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Education Policy: Issues Affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the school experiences of LGBT youth, and existing policy interventions aimed at making schools safe and affirming environments for all students. It also examines recent federal policy changes that complicate these efforts, and offers a research agenda to fill these gaps in our understanding of the experiences of LGBT youth and children of LGBT parents. (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)

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)

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)

Choices for the 21st Century Program

The Choices Program at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies offers deliberation-focused supplemental curriculum units for U.S. History, World History and Global Studies. Choices units feature historical background, a role play centered on alternative policies, primary source materials, detailed lesson plans and study guides. Units are affordable. (continue)

Touchstones Discussions

Touchstones grew out of more than twenty years of experience with the successes and challenges of the seminar program at Saint John's College, in Annapolis, Maryland. The Touchstones approach to leading discussion groups is grounded in a series of reflections on the nature of collaboration; the relationship between texts and personal experience; the ways in which authority, expertise, and power impede mutual cooperation; and the obstacles that hinder the examination of our most fundamental assumptions about the world in which we live. (continue)

Making the Peace: A 15-Session Violence Prevention Program for Young People

This book is written to help young people break away from violence, develop self-esteem, and regain a sense of community. It provides exercises, role-plays, in-class handouts, homework sheets, and discussion guidelines to explore issues such as dating violence, gangs, interracial tensions, suicide, sexual harassment, and the social roots of violence. The 15-session program has three parts: The Roots of Violence; Race, Class, and Gender; and Making the Peace Now. (continue)

Safe Place to Learn

The full title of this 39-page report is "Safe Place to Learn: Consequences of Harassment Based on Actual or Perceived Sexual Orientation and Gender Non-Conformity and Steps for Making Schools Safer." Produced by the California Safe Schools Coalition and the 4-H Center for Youth Development, the report is the largest-ever study of harassment in schools based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and it shows that this is a widespread, dangerous and preventable problem. (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)

School Choice Citizen ChoiceWork Guide

Some people think that parents and students ought to be offered educational alternatives to the traditional public school system through voucher or charter school programs. This Citizen ChoiceWork Guide (and video) looks at both alternatives, as well as the choice to concentrate our energies on improving the traditional school system. (continue)

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