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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  • MS, HS
Bullied is a documentary film that chronicles one student’s ordeal at the hands of anti-gay bullies and offers an inspiring message of hope to those...
In the past 30 years, scholars have pushed back against the idea that Abraham Lincoln, “The Great Emancipator,” was the primary force behind...
Investigating the arguments surrounding the Southern secession movement of 1860 and 1861, students consider the events leading up to the decision to...
In this inquiry, students gain an informed, critical perspective on the United States Constitution as it stood at the close of the 1787...
What we don’t know about American slavery hurts us all. From Teaching Tolerance and host Hasan Jeffries , Teaching Hard History brings us the lessons...
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  • 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...
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Our Teaching Tolerance project combats prejudice among our nation’s youth while promoting equality, inclusiveness and equitable learning environments...
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When racist incidents occur, students often need historical perspective to understand the depth of the offense. That's why our Teaching Hard History...
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...