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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

Exploring the Indian Boarding School Movement
May 14, 2015   9:00 am -3:30 pm The National Museum of the American Indian–New York
One Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004
$10 fee includes lunch and materials.

What is the legacy of the Indian Boarding School Movement? Together we will examine the complex issues of identity as owned by one group and perceived by others. We will consider case studies of two of the first all-Indian boarding schools, Richard Pratt's Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, and the Thomas Indian School in New York, and their attempts to “Americanize” Native American students. Questions of cultural genocide will be introduced, as well as the legacy of historical trauma and its impact on Native American communities.

The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War
June 5, 2015 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Asia Society
725 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021
$10 fee includes lunch and a copy of The Nanjing Atrocities resource.

What is the relationship between war and war crimes? On December 13, 1937, Nanjing, then capital of China, fell to the Japanese Imperial Army. Thousands of civilians and soldiers were massacred, mass rape and murder of thousands of women occurred, and homes throughout the city were looted and burned. Much of the city was destroyed. Through the study of primary source documents, films, and our new resource, The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War, and stories of survivors and rescuers, we will examine the events leading to the siege of Nanjing, the choices individuals and groups make during moments of collective violence, and the enduring legacies of the atrocities in Nanjing. By inviting educators to a critical analysis of and ethical reflection on one case of mass atrocities committed in the 20th century, we hope to model a pedagogical approach to teaching difficult histories — histories that raise ethical and moral questions about humanity’s capacity for violence, as well as its capacity for empathy.


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.