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Social Justice and Equity Teaching Resources

When it comes to teaching for social justice, it’s not simply teaching about social justice movements of the past. It’s about using your instruction to help students understand and leverage their own power for social change. Find resources for incorporating social justice and equity into your classroom below. For more justice and equity information, visit our Together for Justice page.

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    • Current events

      Current events

      Teachable Moments Current Issues Lessons |Grades: K-12 Teachable Moment, a project of Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, fosters social responsibility by sharing classroom lessons, activities, and ideas with educators. 

      The Lowdown: Connecting Newsroom to Classroom | Grades: K-12 KQED offers lesson plans, videos, maps, infographics, and more to help teachers bring the current events into their classroom. 

      Newsela | Grades: 2-12 Newsela provides teachers, parents, and students with over 1,000 current event articles scaled at five different Lexile reading comprehension levels. 

      Listenwise: Current Events Podcasts for the Classroom | Grades: 5-12 Listenwise’s collection of podcasts and public radio keeps teaching connected to the real world and builds student listening skills at the same time 

      CNN 10 (Formerly CNN Student News)| Grades: 6-12 CNN 10 s is a ten-minute, commercial-free, daily news program designed for middle and high school classes. 

      New York Times The Learning Network: Current Events | Grades: 6-12 NYT Learning Network’s spotlight on articles, activities, and questions you can use to bring current events into your classroom. 

      Teaching the News (Economic Lessons) Newsela | Grades: 9-12 The Council for Economic Education provides resources to put economic lessons in real-life perspective and help educate your students on how to critically engage with current events. 

    • Race

      Race

      Teaching Tolerance: Race and Ethnicity | Grades: K-12 Access more than 80 classroom lessons and activities on the topics of race and ethnicity from Teaching Tolerance. 

      ADL Lesson Plans: Race & Racism | Grades: K-12 The Anti-Defamation League features lesson plans and activities for elementary, middle, and high school students on topics relating to racism and bias. 

      Five Minute Film Festival on Race & Stereotypes | Grades: K-12 A collection of film clips (compiled by Edutopia) to start conversations about race and stereotypes. 

      Teaching for Change | Grades: K-12 A collection of social justice teaching resources, including recommended articles, readings, and films on topics like anti-bias education, Civil Rights, music, and Haiti. 

      Zinn Education Project | Grades: K-12 Drawn from A People’s History of the United States, this site offers a collection of history lessons and materials searchable by theme, time period, and grade. Themes include lessons relating to African-American, Asian-American, Latino, and Native American experiences.  

      Partners Against Hate |Grades: 6-8 Middle school lessons on building community and combating hate. 

      Black Lives Matter at School | Grades K-12 A resource guide of downloadable lessons to challenge racism, oppression and build a healthy classroom.

    • Sexuality & Gender

      Sexuality & Gender

      Sexuality & Gender
      GLSEN: LGBT-Inclusive Curriculum | Grades: K-12 This curriculum is designed to help teachers ensure LGBT students see themselves reflected in lessons and encourage respectful behavior and critical thinking. 

      Teaching Tolerance: Gender Expression | Grades: K-12 Access lesson plans and activities on gender expression from Teaching Tolerance. 

      Teaching Tolerance: Sexual Orientation | Grades: K-12 Access lesson plans and activities on sexual orientation from Teaching Tolerance.  

    • Immigration

      Immigration

      Immigration 
      Teaching Tolerance: Immigration | Grades: K-12 Teaching Tolerance offers lesson plans and activities on immigration for students. 

      Facing History: Global Immigration | Grades: K-12 Issues of identity and belonging are inseparable from the experience of immigration. This collection of classroom resources includes stories of immigrants, past and present, illuminating the human lives behind the ever-shifting global landscape we inhabit today. 

      PBS LearningMedia: Immigration | Grades: K-12 PBS LearningMedia offers teachers more than 100,000 videos, images, interactives, lesson plans, and articles drawn from critically acclaimed PBS programs such as Nova, Frontline, American Experience, and Sid the Science Kid and from expert content contributors like The National Archives and NASA. 

      Scholastic Resources: Immigration | Grades: K-12 Browse more than 350 lesson plans and resources, divided by grade level, teachers can use to engage students on the topic of immigration. 

      Coming to America: Immigration Builds a Nation | Grades: K-12 This list of resources, compiled by Education World is designed to introduce students to the two major waves of immigration that brought 34 million people to US shores. 

      Library of Congress’s Lesson Plans on Immigration | Grades: 3-12 The Library of Congress presents a series of lesson plans, created by teachers for teachers, to explore immigration. 

      PBS’s The New Americans Lesson Plans | Grades: 7-12 Lesson plans aligned with national academic performance standards, give students hands-on opportunities to grasp the essence of immigration to the United States, from analyzing factual data to conducting oral histories of first or second-generation immigrants. 

    • Poverty

      Poverty

      United Nations Global Goals: No Poverty | Grades: K-12 Access lesson plans, posters, and other resources aligned with the UN Global Goal of ‘No Poverty.’ 

      Center Stage: Focus on Poverty | Grades: 6-8 Students will be engaged in reflections of stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination related to socio-economic status. From a cognitive and affective perspective, students will be involved with activities to assist them in developing sensitivity to working in direct service projects with individuals who are impoverished or disadvantaged in their socio-economic standing. 

    • Ability

      Ability

      Friends Who Care: Disability Awareness Curriculum | Grades: K-6 This educational program gives students the opportunity to learn what is involved when someone has a disability and how they adapt to live life, go to school, or work as independently as possible.  

      Teaching Tolerance: Understanding Disabilities | Grades: K-12 Access this collection of lesson plans and activities compiled by Teaching Tolerance to help integrate disability awareness into your classroom. 

      Student’s Corner: Organization for Autism Research | Grades: K-12 Access stories, videos, and volunteering ideas related to students on the autism spectrum. 

      Disability Awareness Activity Packet | Grades: K-12 This booklet gives educators some ideas for helping students in the classroom understand different types of disabilities. 

      Disability History Posters [Smithsonian] | Grades: K-12 Download free posters in English and Spanish relating to the Smithsonian exhibit “EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America.” 

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