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Respect for All

Respect for All Week

For the 2014-2015 school year, the NYC Department of Education has designated February 9-13, 2015 as RFA Week in all NYC public schools.  During this week, schools will have opportunities to highlight and build upon ongoing diversity programs and curriculum-based instruction. Schools will also have opportunities to embark upon new initiatives that promote respect for diversity and engage students in meaningful lessons and/or other activities that focus on preventing bias-based harassment, intimidation and/or bullying.  

Facing History and Ourselves

Facing History and Ourselves is offering a full day workshop on Teaching Wonder: The Challenge of Difference on March 24, 2015 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, 475 Tenth Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY.  Wonder is a powerful novel about a fifth grade boy born with a jarring facial deformity who insists on going to school. The story tells us as much about his sister and classmates as it does about him. Wonder is “a subtle lesson on the meanings and possibilities of kindness”;  “ a rare story with the power to open eyes-and hearts-to what it's like to be singled out for a difference you can't control, when all you want is to be just another face in the crowd.”. Ages  8-12. There is a $10 registration fee which includes a copy of the novel and an educator guide as well as lunch. Click here to register


GLSEN offers lessons on the elementary, middle and high school level and important additional resources for No Name Calling Week (January 19-23, 2015) to help teachers and students celebrate kindness while working to create  safe schools free of name-calling, bullying and bias. 


Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

The ADL’s Current Events Classroom is a collection of timely and relevant brief lesson plans that assist K-12 educators in teaching news topics and other issues of the day. Each lesson helps students analyze the topic through an anti-bias, diversity and social justice lens.

The ADL has made free K-12 curriculum and other resources for teachers to use in recognition of Black History Month.  Also available are resources for the Book of the Month 

Tanenbaum Center

The Tanenbaum Center offers elementary and middle school lessons  on cultural and religious diversity inclusivity and respect as well as elementary and middle school reading lists.


The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has published Bully Surveillance Among Youths which provides a uniform definition of bullying and takes a public health approach to addressing it.  



Scholastic offers free resources including:  How to Choose the Best Multicultural Books (50 book recommendations) for grades K-8; Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today and Ellis Island  (grades 3-5 and grades 6-12) which provides interactive web-based resources, age appropriate book lists, teachers guide, activities and resources.  


The American Institutes for Research

The Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice of the American Institutes for Research (AIR) sponsors a cultural competence web page which offers extensive information and helpful resources dedicated to cultural competence. Included are definitions; why cultural competence is important; related research; how cultural competence is integrated in education and how it benefits children; training announcements and web links; and online discussions.