Teaching Tolerance

Posted Aug. 6, 2019

Toni Morrison Was the Brave and Honest Storyteller of Our Vexed History

As a high school English teacher, I had the privilege of teaching Toni Morrison’s “Beloved,” a novel I’ve read and taught time and again, and…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted July 18, 2019

If You’re Still Wondering What Equity Means for Our Students, These 10 Edu-Tweeters Will Expand Your Thinking

My professional life changed the day I discovered the power of a well-considered Twitter feed. No longer stuck in the bubble of my school or…

By Michelle Cottrell-Williams

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Posted June 7, 2019
Anna Baldwin leaning on a bookshelf

I Knew It Was Time to Leave My Classroom. I Hope 20 Years Was Enough.

Every tough decision comes with some measure of remorse for what could have been. As I finish out my 20th and final year as a…

By Anna Baldwin

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Posted Dec. 6, 2018

How We Build a Pipeline of Teachers That Know How to Talk About Race and Social Justice

Nearly 60 years ago, our nation’s students watched as leaders of the civil rights movement pushed back against entrenched Jim Crow laws and re-defined American…

By Joanna Williams

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Posted Oct. 5, 2017

I’m Trying to Teach My Students That Mass Shootings Aren’t Normal, But It’s Getting Harder

At 7:30 Monday morning a faculty announcement rang out over the PA system. “Report to the cafeteria for an informational meeting.” When that particular, unplanned…

By Michelle Pearson

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Posted Aug. 25, 2017

Our President Is Wrong on Race and Our Kids Need to Hear Us Say It

I need to say it. You need to say it. Teachers need to say it. School leaders need to say it. We all need to…

By Justin Ohlemiller

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Posted June 8, 2017

The Big Gay Way to End the School Year

Happy Pride, y’all! June 1 marks the start of a month-long celebration of LGBT history and culture and of our extraordinary leaps forward in terms…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted Nov. 15, 2016

Remember When I Said Trump Wouldn’t Have a Bigly Effect on Our Schools? I Was Wrong.

Last Wednesday I went to my daughter’s school to celebrate her second-grade teacher’s recent wedding. But it was a hard day for celebrating. When we…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 14, 2016

After Dallas and Orlando, We Need Schools Like This That Teach Tolerance

Perceived bias is killing people. Dallas, Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, Orlando, Cleveland—and so many other places. Our public education system can play a central role…

By Marianne Lombardo

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Posted June 23, 2016

Invisible (Wo)man: How the Struggles of Black Girls in School Go Unnoticed

I recently sat with four colleagues during a school-based professional development session on diversity. There was a Jewish woman, a Mexican woman, a White man,…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Aug. 12, 2019

Teaching About Race Does Not Make You Un-American

“The Holocaust was an atrocity.” This was the example I gave my eighth graders as we were learning our words of the week. And with…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Aug. 12, 2019

Don’t Just Invite Black Men to School on the First Day, We Need Them All Year Long

A tradition for many schools that educate predominately Black children involves welcoming the children back with scores of Black men cheering them on as they…

By Rann Miller

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Posted Aug. 13, 2019

A Teacher’s First Year: The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful

Joining a new school community comes with a unique set of challenges. In addition to the difficulties inherent in any new school year, new teachers…

By Meghann Estrada

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