• Coronavirus & Xenophobia

    What we can’t control or understand 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.

    Please also visit School Mental Health for mental health resources and visit family resources.




Healing from COVID - Crises can bring out the best and the worst in humanity. This powerpoint delves into how communities are uniting or dividing in respose to the COVID pandemic and offers recommendations for supporting students through grief, loss and uncertainty. 

Science of Coronavirus

Scapegoating and Bias

Professional resources:

Supports and resources for educators and social workers from the American Council for School Social Work

Healing from COVID - Pandemics, Stigma, and Supporting Students 

Supporting Grieving Students During COVID-19 - resources by the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement

Psychological First Aid can reduce the distress caused by traumatic events and foster adaptive functioning. View the: PFA guidebook, one-page summary, and PFA and stigma 

Pandemics waves of disease waves of hate from the Plague of Athens to AIDS.pdf

The art of medicine. Historical linkages: epidemic threat, economic risk, and xenophobia

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Parents and Youth After Health-Related Disasters

Stigmatization Complicates Infectious Disease Management, AMA Journal of Ethics, 2010 


Additional Educational Resources

Lessons for elementary:

Lessons for secondary


Sesame Street Townhall on Coronavirus - Six episodes on understanding COVID-19 and staying healthy

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019 – Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease.

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus – Kids worry more when they’re kept in the dark

Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus - NPR series talking to kids; Chicos, chicas, este cómic es para vosotros. 孩子们,这本漫画是给你们看的。

Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During the Coronavirus Crisis – Tips for parents with older children at home

Tips For Homeschooling During Coronavirus – 17-minute audio from NPR

Ways to Maintain Relationships During School Closure - 

Coronavirus: Updates and Tips for returning to school from home. Coronavirus: actualizaciones y consejos para regresar a la escuela desde casa

Coronavirus: Pasar la crisis en familia y ayudar a los pequeños 

Enfrentando COVID-19 Juntos: Recursos Para Apoyar A Las Familias

Trinka y Sam luchan contra el gran virus. Un libro para niños

Plaza Sésamo ayuda a los niños a entender qué es la COVID-19 - Alimentación, higiene y hábitos saludables se promueven entre los más pequeños de casa para que de manera amena y divertida comprendan un tema complicado

Being physically distant doesn't mean we're not together.  It's difficult, but it’s necessary and temporary. 

How teenagers can protect their mental health during coronavirus (COVID-19) – 6 strategies for teens facing a new (temporary) normal

12 Teens On Being Stuck At Home Because Of The Coronavirus – "I’ve been doing what Gen Z does. I’ve adapted, I’ve overcome, and I've been on my phone too much."

Don't Be Discouraged. Here's How To Help During Coronavirus – 15-minute listen form NPR’s Life Kit.

Need a new hobby? Try making terrariums with Louis Easton, the Plant Mon

Resources for LGBTQ+ youth - QSpace.org, Gender Spectrum and TrevorSpace.org – Have chat spaces for LGBTQ+ youth. As always, be safe, be smart on line. 

Coping during a Pandemic: Tips for LGBTQ Youth

Indoor Activities During Quarantine

Epic Swish Basketball Shot Using Rube Goldberg Machine 

Professional Useless Machine Builder 


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"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


CONVERSATIONS -mini-lessons for advisories. Please also explore the Human Relations website. The

November 3, 2020 - Biden or Trump the 46th President.  FOR MORE RESOURCES, VISIT "TALKING POLITICS" ON THIS SITE

Teaching Resources for the 2020 Election - Facing Historycomprehensive collection of lesson plans and resources before and after the November 3 election. 

Post-election Support for Difficult Conversations

What Next? How to Move Forward Together After a Divisive Election

Repairing the Fabric of Democracy - PBS Learning Media

Using the Election as a Teaching Tool - Edutopia

Managing Political Stress in 2020

TALKING POLITICS - Also see the Talking Politics section for many more resources

The three branches of government

What is a political party?

