Instructional Strategies - by Beth Breneman
- Professional Literature You Don't Want to
Miss, selected by Patricia
K. Dean, Ph.D.
Ruth. Teaching Children to Care
for Social Action
For ways to explore social action with students, check out the NCTE
title A Curriculum of Peace: Selected Essays from English Journal that
includes "Giving Peace a Chance: Gandhi and King in the English
Classroom," which describes how one high school English teacher
developed and taught a unit that would give students the opportunity
see how violence and nonviolence affects their lives.
- NCTE's "It's Our World Too":
Socially Responsive Learners in Middle
School Language Arts explores ways to use significant social issues
such as race, class, and poverty to invigorate teaching of literacy
communication skills. To learn about the ties between active learning
and active citizenship, read chapter one of the text.
- For additional suggestions, see Teaching for a Tolerant World, Grades
9-12 and Teaching for a Tolerant World, Grades K-6.
Children, Adolescent, and Adult Literature
- Literature for Social Justice Reviewed by Aimee Rogers
Reviews of January 30, 2011
Reviews of July 7, 2010
Reviews of June 28, 2009
Books for a Global Society
Diverse Children's Resource List, selected by Patricia K. Dean, Ph.D.
and Mirrors: Literature for Children to Promote Cultural Validity
(Mirrors), Learning (Windows), and Acceptance, by Patricia K. Dean,
- American Jewish World Service
An international development organization
motivated by Judaism’s
imperative to pursue justice. AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty,
hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless
of race, religion or nationality.
- The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
CASEL enhances children's success in school and life by promoting
coordinated, evidence-based social, emotional, and academic learning
as an essential part of education from preschool though high school.
A research-based, multi-faceted school-change program focused on creating
caring, supportive learning environments that foster students' sense
of belonging and connection to school including
cooperative learning approaches, classroom and schoolwide community-building
activities, engaging curriculum, and an emphasis on literacy development.
- Educators for Social
Helps educators create safe, caring, respectful, and productive learning
environments as well as helps educators work with young people to develop
the social skills, emotional competencies, and qualities of character
they need to succeed in school and become contributing members of their
- Environmental Education
Gives people a deeper understanding of the environment,
inspiring them to take personal responsibility for its preservation
and restoration. Helps people gain an understanding of how their individual
actions affect the environment, acquire skills that they can use to
weigh various sides of issues, and become better equipped to make informed
Foxfire has helped teachers teach and learners learn, while also being
firmly rooted in the culture of the community. Resources include The
Foxfire Magazine, The Foxfire Book series, a museum and
visitor center, teaching resources, etc.
- Museum of Teaching and Learning
The Museum of Teaching and Learning (MOTAL) will be a grand, world-class
museum with highly interactive exhibits and activities that will educate
and fascinate participants of all ages.
- National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
The National Center for the Preservation of Democracy is a non-profit,
non-partisan educational institution that provides tools for living
democratically in a diverse American society. Partnering with educators
and community-based mentors, the National Center works to inspire youth
to become active, informed participants in shaping democracy in America.
An approach to teaching and learning
that fosters safe, challenging, and joyful elementary classrooms
and schools. Developed by classroom teachers, it consists of practical
strategies for bringing together social and academic learning throughout
the school day.
Books for a Global Society (IRA CL/R SIG)
Selects the most outstanding 25 books annually (K-12) which promote
understanding of cultures/perspectives different from one's own as
well as celebrating commonalities among the human community.
- Teaching Tolerance
Founded in 1991 as a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Provides
to educators a variety of free educational materials that promote
respect for differences and appreciation of diversity.
- World Wise Schools
Lets students interact with a Peace Corps volunteer currently serving
in one of more than 70 countries through the Correspondence Match
Program for Grades K-12. They also sponsor CyberVolunteer Program
(K-12) and classroom resources that help students understand people,
cultures, geography, and community service.
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