Identity Safe Classrooms

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Identity Safe Classrooms is a site whose purpose is to support educators to assure that all students feel a sense of belonging and achieve at the highest levels. Identity safe environments are places where students of all backgrounds are welcomed, supported, and academically successful and accepting of others. Cohnvargas Consulting has created this SML site to provide a range of audio-visual materials, podcasts, and lesson plans. Educators can use them to build empathy and learn about people from a range of cultures and backgrounds. Materials can help to create safe spaces, counter stereotypes and address racism, anti-Semitism, Islamaphobia, Homophobia, and other biases in schools.

Dr. Becki Cohn-Vargas, co-author of Identity Safe Classrooms, Places to Belong and Learn.

She can be contacted through her website:

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  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
The film Almost Lost, The Heinemann Legacy: Before, During, and After the Holocaust explores what was “almost lost” and how one family found...
Identity Safe Classrooms
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 11:00am
  • Professional Development
  • K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
Identity safe teaching is an evidence-based approach offering a way of creating an equitable classroom where student of all backgrounds and social...
Sara Mebel's family photo

Sara Mebel's family photo collection

California DOE
“Sara’s Century” is a 12-episode podcast serial about Sara Mebel, a nearly 100-year-old Jewish woman who left Russia forever on September 11, 2001...
Book Front and Back Cover
  • World History
  • Middle School
An "Orange in Winter" is the story of a friendship between Jewish teenager,Walter Less and his non-Jewish friend, Hans at the beginning of the...