Tools and Training That Address Diversity and Bias
The Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) mission is to end discrimination and fight for equity for all people. As part of this mission, ADL offers resources for teachers to address wide-ranging issues that touch on the topics of diversity and bias, such as bigotry, net neutrality, DACA and immigration, and conversations about race in a mostly white classroom. Resources (all free) fall under the Education tab and include K–12 classroom lesson plans, family conversation guides, and antibias training and toolkits. Teachers can filter the list of resources by grade level and topic to find something appropriate for the age of their students. Teachers can also dig into the teaching tips and handouts in the Tools & Strategies section. Students who want to turn discussion into action can check out the Take Action section, which offers civic engagement opportunities, such as writing to Congress, petitioning, or filing hate report incidents. The resources are accessible in English and Spanish.
One of the most powerful moments in my 22 years of teaching occurred on the last day of the school year.
During the first week of school, my students in rural Pennsylvania played a game via Skype with a group of students in a rural Kenyan village. During that call, they learned of a bridge in the village so dangerous that many children were not able to go to school because of it. Over the course of the school year, the children in Kenya taught my students how to garden. In exchange, my students designed and fundraised to replace that bridge.
To help teachers and their students celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15), ¡Colorín Colorado! features free research-based information, resources, and tools for teaching English language learners (ELLs).
The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is offering a freesymposium broadcast on November 1, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (ET). Educators are invited to watch live on that day to hear experts discuss the need and explore how to transform education about Native Americans to inspire a more comprehensive vision of history and shared experiences.