Resources for Schools
The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities’ “Building Inclusive Schools” Email Update provides curriculum ideas, sample activities, funding sources, and articles to educators each month during the school year. In addition, VCIC has compiled resources by topic for use by schools:
- General Diversity
- Ability Status
- Body Image
- Class/Socio-Economic Status
- Conflict Resolution
- Peer Leadership
- Religion/Belief Systems
- Sexual Orientation
[These suggestions are intended for use by adults. Their listing on this page does not imply endorsement by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities of all content included therein.]
- A World of Difference Institute
- Rethinking Schools
- Teaching Tolerance
- Understanding Prejudice
- A Few Words About People First Language
- Assessing Your School Environment for Access to People with Disabilities
- Creating Positive School Experiences for Students with Disabilities
- Disability History Timeline
- Evaluating Children’s Books that Address Disability
- Misunderstood Minds: A PBS Special on Learning Differences and Disabilities
- Rising to the Challenge
- Able Am I
- Are Media Images of People with Disabilities Accurate?
- A Case Study in Public Policy Making: The Americans with Disabilities Act
- Feeling Different
- Friends Who Care
- The US Constitution and Disability Laws
- Understanding Learning Differences
- “I’m Tyler”
- “Including Samuel” – A documentary by Dan Habib
- R-Word – Spread the Word to End the Word
- A Guy’s Guide to Body Image
- Body Image Pressure Increasingly Affects Boys
- Bullies vs. Overweight Kids: How Can You Help?
- Children and Weight: The Dilemmas
- School-Wide Wellness Programs
- Understanding Size Bias
- A Healthy Body Image
- Conversation Starters for Student Leaders
- Critical Viewer Activity
- Dying to Be Thin
- Ideal Weight, Cultural Stereotypes, and Eating Disorders
- Reshaping Body Image
- Your Own Healthy Style: A Middle-School Curriculum to Enhance Body Image
- 10 Ways to Move Beyond Bully-Prevention
- Advice on How to Handle a Bully
- Beyond the Bully Victim Dyad: The Role of Peers in Bullying Relationships
- Bully at the Blackboard
- Bully, Bullied, Bystander… and Beyond
- Bullying: Guidelines for Teachers
- Bullying, Interventions, and the Role of Adults
- From Teasing to Torment: A Report on School Climate in Virginia
- Maine’s Best Practices in Bullying and Harassment Prevention: A Guide for Schools and Communities
- Prevention and Tolerance: A Counselor’s Guide to Bullying
- A Security, Crime Prevention and Safety Center for Kids
- Stop Bullying: Guidelines for Schools
- Stop Cyberbullying Before it Starts
- A Bad Case of Bullying: Using Literature Response Groups with Students
- A Bullying Survey
- A Primer on Peer Mediation
- Cruel Schools
- Dealing with the Social Pressures that Promote Online Cruelty
- Do Something About… School Violence Unit
- No Name-Calling Week: Art Lesson Plans
- Think Before You Act
- How School Taught Me I Was Poor
- People Like Us Bibliography
- “The Laptops are Coming! The Laptops are Coming!”
- The Poverty Myth
- The Question of Class
- Savage Unrealities: Uncovering Classism in Ruby Payne’s Framework
Jensen, E. (2009). Teaching with poverty in mind. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
Lui, M, & Robles, B. (2006). The Color of wealth. New Press, The.
Times, The, & Keller, Bill. (2005). Class matters. New York, NY: Henry Holt & Co.
- Addressing Poverty: The Drive
- Charity and Justice: What’s the Difference?
- Crossing Socioeconomic Boundaries
- Interpreting Wealth Disparities
- Poverty and Natural Disasters: Exploring the Connections
- Prison Town, USA: Economic Decision Making
- Testing, Tracking, and Toeing the Line: A Role Play on the Origins of the Modern High School
- The Ten Chairs
- What is Poverty?
- A Review of Selected School-Based Conflict Resolution and Peer Mediation Projects
- Conflict Resolution Education: A Guide to Implementing Programs in Schools, Youth-Serving Organizations, and Community and Juvenile Justice Settings
- Conflict Resolution Programs in Schools
- Decreasing Violence through Conflict Resolution Education in Schools
- Elements of Style: The What, Why & How of Transformative Peer Mediation
- Want to Resolve a Dispute? Try Mediation
- Being an Ally
- Conflict Management: Grades 3-5
- Conflict Resolution
- Developing Dialogue
- Exploring the Nature of Conflict
- Kids to the Rescue
- Many Ways to Resolve Conflict
- All Teachers Should be Trained to Overcome Their Hidden Biases
- Confronting Gender Bias at School
- Gender Bias in Education
- ‘Good Morning Boys and Girls:’ Simple Greetings Can Promote Discrimination in Young Children
- It’s OK to be Neither: Teaching that Supports Gender-Variant Children
- Just Boys, Just Girls and Just Schooling: Curriculum, Behaviors (including Bullying) and Gender
- Miles of Aisles of Sexism
- Rethinking Gender Bias in Theater
- Seventh Graders and Sexism
- Students and Gender Identity – A Toolkit for Schools
- Title IX at 35: Beyond the Headlines
Bravo, E. (2007). Taking on the big boys. New York, NY: The Feminist Press.
