Teaching Tolerance Magazine

Issue 49, Spring 2015


The Storytelling Issue

At Teaching Tolerance we talk a lot about making sure we really see our students—see their identities, observe their relationships with their family and community, pay attention to the signals they give us and look for ways to be responsive to their needs. The Spring 2015 issue includes features and strategies that focus not only on making sure our students are seen but also heard. We’ve dubbed it “the storytelling issue.”

Think of this issue as a treasure hunt: Why is Captain America wearing a turban? Who is the little girl in the princess costume? Is that John Lewis? The woman in the shawl looks like she’s seen some history. Who are these people, and what are their stories?

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Ferguson, U.S.A.

Hardships faced by communities in crisis are national issues worth teaching.

National Treasures

Help your students travel through time with primary sources from the Library of Congress.

A Hand to Hold

What do children need when personal tragedy enters the classroom?


Letters to the Editor

You Spoke, We Listened

Reader reactions: Your thoughts on being vulnerable, Roma, immigration and more.
Why I Teach

"Radical Optimism"

Being optimistic is more than a character trait for Chad Donohue—it's a guiding principle and a way of life.
Down the Hall

"A Place for Everyone"

Meet Becca Valdez, a media specialist whose library is a welcoming activity "hub" for the entire school.
PD Café

Lights! Camera! Learn!

Browse a menu of ideas that honor student identities, build intergroup awareness and support diverse learners.
Staff Picks

What We're Reading

Teaching Tolerance staff review the latest in culturally aware literature and resources, offering the best picks for professional development and teachers of all grades.
One World

John Lewis

Download and post this inspiring quote in your classroom.
A map of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi with overlaid images of key state symbols and of people in community

Learning for Justice in the South

When it comes to investing in racial justice in education, we believe that the South is the best place to start. If you’re an educator, parent or caregiver, or community member living and working in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana or Mississippi, we’ll mail you a free introductory package of our resources when you join our community and subscribe to our magazine.

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