Teaching Tolerance

Founded in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to helping teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy. We publish a magazine, Teaching Tolerance, produce documentary films and develop curriculum materials — all free to K-12 educators — that help students learn respect for differences and bolster teacher practice. Our teaching materials have won two Oscars, an Emmy and dozens of honors from the Association of Educational Publishers.

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Most students leave high school without an adequate understanding of the role slavery played in the development of the United States—or how its...
This lesson explores the concept of food deserts and the relationship between food deserts, poverty and obesity. Students are encouraged to examine...
  • English Language Arts
  • K-2, 3-5
In this lesson, students will first learn about disabilities. Then they will learn tips for communicating respectfully with people with disabilities.
This activity was designed to help students identify examples of how to treat people with dignity and recognize stigmas of disease. Students will...
  • English Language Arts
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
This series helps students understand why gender stereotypes are unfair and how teasing or bullying someone who does not conform to gender norms...
  • English Language Arts
  • High School
In this lesson, students will first learn about disabilities. Then they will learn tips for communicating respectfully with people with disabilities...
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  • Professional Development
  • K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
Leaders from across the South, including Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, participated on Tuesday in a roundtable discussion of the Federal Commission on...
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  • Professional Development
  • K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
​ On Saturday April 21, the final rally in a series of pro-gun demonstrations organized by the National Coalition of Constitutional Patriotic...
Teaching Tolerance
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2018
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This is the first lesson of a four part series titled, "Issues of Poverty." In this introductory lesson, students compare the federally defined...
This lesson challenges students to reflect on themes of fairness, perception, discrimination and legality with regard to employment and to examine...