Teaching Tolerance Magazine

Issue 50, Summer 2015


Sex? Sexual Orientation? Gender Identity? Gender Expression?

When a student who “looks like a boy” chooses to wear dresses and skirts. When a hard-of-hearing student seems to be doing well in a mainstream classroom but fails her tests. When a colleague repeatedly humiliates another and no one says anything.

This issue of Teaching Tolerance addresses these and other instances when educators need to pause, forego their assumptions and look closer at the needs of the people who surround them in their work. Don't miss the cover story—a closer look at the language of gender and sexual identity, including an downloadable classroom-friendly poster.

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Race ≠ DNA

If race is a social construct, what’s up with DNA ancestry testing?

Making Space

Affinity groups offer a platform for voices often relegated to the margins.

Clear Connection

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students can effectively miss class, even if they attend every day. Learn to spot this phenomenon and help reverse it.

Girls, Interrupted

The fastest-growing group of young people in the juvenile justice system is also the least talked about.

Name Changers

The names of Confederate and segregationist leaders label the landscape of the South. What are the consequences when these names belong to schools?

Under Attack

The bullying of teachers is slowly entering the national spotlight. How will your school respond?

Learning From the Inside

Educators working in locked facilities have a lot to offer—to their students and to their public-school colleagues.



A Message From Our Director

Teaching Tolerance director Maureen Costello asks: Do our schools allow students agency and security?
Letters to the Editor

You Spoke, We Listened

Readers had a lot to say about our Spring “storytelling” issue, the new film kit about Selma and much more.
Why I Teach

"Viva la Conexión"

Spanish teacher Tricia Kelly reflects on one of her favorite teaching days.
Down the Hall

"It’s Heart Work"

Behavioral specialist Miguel A. Salinas puts his heart into the school's toughest kids.
PD Café

Who's In Your Classroom?

PD Café offers professional development activities to complete alone or with colleagues.
Staff Picks

What We're Reading

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

What We're Watching

Dim the lights and get ready to learn with these TT-approved films!
One World

B.B. King

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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