Electoral College

The Presidential Debates

How campaigns influence people



So you think you can vote

To Vote or not to Vote

College Athletes Rock the Vote



SOGIE - October is LGBTQ History Month; June is Pride month

Stonewall Riots

Stories of Excellence - Harvey Milk

Stories of Excellence - Marsha P. Johnson

Addressing LGBT Bias

Xenophobia & Pandemics

LGBT Etiquette

Queering Culture 

All Are Welcome - SOGIE affirming classrooms 

Same Love

Gender Roles


What is sexual orientation?

Session 1. - Getting to Know You

Session 2. Who Are You

Session 3. Resiliency

Session 4. Staying connected

Sessions 5 & 6. Healthy relationships

Session 7. What do I say to...

Session 8 & 9. Coming Out


All Are Welcome - welcoming classrooms 

California Native Plants

The Day Sport Stood Still - On August 26 and 27, many sports teams went on strike to draw attention to Black Lives Matter. 

United Farm Workers

What is "Check your privilege"?

100 years Later - how women got the right to vote

Alike or Different - expanding vocabulary

Asking for Help - promoting help seeking behavior

I Disagree!

Let's Talk About Feelings

Loving Yourself - self esteem and postive body image

Moving Forward - maintaining hope during COVID-19

What's in a Name? - lesson on identity 

When you classmate is getting roasted

My Digital Footprint

So you think you can vote

To Vote or not to Vote

What is an Extremist Organization?

Are you being recruited by an extremist group? 

What is BLM?


Stories of Excellence - Kamala Harris

Stories of Excellence - RGB

Stories of Excellence - AOC

Stories of Excellence - Little Miss Flint

Stories of Excellence - Meghan Markle

Stories of Excellence - Rep. Ilhan Omar

Stories of Excellence - Caster Semenya

Stories of Excellence - Breonna Taylor

Stories of Excellence - Harvey Milk


What happened on 9/11?

California Native American Day, Sept. 25

National Coming Out Day - October 11

Indigenous Peoples Day - October 12

Unity Day, October 21

Dia de los Muertos - October 31 - November 2

Transgender Day of Remembrance - November 20

Kids Day - November 20

Let's Talk About Thanksgiving

World AIDS Day - December 1

Kwaanza - December 26 - January 1

Earth Day - April 22

National Day of Silence - April 23 

Junetheenth - June 19

Denim Day - April 28

Stories of Excellence - Harvey Milk - May 22


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




Board Resolution to observe April 24 in recogniation of the Armenian Genocide

Board Resolution Standing with the Armenian People 

Q&A: What is happening in Artsakh/Armenia?

NY Times - Why is conflict flaring between Armenian and Azerbaijan?

Crimes Against Humanity and Civilization: The Genocide of the Armenians - 8-lesson unit on the Armenian genocide by Facing History, Facing Ourselves 

Armenian Genocide by the History Channel 

What is Intergenerational Trauma? - PPT presentation 

Talking to Children About War or Terrorism



The Office of Human Relations, Diversity & Equity is happy to facilitate trainings for your school/work. The training materials here are longer in length than the ones in the advisories, and geared to an adult audience. 

Back to School 2020 - technniques and tips for starting the year burnt out! 

Addressing LGBTQ Bias

Sexual Harassment in Spanish

Xenophobia and Pandemics

Courageous Conversations about Racism

Mental Health & Gender Diverse Youth

Mental Health & Sexual Minority Youth

Handbook of SOGIE-related vocabulary


Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 1. Power & History of Media

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 1. Power & History of Media, narrated

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 2. Definitions, Implications and Differentiation

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 2. Definitions, Implications and Differentiation, narrated

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 3. Statistics and Support

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 3. Statistics and Support, narrated

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 4. Celebrating Cyber Safety

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 4. Celebrating Cyber Safety, narrated

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 5. Using our power for GOOD

Engaging & Embracing Social Media - 5. Using our power for GOOD, narrated

Bullying Prevention & Response

Videos and Public Service Announcements

Principals Toolkit

Bullying Prevention & Response - Staff training


Bullying Resources

Now Matters Later

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

Our Planet. Our Future. Act Now.

  • Out for Safe Schools Campaign 2017

  • Bullying! We Stand Together

  • We Are One - Standing With Immigrant Families Campaign

  • LAUSD Human Relations Commission

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