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.

Visual Learning: Lost Your Marbles?
by Susan Lloyd
This Visual Learning lesson plan will get your students thinking about community, public art, and why they can or can't buy spray paint.
YES! Recommends: Nourish
by Jing Fong
Nourish is an education initiative that celebrates food and community. Its food curriculum and lesson plans, short films and discussion guides, and powerful action ideas will help young people and their families, schools, and communities think about the food they eat and what they can do to make healthy choices for themselves and planet Earth.
Curriculum & Resources: Sugar Consumption Infographic
by Jing Fong's jaw-dropping infographic on sugar consumption reveals the not-so-sweet truth—Americans eat way too much sugar. Data visualization puts the statistics into context. When sugar intake increases, so do the pounds and risks for high blood pressure, diabetes, and more. A clear case for changing our behavior.
Curriculum & Resources: Independent Television Service (ITVS) Lesson Plans
by Jing Fong
ITVS's Community Classroom engages teachers and students through film. Their collections of lesson plans and documentaries will launch students into a deeper level of understanding about a range of global issues, particularly involving social justice.
Curriculum and Resources: Trash-Out
by Jing Fong
What can you learn about a family by examining the things they're left behind? Watch this short 5-minute film by POV and explore other PBS resources about the foreclosure crisis.
Curriculum and Resources: Poetry Foundation
by Jing Fong
October 17 is Black Poetry Day. Poetry Foundation offers a bounty of poems, lesson plans, essays, and more to teach students the fundamentals of African American poetry, and poetry in general.
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.