Teaching Tolerance Magazine

Issue 63, Fall 2019

Cover of the Fall 2019 issue of Teaching Tolerance magazine.

An increase in suicide rates among black children ages 5 to 12 points to a crisis, and the mental health of black youth is too often ignored. But educators are in key positions to make a difference. TT Staff Writer Coshandra Dillard explains how in this issue’s cover story, “Black Minds Matter.”

In this issue, you’ll also find stories about how educators around the country are committing themselves to protecting their students and working toward equity in their schools: a district in Florida that is standing against hate and for their LGBTQ students, a pair of teachers in Boston who are leading their colleagues in examining bias, and educators across the nation who are resisting proposals that would bring guns into classrooms. We also introduce the newest version of our Teaching Hard History resources and a brand-new program to uplift student voices: #USvsHate.

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In the face of bigotry, student voices and art can offer a welcoming antidote.

They Didn't Back Down

Florida educators were targeted for standing up for LGBTQ students. Here’s how they stood strong.

Authors of Their Own Stories

When these students wanted to see themselves in the books they read, their educators helped them do something about it.

Black Minds Matter

Interrupting school practices that disregard the mental health of Black youth.



A Message From Our Director

TT Director Maureen Costello encourages educators to “stand strong, find your allies and do what is brave”—like the educators featured in this issue.
Why I Teach

Believing Change Is Possible

Before Ayesha al-Shabazz could become a 7-year-old's superhero, she had to make a very human connection.
Down the Hall

Reimagining Texts

Teacher librarian Julia Torres helps students and educators alike reimagine the role of books.
Staff Picks

What We're Reading

Teaching Tolerance loves to read! Check out a few of our favorite books for diverse readers and educators.
Staff Picks

What We're Watching

Dim the lights and get ready to learn with these TT-approved films!
Story Corner

Songs of Zion

Mary loves Sunday mornings and the spirituals that give her, Mama and other enslaved people hope.
One World

Toni Morrison

"If you are free, you need to free somebody else."
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