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. Teachers may sign up for a weekly e-newsletter at https://www.tolerance.org/
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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...
  • 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.
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2016
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In this lesson, students will learn: What makes a family? What is unique about my family? What makes a family a type of community? How does having...
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2016
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  • Social Studies
  • K-2, 3-5
In this lesson, student will: •identify different aspects of culture •interview a family member to learn about their cultural history •identify why...
  • Social Studies
  • K-2, 3-5
This lesson will help students: •understand, appreciate and respect similarities and differences •exhibit pride in their own unique families •learn...
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2016
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  • Health
  • K-2, 3-5
In this lesson, students will discuss: •What is a community? •Who is part of our classroom community? •How does it make you feel when you are part of...
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2016
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  • Arts
  • K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
This activity will help students: •Explain how music evokes feelings and emotion. •Understand relationships between music and culture. •Analyze song...
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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...
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Our Teaching Tolerance project combats prejudice among our nation’s youth while promoting equality, inclusiveness and equitable learning environments...