Resources for K-12 Educators
At The Table
Connect with others, share information, and help build the worldwide movement for youth participation at this online clearinghouse featuring everything you need to know about effectively involving youth in your organization and community. Hosted by the Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development.
Artwork designed to foster dialogue about diversity issues. ?2003 by Elana Stanger. www.diversityarts.com
The CHOICES Program
The CHOICES Program at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies offers deliberation-focused supplemental curriculum units for U.S. History, World History and Global Studies. Choices units feature historical background, a role play centered on alternative policies, primary source materials, detailed lesson plans and study guides. Units are affordable. Units can be ordered online at www.choices.edu/curriculum.cfm or by calling 401-863-3155.
Community Change, Inc.
CCI is a Boston-based non-profit organization which serves as a Center for action and collaboration among individuals and multiracial grassroots groups in the fight to achieve racial justice and equity. CCI maintains a resource center which features an extensive Library on Racism. CCI's website lists the thousands of books, videos, audio tapes, and periodicals which are housed at the library. Books can be borrowed from the library and returned by mail.
The Community Relations Service of the U.S. Department of Justice
The Community Relations Service, which assists communities with crisis management and violence reduction, provides a variety of freely downloadable handbooks and other publications at www.usdoj.gov/crs/publist.html. A few examples: Twenty Plus Things Schools Can Do to Respond to or Prevent Hate Incidents Against Arab-Americans, Muslims, and Sikhs; School Disruptions: Tips for Educators and Police; and Preventing Youth Hate Crime, and Police and Urban Youth Relations: An Antidote to Racial Violence.
Educators for Social Responsibility
ESR's mission is to make teaching social responsibility a core practice in education so that young people develop the convictions and skills needed to shape a safe, sustainable, democratic, and just world. ESR's largest program, the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP) is a comprehensive, K-12 school-based program in conflict resolution and intergroup relations that provides a model for preventing violence and creating caring learning communities.
Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation, Inc.
Based in Brookline, Massachusetts and with branches in six U.S. cities, Facing History and Ourselves provides a range of resources (printed, network-based, speakers' bureaus, videotapes) to confront racism, prejudice and anti-Semitism in schools and the wider society.
IEA Civic Education Study
The study entitled ?Citizenship and Education in 28 Countries: Civic Knowledge and Engagement at Age Fourteen? explored what young people around the world think about democracy, what they know about how democratic institutions work, and to what extent they expect to get involved in civic activities once they are adults. The Int'l Assoc. for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (www.iea.nl) released the study.
Implicit Association Test
It is well known that people don't always speak their minds, and it is suspected that people don't always know their minds. Understanding such divergences is important to scientific psychology. This web site presents a method that demonstrates public-private and conscious-unconscious divergences much more convincingly than has been possible with previous methods. The University of Washington and Yale University's age, race, and gender IATs can be taken on-line at this site.
Mix It Up
Launched in November 2002, the Study Circles Resource Center and the Southern Poverty Law Center's ?Mix It Up? campaign helps young people identify, question and cross social boundaries in their schools and communities. Hundreds of thousands of students in thousands of schools have taken the challenge to sit with someone new during ?Mix It Up At Lunch Day.? Students and teachers are welcome to order the free ?Mix It Up? handbook, Reaching Across Boundaries: Talk to Create Change.
Designed and maintained by Paul Gorsky, this extensive website on multicultural education provides resources for educators, students, and activists to explore and discuss multicultural education. Includes a discussion board and email discussion forum on multicultural issues and education.
McGraw-Hill's Multicultural Supersite provides info and resources on multicultural education theory and practice for in-service teachers, pre-service teachers and teacher educators.
National Coalition of Education Activists (NCEA)
NCEA is a multiracial network of families, school staff, union and community activists, and others organizing for equity and fundamental changes in local school districts. Its purpose is to support activists in their efforts to develop, promote, and implement progressive school reforms, to provide a counter to the right, and to fight racism and other forms of institutional bias.
National Issues Forums
NIF provides a variety of discussion guides to help teachers and other group leaders facilitate deliberative discussions about children and family, criminal justice, education, energy and the environment, government and politics, and more. Download free discussion guides with such titles as ?Public Schools: Are They Making The Grade?? (1999) and ?Contested Values: Tug-Of-War In The School Yard? (1994).
The Peace and Justice Studies Association
PJSA is a non-profit organization that was formed in 2001 as a result of a merger of the Consortium on Peace research, Education and Development (COPRED) and the Peace Studies Association (PSA). Both organizations provided leadership in the broadly defined field of peace, conflict and justice studies. PJSA is dedicated to bringing together academics, K-12 teachers and grassroots activists to explore alternatives to violence and share visions and strategies for social justice and social change. PJSA also serves as a professional association for scholars in the field of peace and conflict resolution studies.
A publishing collective based in Milwaukee which produces the excellent Rethinking Schools newspaper and numerous in-depth analyses of educational issues from an anti-racist, social justice perspective.
Teaching for Change
Teaching for Change is a Washington, DC-based organization which promotes social and economic justice through public education. Teaching for Change provides a great online catalog with hundreds of multicultural, anti-racist books, videos, posters and other classroom resources.
Workable Peace is an innovative curriculum on history and conflict management for high school classes. It aims to help teenagers understand conflict and build negotiation and conflict management skills. The curriculum is developed by educators and conflict resolution practitioners at the Consensus Building Institute.