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Teaching Tolerance Anti-Bullying Kit includes a documentary film that chronicles one student’s ordeal at the hands of anti-gay bullies, and a viewing guide with lesson plans and activities for classrooms and staff development. It offers an inspiring message of hope to those fighting harassment today. It makes an excellent cornerstone of anti-bullying efforts in middle and high schools. The kit is available free from

A free workshop kit–Suicide Prevention among LGBT Youth: A Workshop for Professionals Who Serve Youth is available to help staff in schools, youth-serving organizations, and suicide prevention programs take action to reduce suicidal behavior among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. The kit contains everything you need to host a workshop: a Leader’s Guide, sample agenda, PowerPoint presentations, sample script, and handouts. The workshop includes lecture, small group exercises, and group discussion. All these can be adapted to meet the needs of your audiences. Topics covered include suicidal behavior among LGBT youth, risk and protective factors for suicidal behavior, strategies to reduce the risk, and ways to increase school or agency cultural competence.  Visi the Suicide Prevention Resource Center site:

The premier international organization for multicultural education, bridging higher education, preK-12, cultural centers, museums, grass roots organizations, community activists, corporate trainers, and anyone doing multicultural work. Website has extensive resources, and links to other sources, including the Equity Assistance Centers for K-12 schools and the Multicultural Supersite. NAME is also organized into local and regional affiliates for effective local networking.

  • National Conference for Community and Justice:

Formally the National Conference of Christians and Jews, this organization provides resources, training, and programs to foster understanding and greater respect for interfaith and multicultural diversity in our communities. Provides teacher and student leadership training. Organized in local and regional affiliates.

  • Association for Gender Equity Leadership in Education:

This professional and advocacy non profit organization is the first organization for gender equity specialists and educators interested in providing gender-fair, bias free education. This national network of people dedicated to reducing gender stereotypes about men and women, and promoting expanded opportunities is a key resource for educational institutions, community organizations and policy makers.

  • Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith:

One of the oldest social justice organizations, working to fight prejudice, hate crimes, and build communities. Offers many resources, videos, speakers, curriculum guides, and training programs for educators and community leaders. Organized in local/regional offices. High quality, multimedia curricular materials on topics like the Holocaust, immigration, religious diversity, prejudice, etc. Contact website for local resources.

The K-12 arm of the Southern Poverty Law Center, they provide teachers with 2 beautiful, idea-rich free magazines a year, Teaching Tolerance.  Also offers video kits, free to schools on such topics as the history of the civil rights movement, early childhood anti-bias teaching strategies, and other resources.

  • Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee:

ADC’ combats defamation, stereotyping and bias in films, television and news reporting. ADC spokespersons are internationally recognized voices for the Arab-American community. Website includes resources and lesson plans to help teachers fight anti-Arab stereotypes and prejudice.

  • The Birmingham Pledge:

People from all over the world (including every continent except Antarctica) have signed this personal renunciation of racism, including President Bill Clinton and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The Pledge is intended to help those who sign it focus on, and practice a non-racist philosophy. The pledge has been useful to schools and communities as a starting point for personal commitment and action.

This clearinghouse and dissemination site is a rich resource of materials for equity and multicultural teaching. Most materials are in print form, and are for purchase, but the breadth and quality of the resources available are well worth the investment. Includes materials of the Oakland Men’s Project and others listed here.

The Gay/Lesbian/Straight Education Network is the leading advocacy organization fighting anti-gay and homophobia in K-12 schools. GLSEN works to develop school climates where difference is valued through educational programs for students, teachers, parents, community members. Organized with regional and local offices.

PFLAG (The Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, their families and friends through: support. Their mission includes helping people cope with an adverse society; education to enlighten the public; and advocacy to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

An often neglected aspect of school safety that continues to be a serious problem in the nation’s schools is sexual harassment. As recently as 2001, 80 percent of students said they experienced sexual harassment in school, with troubling consequences. This downloadable resource reflects dozens of collective years of work that experts have conducted on the issue.

  • National Network for Folk Arts in Education

CARTS is a project of City Lore, a cultural organization whose mission is to document, preserve and present the living cultural heritage of New York and other cities. As a group of folklorists, writers, anthropologists, historians artists, and educators, we have found that acknowledging and linking the various places where learning occurs—home, community, and classroom—exponentially increases analytic skills, cultural understanding, and literacy for students.

Native Village was created as an educational and current events resource for Native youth, teens, families, educators, and friends. They publish two weekly news editions: Native Village Drum and Native Village Youth and Education News. Each issue shares Indian news from across the Americas. Native Village libraries house links to quality learning opportunities and websites to help you stay current with Americas’ First Nations and People.

    • PeaceCorps/World Wise Schools Project

    This educational initiative have developed and disseminated excellent interactive curriculum materials for teachers grade 3 through high school. The materials are intended to help students gain a multicultural perspective about the world, themselves and others. It encourages global connections, cultural awareness, and encourages service. Teacher guides, videotapes, and a wide array of curriculum resources are available, including contact information to a speakers bureau of returning Peace Corps volunteers. Major components include “Insights from the Field: Understanding Geography, Culture and Service”, “Culture Matters: the Peace Corps Cross-Cultural Workbook”, “Voices from the Field: Reading and Writing about the World, Ourselves, and Others”, and “Looking at Ourselves and Others”.

    • No Name-Calling Week

    More than 30 educational organizations have joined the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) to address name-calling and verbal bullying in American Schools. The first-ever No Name-Calling Week in March 1-5, 2004 schools serving grades 5-8 will take part in a week of educational activities aimed at stopping name-calling and verbal bullying. The project seeks to focus national attention on the problem of name-calling in schools, and to provide students and educators with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate name-calling in their communities.

    • Media Rights:

    This community web site, helps media makers, educators, nonprofits, and activists use documentaries to encourage action and inspire dialogue on contemporary social issues.