Teaching Ethics & Social Justice
Resources for educators
The web resources below provide an abundance of lesson plans, teaching guides, and articles related to a variety of social justice and human rights topics.
Teaching Tolerance: http://www.tolerance.org/teach/
Includes thousands of classroom activities for teachers from Tolerance.org.
PBS Teacher Source: http://www.pbs.org/teachersource/
Home to a searchable database of lesson plans.
Rethinking Schools Online: http://www.rethinkingschools.org/
Includes a searchable archive of past articles, and also offers an extensive library of discipline-specific resources available for purchase.
National Geographic’s Education Guide: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/education/
Educator resources from a geographic perspective, also overlapping with sustainability, diversity, and the human condition.
Facing History and Ourselves: http://www.facinghistory.org/
Seeks to “...engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.” Focuses primarily on the Holocaust, but also covers other examples of genocide.
Human Rights Education Associates: http://www.hrea.org/index.php
Offers study guides introducing a variety of social issues, several lengthy teaching guides, and well as professional resources for teachers of human rights.
Ed Change: http://www.edchange.org/
Connects educators dedicated to equity, diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice and offers opportunities for collaboration on resources, workshops, and projects that contribute to progressive change.
Educators for Social Responsibility: http://www.esrnational.org/
Aim to “make teaching social responsibility a core practice in education so that young people develop the convictions and skills to shape a safe, sustainable, democratic, and just world.”
Teaching for Change: http://www.teachingforchange.org/
An impressive catalog of books that challenge educators to teach from a social justice perspective.
We also recommend the following print resources:
Bigelow, Bill, Linda Christensen, Stan Karp, Barbara Miner and Bob Peterson, eds. 1994. Rethinking Our Classrooms: Teaching for Equity and Justice (Vol. 1). Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools.
Karp, Stan, Brenda Harvey, Larry Miller, and Bill Bigelow, eds. 2001. Rethinking Our Classrooms: Teaching for Equity and Justice (Vol. 2). Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools.
Makler, Andra. 2000. “What does justice look like?” In Andra Makler and Ruth Shagoury Hubbard (eds.), Teaching for Justice in the Social Studies Classroom: Millions of Intricate Moves (pp. 209-222). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Adams, Maurianne, et. al., eds. 2000. Readings for Diversity and Social Justice: An Anthology on Racism, Antisemitism, Sexism, Heterosexism, Ableism & Classism. Routledge.
Adams, Maurianne, Lee Anne Bell, and Pat Griffin, eds. 1997. Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice: A Sourcebook. New York: Routledge.
Ayers, William, Jean Ann Hunt, and Therese Quinn, eds. 1998. Teaching for Social Justice: A Democracy and Education Reader. New York: Teachers College Press/New Press.
Christensen, Linda. 2000. Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Teaching About Social Justice and the Power of the Written Word. Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools.
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