• Civic Engagement

  • Mass Violence and Extremism by ADL

    Fears of extremism, radicalization and mass violence in our schools have unfortunately become all too common for educators and school administrators across the United States. Mass violence, defined as an attempt to kill multiple individuals, may or may not stem from extremism. This backgrounder by ADL delves into some of the causes and observable signs of student violence and extremism and provides a set of steps for schools to take that may aid in discouraging attacks. 

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  • 11 ways school can help students feel safe in challenging times

    Following the 2016 Presidential election, there have been alarming images and biased language in schools and universities: name-calling, hate-filled taunts, vandalism, racial slurs and epithets, offensive graffiti on desks and bathroom walls. In addition, many young people—especially those whose identities were targeted during the campaign—are fearful about their futures. Teachers have had to work overtime to console those students and provide resources to get help. Schools must be places where students feel safe, supported and respected, especially in these challenging times. Below are prevention, intervention and education strategies in order to promote inclusive school environments where young people can learn, thrive and become their best selves.

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  • Helping Students Counter Anti-Muslim Bias

    One way to combat Islamophobia is by listening to the stories and experiences of Muslims. Connecting with others can help us move beyond ignorance, fear, and stereotyping. It may also help move us to action and encourage us to stand up and push back on Islamophobia and the bullying, alienation, and marginalization that come with it. This lesson plan has two parts. In part one, students share their own experiences of bias or harassment, learn a few facts about Muslims, then hear and reflect on statements from young Muslims about the impact the 2016 election has had on their lives. 

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  • Sanctuary Cities and Non-Violent Resistance

    Throughout history, individuals, groups and movements have used non-violent resistance strategies to effect change. In response to the President-elect’s campaign promise to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, many localities and cities have reaffirmed their commitment to their sanctuary policies. The Immigrant Legal Resource Center estimates that more than 500 counties and cities have policies to protect undocumented residents from deportation. Sanctuary cities are an example of non-violent resistance in which people strive to make a statement about an issue, achieve social justice goals and inspire others. This lesson provides an opportunity for students to understand what non-violent resistance is and how it relates to issues in the news, reflect on the purpose and outcomes of non-violent resistance.

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  • TED Talk: Clint Smith, The Danger of Silence, video

    TED Talk: The Danger of Silence

    "We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don't," says poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.  4:18 minutes

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