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Race and Culture in the Classroom: Teaching and Learning Through Multicultural Education

In Race and Culture in the Classroom, high school teacher Mary Dilg closely observes what happens when one teacher attempts to work with issues of race and culture in a diverse classroom. Drawing on actual dynamics in an urban high school, Dilg, a white English teacher, describes and analyzes the significant challenges and joys at the heart of multicultural education with adolescents. Unafraid to address sensitive issues, Dilg shows how educators can treat questions of race and culture in the courses they teach. She offers a framework for thinking about the processes, the dilemmas, and the benefits of multicultural education while also pointing out that a multicultural approach to education is infinitely more complex than commonly acknowledged. (continue)

CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)

CIRCLE promotes research on the civic and political engagement of Americans between the ages of 15 and 25. Although CIRCLE conducts and funds research, not practice, the projects that we support have practical implications for those who work to increase young people's engagement in politics and civic life. CIRCLE is also a clearinghouse for relevant information and scholarship. CIRCLE is based in the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy. (continue)

Soliya’s Connect Program

Utilizing new web-based videoconferencing technology, small groups of university students from the US and predominantly Muslim Countries in the Middle East meet weekly on-line with the help of skilled facilitators. Together they engage in intensive dialogue about the relationship between the U.S. and the Arab and Muslim World, with a particular emphasis on the role of the media in shaping perceptions of the "other." (continue)

Students Talk About Race (STAR)

STAR is a signature project of the Multicultural Center (MCC) at California State University, Long Beach. STAR has recruited over 1,500 college volunteers, training them to become facilitators in cross-cultural communication and placing them into 76 middle schools and high schools (serving some 18,000 students). The 8-week STAR experience has proven itself to be a compassionate and candid forum, addressing difficult issues of diversity with vulnerability and humor. (continue)

Everybody Ready for School: How Can we Ensure High Quality Early Childhood Programs?

Many educators, parents and researchers agree that high quality "school readiness" programs can help youngsters be more successful later on in school and in life. But preschool programs vary widely in quality. How can we make sure that all preschool programs provide safe and enriching environments that do a good job preparing children for school? In other words, how can we make sure all preschool programs are of the highest possible quality? This Citizen ChoiceWork Guide (and video) from Public Agenda presents three approaches: fund programs more adequately and equitably; create standards and accountability; and give parents more choice. Available in video and print format. (continue)

Race Talks website

How do you get people to address problems that create conflict and still remain involved in collaborative problem-solving? How do you create a learning environment that encourages people to see their own potential to affect the world around them? This site responds to these questions with examples from several learning environments and includes practical ideas from our experiences as teachers and participants in workplace, community and classroom settings. (continue)

The Orangeband Initiative

An OrangeBand is a symbol of someone’s commitment to listen to what’s important to other people. People who take an OrangeBand and display it someplace visible (like on a bag) are demonstrating their commitment to practice listening at work and in life. When asked about the OrangeBand, they say something like, “It means I’m interested in listening to what’s important to the people around me. What’s important to you?” (continue)

Invisible Children: Rough Cut

The United Nations estimates that 300,000 children are currently fighting in conflicts around the world and hundreds of thousands more are members of armed forces - either being trained for combat or used as laborers. Physical, sexual and emotional abuse is commonplace. Most of these children were forcible conscripted or abducted by fighting forces to become instruments of war, to kill or be killed. Without exception, the experience has devastating effects on their physical, psychological and intellectual development. What started out as a film-making adventure in Africa transformed into much more when three young Americans' travels took a divine turn, and they found themselves stranded in Northern Uganda. They discovered children being kidnapped nightly from their homes and subsequently forced to become fight as child soldiers. This film is dedicated to exposing this tragic, and amazingly untold story. (continue)

Telling Stories of Self-Trust and Hope: A Tool for Engaging Youth in Community Change

Change happens in communities when people change the story they tell about themselves and others. Stories of self-trust and hope help us to see the community and ourselves differently. This kit helps get youth telling their stories - to each other, to the community, to themselves. (continue)

Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation, Inc.

Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational non-profit organization that engages middle and high school teachers and their students in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism by relating the past to the world today. Facing History helps students find meaning in the past and recognize the need for participation and responsible decision making. Based in Brookline, Massachusetts and with branches in six U.S. cities, Facing History and Ourselves provides a range of resources (printed, network-based, speakers' bureaus, videotapes) to confront racism, prejudice and anti-Semitism in schools and the wider society. (continue)

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