Kimmel, Michael. (2008). Guyland: the perilous world where boys become men. New York, NY: Harpercollins.
Simmons, R. (2003). Odd girl out. Harcourt Books.
- Gender Roles in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: What Fiction Tells Us
- Girls Can Be Plumbers?
- Learning Social Roles: Boy/Girl Piece
- Seneca Falls, 1848: Women Organize for Equality
- Stop Sexual Assault in Schools
- The Truth about Helen Keller
- What are Gender Stereotypes?
- When I Grow Up I Want to Be A…Moving Beyond Gender Boundaries in Our Lives
- Women and Congress
- Better Together: An Innovative Curriculum Spurs South Carolina Students to Fight Bigotry
- Peer Leadership: Helping Youth Become Change Agents in their Schools and Communities
- Peer Leadership Program Implementation
- Building Blocks of a Community
- Cliques, Friendship Groups, or Boxes
- Ethics: Cheating and Plagiarism
- How Do Leaders Communicate their Ideas? A Look at John Brown, Frederick Douglass, and Sojourner Truth
- Incorporating Leadership Into My Own Life
- Tutu and Franklin: A Journey Toward Peace
- “Anti-Racist” Geometry Lessons Explained
- Crossing Borders/Border Crossings
- Does My Town Have a Racist Past?
- From Footnote to Fame in Civil Rights History
- How Stereotypes Undermine Test Scores
- Mixed Race America: Teaching not Preaching
- So You Think You’re An Anti-Racist? 6 Critical Paradigm Shifts for Well-Intentioned White Folks
- White Racial Identity and Anti-Racist Education: A Catalyst for Change
Derman-Sparks, L, Ramsey, P, & Edwards, J. (2006). What if all the Kids are white?. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
Fine, Michelle, & Wheeler, Albert. (2004). Off white: readings on power, privilege, and resistance. New York, NY: Routledge.
Kivel, P. (2002). Uprooting racism: how white people can work for racial justice.Canada: New Society Publishers.
O’Brien, E. (2008). The Racial middle: latinos and asian americans living beyond the racial divide. New York, NY: NYU Press.
Tatum, B. (2007). Can we Talk about race?. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
Tatum, B. (2003). Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?. New York, NY: Basic Books.
Williams, L. (2000). It’s the little things: everyday interactions that anger, annoy, and divide the races. Harcourt Books.
- A Time for Sight: The Debate over Color Blindness and Race-Consciousness in School Integration
- Common Beliefs Survey: Teaching Racially and Ethnically Diverse Students
- From Flint, Michigan to Your Front Door: Tracing the Roots of Racism in America
- Juliette Hampton Morgan: A White Woman Who Understood
- Just an Environment or Just Environment? Racial Segregation and its Impacts
- Lee Yick: Fighting Racism
- The Color of Water
- What Does ‘Post Racial’ Mean, Anyway?
- A Teacher’s Guide to Religion in the Public Schools
- How Stereotypes Undermine Test Scores
- Know Your Rights: Religion in Public Schools
- One Nation, Many Gods
- Religion in the Public Schools: A Story About Civics in the Bronx and Queens
- Teaching Religion in Public School: Removing the Angst
- The Unaffiliated Unite
Eck, D. (2001). A New Religious America: How a “Christian Country” Has Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation. San Francisco, CA: HarperCollins.
Hicks, D. (2009). With God on all sides. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
- How Can I Plan Inclusive Holiday Celebrations?
- Religion and Immigration
- Religion, Culture and Diversity
- Coming Out in Middle School
- Exposing Hidden Homophobia
- Involved, Invisible, Ignored: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Parents and Their Children in Our Nation’s K-12 Schools
- Just the Facts about Sexual Orientation & Youth:
A Primer for Principals, Educators, and School Personnel
- Lessons on Homosexuality Move into the Classroom
- Responding to Questions about LGBT Topics
- Safe Space Kit
- Shifting the Focus from Individual Bullies and Victims to School “Culture”
- Speechifying at the Start of the Year
- What One Teacher Can Do
- When Words Can Kill: ‘That’s So Gay’
Gold, M, & Drucker, M. (2008). Crisis. Austin, TX: Greenleaf Book Group Llc.
Yoshino, K. (2007). Covering: the hidden assault on our civil rights. New York, NY: Random House Trade.
- Building a Bully-Free Building
- Is Everyone Protected by the Bill of Rights?
- Lesson Plans for Elementary, Middle, and High School Teachers
- Oliver Button Is a Sissy
- Stonewall and Beyond: Gay and Lesbian Issues
- We’re All Different Alike (elementary)
- We’re All Different Alike (High School)
- Words Really Matter: Examining Language at School
- 20 (Self-) Critical Things I Can Do to be a Better Multicultural Educator
- Children and Media
- Conference Dispels Stereotypes
- How Stereotypes Defeat the Stereotyped
- Listen, Watch, and Learn
- Steele Discusses “Stereotype Threat”