Curriculum & Resources

Curricula and lesson plans on topics ranging from climate change to happiness.


In each of the following categories, you'll find a variety of teaching tools for immediate use in the classroom or for building your own curriculum.  These resources include: lessons, curriculum, poetry, videos, projects, stories, and essays.

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:: Teaching Happiness

Discover the good life through resilience, creativity, and community.

:: Teaching Outside the Box

Meaningful learning pushes boundaries with action, inquiry, and innovation.

:: Teaching Peace & Justice

Paths to peace, inclusion, equality, and compassion for all.

:: Teaching Sustainability 

How to build a robust economy, healthy planet, and just world for all.

:: Visual Learning

Use the wonder of a photo to engage in deep discussions and understanding.


YES! Recommends: Dream of a Nation
by Jing Fong
Dream of a Nation explores today's challenges with new ideas and solutions through the perspective of on-the-ground thought leaders. It generously offers educators a range of free, downloadable resources, including lesson plans, interviews, videos, and discussion guides.
Visual Learning: Gauze for Concern
by Susan Lloyd
This Visual Learning lesson will get your students thinking about the foreclosure crisis in this country and what it might feel like to lose your home.
YES! Recommends: StoryCorps
by Jing Fong
StoryCorps records and archives interviews of everyday Americans to preserve history and personal stories. Its National Teachers Initiative was created to celebrate great teachers and to highlight their invaluable contributions and influence on students and all of us.
Curriculum & Resources: The Teacher Salary Project
by Jing Fong
Through an interactive and evolving website and the feature-length documentary American Teacher, The Teacher Salary Project brings awareness to the real and imminent crisis in our educational system—how little we value our strongest, most committed, and most effective teachers.
Words That Inspire: You Have My Permission to Wear a Hoodie Every Day
by Jing Fong
In the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death, what advice should a mother give to her young, brown son? Use Rasha Hamid's words to start a discussion with your students about what this tragedy means.
Curriculum & Resources: Cooperative Teach-In
by Jing Fong
The Cooperative Teach-in is a nationwide initiative that engages campuses with the cooperative movement through events, programs, and projects.
Visual Learning: It's in the Bag
by Mirabai Troll
This Visual Learning activity will get students thinking about how we use plastic, and the implications of living conveniently.
Spotlight on Green
by Jing Fong
A collection of education resources about "Green." From the environment to the economy, bring green into the classroom.
Global Oneness Project
by Jing Fong
The Global Oneness Project is offering educational film toolkits. Take advantage of this great opportunity to explore interconnectedness and promote social wellness.
The Corporation
by Jing Fong
Watch a new video about an eighth grade class using The Corporation film as a discussion starter. Share with your students using free curriculum from The Ontario Institute of Studies in Education.
Visual Learning: Who Is That Masked Man?
by Mirabai Troll
This Visual Literacy lesson will get your students thinking about the Occupy Wall Street movement, and what's behind a mask.
YES! Recommends: The Story of Stuff Project
by Jing Fong
The Story of Stuff Project now offers more films that explain and inform. Check out The Story of Broke, The Story of Citizens United v. FEC, and don't miss out on free curriculum from Facing the Future.
De-Stress Your Classroom
by Jing Fong
Edutopia bundle of resources on meditation programs that can be used in school. Steps and benefits to bringing meditation to the classroom.
Teaching Social Movements
by Jing Fong
A collection of YES! resources for teaching about Occupy and other social movements.
The Legacy Project
by Jing Fong
Cornell Professor Karl Pillemer, founder of The Legacy Project: Lessons for Living from the Wisest Americans, collected over 1,500 interviews of elders on a variety of subjects. In text and video, the oldest living generations of Americans share their experiences.