In a time of division and uncertainty for our country, many of us — teachers, school leaders, parents — are asking, “What can we do?” How can we reject discrimination and protect children who feel targeted for their religion, ethnicity, gender, or even political beliefs? How can we welcome diverse perspectives and hard conversations?
With One and All, we’re facing these challenges in education — by sharing resources and welcoming your ideas, experiences, and perspectives. We'll be updating regularly with new strategies and stories of inspiration. Please join us. Follow on Facebook and Twitter, using #OneAllHGSE. Send your own strategies to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll excerpt and share as many as we can. Read more about the One and All project.
How we can teach students to find common ground, for the common good.
Raising Kind Children
Small steps that make a difference:
- Talk about real ethical dilemmas you face, and ask kids what they'd do.
- Think together about how it feels to be the new kid, the kid who's teased, or the kid whose race or religion is different.
- Let kids see your kindness.
Why does school-based bullying happen? We asked students themselves for insight.
A high school teacher shares advice on guiding conversations about controversial issues.
Developing a school culture that prioritizes the social-emotional wellbeing of every student.
Navigating the competing rights of free speech and freedom from discrimination.
A system leader’s views on ending bullying and harassment.
A head of school on how role-playing helps teachers manage tough classroom moments.
11 Ways to Help
The Anti-Defamation League has a useful summary of 11 key steps schools can take to help students feel safe, including:
- Clarity of policy and purpose
- Willingness to self-assess
- Being intentionally inclusive
- Encouraging students to report
A teacher’s perspective on the resilience of immigrant and refugee students — and five ideas to support them.
Rethinking the definition of bullying to better understand and prevent it.
To build hope and chart a path to success, relationships are key.
How to open space for reflection and conversation amid anxiety and trauma.
An ELA teacher in Springfield, MA, on how she builds trust by getting real, from the start.
Three actions that will make a difference.
What can teachers do, and what do they need, to support English-language learners?
Counteract stereotypes and discrimination with knowledge.
“If there isn’t a level of intimacy or comfort in the classroom, students won’t put themselves out there.”
– Molly Dill, government and economics teacher,
Springfield Renaissance School