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Lesson Plans To Prevent Bias-Based Bullying in School
Most bullying in school comes from bias, prejudice, and stereotypes whether it is based on gender, race or religion. Help your students discuss the kinds of bullying that they really see and hear, prevent bullying and welcome all students in your classroom and school.

All HRC Welcoming Schools lessons are aligned with the Common Core Standards.


Social Justice Acrostic Poems Lesson Plan

This lesson involves having students work as a class to generate important social justice
words and then to write an acrostic poem with a classmate. This activity encourages
students to explore issues that they care about with their peers and to form connections with each other around social justice topics


With no federal standards for the topic in place, teachers are left to their own devices for creating or finding social justice lesson plans. Our country’s history is rich with resistance, organizing, and civil rights campaigning—but for many teachers, these movements seem new.

If you want to guide your students through conversations about inclusion, diversity, and equity, it’s important to both teach the history and build upon the work of the countless people who contributed to social justice movements throughout the years.

Here are 21 Social Justice Resources for Teachers


NEA President: Every Child has the Right to Feel Safe, Welcomed and Valued

Educators welcome groundbreaking civil rights protections for transgender students in schools WASHINGTON—Today, the National Education Association, the nation’s largest professional association representing three million educators, enthusiastically welcomed the Obama administration’s guidance for school districts to help ensure the civil rights of transgender students. The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Lily Eskelsen García: “Every student matters, and every child has the right to feel safe, welcomed, and valued in our schools. As educators, we are responsible for our students’ education and safety, including transgender students. We know that

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NEA President’s Letter to Secretary Duncan

NEA President Lily Eskelsen-Garcia sent a letter to Secretary Duncan this morning outlining NEA’s ask for an opportunity dashboard within ESEA.  This is a huge priority for NEA for the next reauthorization of ESEA.  “When half of American children are now living in low-income families, I believe we have more than just the fierce urgency of now to act. I believe we have a crisis of opportunity to solve,” the letter says.   January 26, 2015 The Honorable Arne Duncan Secretary of Education 400 Maryland Avenue SW LBJ Education Building,

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