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School leaders set the tone for their schools. Schools provide invaluable support for students, staff and families, especially in times of crisis. 

Useful Resources:

Managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting - tips for adults

Hate + guns = public health crisis. Statement by APA

#Youth Waging Peace: Youth led guide on prevention of violent extremism through education

Responding to Mass Shooting Incidents - ADL

Lessons to Teach and Learn from "Unite the Right" by ADL

Responding to Hate and Bias at School

100 Days to Inspire Respect

Engaging Students in Peaceful Dialogues about Conflict and Bias

Not In Our School Campaign

Stop Hate. Start the dialouge today

Preventing Violent Extremism

ADL Mass Violence & Extremism

American School Counselor Association

Teachers have the unique opportunity to promote a climate that is welcoming, socially supportive and just, caring, nurturing, and respectful for all. These sites linked have excellent resources on addressing violence and violence in age-appropriate ways:

Social Justice reading list

How to prevent online radicalization. Classroom activities

Responding to Mass Shooting Incidents_ADL

Table Talk: Family Conversations About Current Events ADL

Immigration and Family Separation at the Border

From Mourning to Action _ Teaching Tolerance

Talking to children about shootings: An age-by-age guide

How to talk to children about difficult news


But What About Antifa?

Lessons to Teach and Learn from "Unite the Right" by ADL

Teaching Tolerance

Responding to Mass Shooting Incidents - ADL

ADL Mass Violence & Extremism

ADL Discusses Anti-Semitism

ADL Discusses Anti-Muslim Bigotry
Handling Controversy in the Classroom
Policies on Guns in America

Should Hate Be Outlawed? A Simulation Activity on Penalty Enhancements for Hate Crime

A teacher's guide to the prevention of violent extremism

#Youth Waging Peace: Youth led guide on the prevention of violent extremism through education

Addressing antisemitism through education


You are your child’s role model. Visit these resources for having productive age-appropriate conversations about bias, prejudice, violence and current events.

Useful Resources:

Talking to teens about online hate

The Importance of Positive Emotional Communication Starting From Infancy

This is what happens when parents play video games with their kids

Table Talk: Family Conversations About Current Events ADL

Immigration and Family Separation at the Border

But What About Antifa?

Talking to children about shootings: An age-by-age guide

How to talk to children about difficult news

Responding to Mass Shooting Incidents - ADL
Parents Guide Beyond the Golden Rule

How Do I Respond to My Child's Bias?

Talking with your children about Islamophobia and hate-based violence

Empowering Young People in the Aftermath of Hate

Empoderar a los niños y jóvenes tras un evento de odio

Do's and Dont's of Talking to Kids of Color About White Supremacy
Discussing Hate- English

Hablar de Odio- Espanol

Facts for Families- Terrorism and War: How to Talk to Children


Affirming communities believe that all people have dignity and we, as caring people, appreciate our neighbors and celebrate the differences that make us all unique. We must ask ourselves, “What will happen to them if I do nothing?”  Refer to these resources on ways to affirm our communities.

Useful Resources: 

Having 'The Talk': Expert Guidance on Preparing Kids for Police Interactions

Teaching About Race, Racism and Police Violence 

Teaching about Racism, Violence, Inequaity and the Criminal Justice System

Talking to White Kids About Race & Racism 

AntiBias Study Guides ADL

The (Un)Making of an Extremist - Former extremists discuss how they rebuilt their lives after extremism and how would-be extremists could be encouraged to rejoin society.

Anti-Muslim Bigotry and How to be an Ally

MPAC Safe Space

After Orlando - 100 Resources


Thank you for wanting to take the conversation further. These booklists offer a wide selection of readings for children of all ages on a variety of important social justice topics. 


Social Justice book list

Teaching for Change book list


What we can’t control might frightens us. Anxiety and suspicion rose as the Coronavirus pandemic spread. Crises cause us to evaluate our humanity and our vulnerabilities. The resources offered here are for teachers, parents and students to support ourselves and each other during this time.




"What truly makes our country great is its diversity. I've seen that beauty in so many ways over the years. Whether we are born here or seek refuge here, there's a place for us all. We must remember it's not my America or your America. It's our America." Michelle Obama, 2019

In times of conflict, divisive rhetoric, and information overload, students benefit from opportunities for meaningful dialogue about the issues that we are facing today. Let’s Talk has articles and lesson plans on crises and conflicts, politics and government.


Talking Politics


Our Planet. Our Future. Act Now.

Out for Safe Schools

Out for Safe Schools - Calendar Resources

LGBT Resources

Building Community. Addressing Bias

Videos and Public Service Announcements

Voices of Religion, Culture & Ethnicity

Now Matters Later

Videos and Public Service Announcements

Principals Toolkit


Bullying Resources

  • Out for Safe Schools Campaign 2017

  • Bullying! We Stand Together

  • We Are One - Standing With Immigrant Families Campaign

  • Videos

    TedTalk: Danger of Silence 


    TedTalk: The Success of Nonviolent Civil Resistance


    TedTalks: Can a Divided America Heal


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