Teaching Peace & Justice

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

Are you really what you wear?

Are You Really What You Wear?

From our popular Visual Learning series, use this photo to push your perception of Iran's people.

 

 


Christopher Zumski Finke's Response to "Digital Empathy" Essay Winners
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Christopher Zumski Finke responds to the winners of the Fall 2014 "Fault in Our Stars" essay competition.
"Digital Empathy" Literary Gems
by Jing Fong
We received many powerful essays for the Fall 2014 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
Visual Learning: Heart and Sole
by Jim McGowan
This Visual Learning lesson will get your students to think about prisoners—the uniforms prisoners wear and the most effective ways to prepare for their transition back into society.
The Danger of Silence
When he was a kid, slam poet and teacher Clint Smith once gave up speaking for Lent. He found that his silence allowed his classmates to be bullied—and that he must use his voice speak up for truth and justice.
Reflections on Poverty with "Nikki-Rosa" Poem
by Jing Fong
Nikki Giovanni's poem, "Nikki-Rosa" reflects on Giovanni's living with poverty—what she had, more than what she lacked. The poem, with accompanying Def Jam video and ReadWriteThink lesson will help students develop their understanding of poverty, explore their childhood experiences, and write about these reflections in a poem.
Fania Davis' Response to "Restorative Justice" Essay Winners
by Fania Davis
Fania Davis, co-founder and executive director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, responds to the winners of the Spring 2014 "Restorative Justice" essay competition.
Media Resources to Empower Young People from What Kids Can Do
by Jing Fong
What Kids Can Do uses digital, print, and broadcast media to showcase the power youth can achieve when they are taken seriously. Check out writing curricula, stories, and other powerful learning resources that give voice to the opinions and talents of young people, particularly those compromised by poverty, race, and language.
Why Women's Stories Matter
by Jing Fong
March is Women's History Month. In this New York Times Learning Network lesson plan, students examine their school curriculum and personal experiences on reading stories about and by women. Through this analysis, they will deepen their understanding of why women's stories matter.
Visual Learning: With These Hands
by Natalie Lubsen
This Visual Learning lesson will get your students thinking about poverty—here and in other countries—and will help them explore a creative approach to solve poverty.
Visual Learning: Knock, Knock. Who's There?
by Cynthia Daniel
This Visual Learning lesson will get your students thinking about people experiencing homelessness and the importance of sleep.
Curriculum & Resources: World Savvy
by Jing Fong
World Savvy prepares the next generation to learn, work, and thrive as responsible and engaged global citizens. It provides curriculum and other classroom-ready resources, professional development, and an educator network to boost student global competency.
What Climate-Driven Hurricane Sandy Teaches about Cooperation
by Sarah van Gelder
It’s 3 a.m. and the wind’s howling. Do you know your neighbors?
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.