Teachers not only need to understand how to choose the right issues and create an open and fair climate for discussion; they also need to learn about themselves and their identities when leading discussions in racially pluralistic classrooms. Knowing their own biases and ways they react to certain topics and remarks will help to modulate how they react to students’ remarks and turn their concerns into productive conversations. Educators interested in honing their intergroup dialogue facilitation skills can access a free comprehensive guide from the Public Conversation Project and a tip sheet (“Managing Hot Moments in the Classroom”) from the Harvard DerekBok Center for Teaching and Learning.
In 2013 the Tunnel to Towers Foundation launched its 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit, a tribute to all those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, including the 343 members of the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY) who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Every year the Youth Free Expression Program (YFEP) invites young filmmakers to create a short film on a contemporary First Amendment issue. This year the topic for the Youth Free Expression Film Contest is BODY LANGUAGE: Uncensored Pride.
This summer, educators can join other teachers from around the country and constitutional scholars from across the philosophical spectrum for virtual summer educator programs with the National Constitution Center.