Resources for Teachers


American Social History Project

"The American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning is dedicated to renewing interest in history by challenging traditional ways that people learn about the past. Founded in 1981 and based at the City University of New York Graduate Center, ASHP/CML produces print, visual, and multimedia materials that explore the richly diverse social and cultural history of the United States. We also lead professional development seminars that help teachers to use the latest scholarship, technology, and active learning methods in their classrooms."

Educators for Social Responsibility

"Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR) works directly with educators to implement systemic practices that create safe, caring, and equitable schools so that all young people succeed in school and life, and help shape a safe, democratic and just world." Founded in 1982. Its Online Teacher Center has a large database of teacher resources.

Facing History and Ourselves

"Facing History and Ourselves delivers classroom strategies, resources and lessons that inspire young people to take responsibility for their world.... At the heart of our work is the resource book Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior, which explores the consequences of hatred. Students all over the world learn to recognize bigotry and indifference. They also meet exemplars of courage and compassion in the face of injustice and see that their own daily choices can have major impacts and perhaps even be a critical link to a safer future." Website has extensive resources.

A Force More Powerful (PBS Series)

A documentary on the history of nonviolent struggle. Also a companion book. And a companion game: A Force More Powerful: The Game of Nonviolent Strategy ("A Force More Powerful is the only game about nonviolent struggle available today. AFMP puts the player directly into the role of planner for a nonviolent movement seeking social change -- a role that is challenging, demanding, and sometimes even dangerous. For Windows platform only." $9.98 plus shipping.) And a list of related resources.

GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network

GLSEN "is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. Includes many resources for teachers.

Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, Teachable Moment

"... provides educators with timely teaching ideas to encourage critical thinking on issues of the day and foster a positive classroom environment." Has activities for elementary, middle, and high schools."

National Association for Multicultural Education

Advocates for educational equity and social justice. Includes Resources for Teachers.

National Women's History Project

"The National Women's History Project, founded in 1980, is an educational nonprofit organization. Our mission is to recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women by providing information and educational materials and programs." Many resources available in their Resource Center.

Rethinking Schools

A magazine, book publisher, and resource center for social justice education. Among the many simulations is Susan Hersh and Bob Peterson's Poverty and World Wealth ("The purpose of this activity is to graphically demonstrate the vast differences in wealth between different areas of the world. It combines math, geography, writing, and social studies.") From the book edited by Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson, Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World (Rethinking Schools: 2002).

Teaching A People's History

An extensive collection of teaching resources developed by "Rethinking Schools" and "Teaching for Change" to be used with Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States.

Teaching Economics as If People Mattered

Free, high-school economics lesson plans. "Each one includes everything you need to get started and all are mapped into NCEE standards." Includes Ten Chairs (based on Polly Kellogg, "Ten Chairs of Inequality," Rethinking Schools, Spring 1998) and Born on Third Base, two classroom simulations on the distribution of wealth.

Teaching for Change

Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to transform schools into centers of justice where students learn to read, write and change the world.

Teaching Tolerance

A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Includes a database of classroom activities and of recommended resources.

United Nations, Cyberschoolbus

"The United Nations Cyberschoolbus was created in 1996 as the online education component of the Global Teaching and Learning Project, whose mission is to promote education about international issues and the United Nations. The Global Teaching and Learning Project produces high quality teaching materials and activities designed for educational use (at primary, intermediate and secondary school levels) and for training teachers. The vision of this Project is to provide exceptional educational resources (both online and in print) to students growing up in a world undergoing increased globalization."

UN World Food Programme, Food Force Game

A downloadable computer game. For 8-13 year olds.