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Speak Up At School

August 5, 2014

Precept of the Day

The campaign against bigotry involves all of us. Each of our voices matters, and each is vital to creating inclusive schools—schools that embrace the great diversity of our nation.

So speak up. Don’t let hate have the last word.

Teaching Tolerance

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As educators we are continually striving for cultural awareness and socially responsible classrooms. My students just read  books or watched movies portraying diverse cultures. In our class we shared new ideas, asked questions, and committed to learning about all of our students.

There are excellent resources for teachers on Teaching Tolerance for both professional development and lesson ideas for working with students to prevent bias and bigotry.

The Speak Up At School pocket guide is an excellent resource for teachers and students to be ready to stand up to bias and bigotry. There are suggestions for ways to interrupt, question, educate, and echo others who speak up. Check out these resources:

Join us as we  Speak Up for all of our students.

We highly recommend the selections we read or watched to learn more about the diverse populations in our classrooms.

  • Antwone Fisher (2002). Fox Searchlight Pictures presents a Mundy Lane/Todd Black production, a Denzel Washington film ; produced by Todd Black, Randa Haines, Denzel Washington ; written by Antwone Fisher ; directed by Denzel Washington. [United States] 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
  • Bully (originally titled The Bully Project) [Motion Picture] (2011). The Weinstein Company. (Documentary film about bullying in U.S. schools. Directed by Lee Hirsch, the film follows the lives of five students who face bullying on a daily basis.)
  • Choi, Y. (2001). The name jar. New York: Dell Dragonfly Books. Ages 4-8.
  • Fleischman, P. (1997). Seedfolks. New York: HarperCollins. Ages 9-13.
  • Grimes, N. (2006). The road to Paris. New York: Penguin Group.
  • Recorvits, H. (2003). My name is Yoon. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Ages 4-8.
  • Satrapi, M. (2003). Persepolis: The story of a childhood. New York: Pantheon. Ages 15 and older.
  • Smith, C.L. (2002). Indian shoes. New York: HarperCollins. Ages 6-9.
  • Yang, G.L. (2006). American born Chinese. New York: First Second. Ages 13 and older.
  • Higashida, N.  The reason I jumpThe inner voice of a thirteen-year-old boy with autism (Translation) (2013). New York: Random House.
  • Sapphire. (1997). Push: a novel. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

For more multicultural literature check out resources at  The Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) is a unique examination, study and research library of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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