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How Do We Talk About Poverty in Schools?

Poverty affects students' state of mind, and educators must be sensitive of the terms commonly used when discussing children and families living in poverty.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Talking About Race and Stereotypes

The most important conversations are often also the most difficult to have! Learn how to start a constructive dialogue about race in your classroom with these tips and tricks.

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Shifting Mental Models in Educators

When we recognize a mental model surfacing that doesn't seem to be of service, either in ourselves or in another, here are some approaches for shifting it.

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Silence is Not Golden: Speaking Up and Coming Out as a Teacher

Recalling his reaction to student hate messages, guest blogger Chris Friend considers how he could have reframed the incident as a teachable moment, and how 'coming out' can be a valuable model for identity issues.

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Is Lecturing Culturally Biased?

Studies suggest that replacing the lecture-hall model with an active learning model can help close the achievement gap between students of different cultural backgrounds.

6 3,504 16,584 views
The basketball court is filled with elementary school kids standing next to each other, filling the whole court, with their hands on their heads.
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Celebrating Your School's Cultural Diversity

To plan and manage a vibrant Culture Night, anchor the ideas in social studies curriculum, involve the community, and make sure there's food!

4 3,849 15,478 views

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