Teaching Tolerance Magazine

Issue 53, Summer 2016


Anatomy of an Ally

The Summer issue of Teaching Tolerance is full of stories we hope will inspire you, not to do more, but to build on the equity and inclusion work you’re already doing.

Our cover story looks at what it takes to move beyond being a caring teacher to become a teacher ally for vulnerable students. Other stories describe best practices for supporting undocumented youth, children with autism, LGBT students and students who do not fit gender binaries.

You may be “up to here” with doing more, but small changes can go a long way toward letting all your students know: You’ve got their backs. And this issue has yours.

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Reel Life

Make the foreign familiar with films from around the globe.

The New Sex Ed

A more inclusive model is gaining popularity. Is it coming to your school? Could it?

Ask Angy

Meet the woman who gives hope to the young, gifted and undocumented.

Online Exclusive! "Becoming Joey"

How can a student begin the walk to school with one name and arrive with another? Hear the story of "Becoming Joey," a poem by Paul Gorski, read by Gabriela Bovea.



A Message From Our Director

Teaching Tolerance director Maureen Costello advises educators not to shy away from teaching this election.
Letters to the Editor

You Spoke, We Listened

Reader reactions: your responses to Islamophobia, native voices and Kid President.
Ask Learning for Justice

Advice From the Experts

TT answers your tough questions. This time, we discuss “colorism” and helping schools in crisis.
Why I Teach

That Magic Moment

When her third-grade students hit a research obstacle, Syrita Jackson made the call—literally—to teach a point about perseverance.
Staff Picks

What We're Reading

Our book reviews can help you keep your practice fresh and informed.
Staff Picks

What We're Watching

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

Jazz Jennings

Jazz Jennings is an author and advocate for LGBTQ people. In 2016, at only 16 years old, she published her memoir, Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen, now read in many schools across the country.
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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