Diversity and Healing Racism Resources

The resources identified in this section primarily target student activities and lesson plans to learn about diversity, healing racism and multiculturalism. There are some resources for staff background and development around these topics.

The KISA/KLC/KENT ISD Diversity and Healing Racism Initiative will update these resources. Please send your resource recommendations, with a 2 or 3 sentence description.

Send to Julie Mushing or phone 616-301-8847

Stop BULLYING Resources:

Start a Be Nice. Chapter at your school!  Be Nice is a mental health awareness, bullying and suicide prevention initiative that focuses on school-wide schange through simple, daily actions.

Guide to Bullying and Cyberbullying from OnlineSchools.org - Understanding Bullying and Ceyberbullying whether it's overtly aggressive or not, bullying is detrimental to students of all ages.  The various forms that bullying can take - verbal, soical, physical, and cyber - present different challenges, but all are ultimately harmful.

Resources from The Bullying Business - a list of resources compiled by Commercial Capital Training Group on the topic of Bullying.  Resource shared with me by students from Brenham Coummuity Center!   

edWeb.net Community - Stop Bullying (http://www.edweb.net/stopbullying) - Stop Bullying is a professional learning community (PLC) that is formulated to be a place where educators can share and learn about resources that will help them reduce the amount of bullying behaviors in their school.

NEA's Bully Free - It Starts With Me - The National Education Association brought together researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and other key education stakeholders to discuss and frame the critical role that school climate plays in the prevention of bullying.

Teaching Tolerance (http://www.tolerance.org/) Articles, web sites, books, etc. on bullying

Stop Bullying Now! (http://www.stopbullying.gov/): Take a Stand, Lend a Hand. Stop Bullying Now! Interactive for kids. Lots of resources to download or order. Developed by US Dept. of Health and Human Resources, etc.

Bullying Awareness Guidebook :  Students staying safe in school 

Not in our Town - Not in our Schools - Across the country, students and teachers are sharing stories, joining together and taking action to create safe schools, free from stereotypes, intolerance, and hate. They’re part of a movement called Not In Our School (NIOS). For more than a decade, Not In Our School has inspired students of all ages to develop and share innovative ways to resist bullying and promote an atmosphere of acceptance and inclusion.

Facing History and Ourselves Bullying Resource page - Bullying—repeated aggressive behavior with an intent to hurt another person physically, socially, or mentally—is characterized by an imbalance of power between an instigator and a victim. It may occur in schools, online, and many other settings, and may involve physical aggression, social exclusion, derogatory comments, spreading rumors, or racial or sexual stereotyping. Facing History and Ourselves provides a wealth of resources to help students and teachers explore the moral choices we face when confronted with bullying. To create safe schools, we need to think critically about the dynamics and impact of bullying in schools and communities, explore how young people and adults can stand up to this behavior, and learn how to prevent it.

The BULLY Project - Tools and Resources - At the heart of preventing bullying and cruelty is creating strong, caring school communities and families. The BULLY Project has partnered with a remarkable list of educational experts to help you along the way.

Crisis Prevention - School Bullying Resources and References - Developing an understanding of bullying and the facts and myths that surround it is critical to dealing effectively with bullying behaviors. Creating an emotionally and physically safe environment requires a coordinated effort among staff, family, the organization, and the community.

AAA State of Play Guide to Bullying Prevention - Bullying amongst children is a serious problem that is far too often written off as a rite of passage, or as "kids being kids." It is, however, a very dangerous form of aggression that causes injuries, fear, embarrassment, reduced self-esteem, and depression in the victim. Studies have shown that bullying occurs on the playground as often as every seven minutes. In the classroom, a child is bullied every twenty-five minutes. Even the Internet has turned into an instrument of aggression in the form of cyberbullying, which can take place at any time, day or night. Whether it occurs on the playground, in the classroom, or online, bullying can become so severe that some children may avoid going to school out of fear or embarrassment. In the most extreme cases, children have even committed suicide as a means to escape it. Despite its severity, little is done to put a stop it when it takes place. According to the National School Climate Center, eighty-five percent of the time there is no intervention from either other children or adults. Parents who understand bullying and the effect that it has on kids can make strides to prevent it from occurring.

No Name Calling Week (http://www.nonamecallingweek.org/): Coalition providing a kit on bullying targeting grades 5-8.

Center for Safe Schools (http://www.safeschools.info/) - For nearly two decades, the Center for Safe Schools has been committed to serving as a statewide clearinghouse for schools, law enforcement, parents and others on school safety and youth violence prevention.

National School Safety Center (http://www.schoolsafety.us/) - The National School Safety Center serves as an advocate for safe, secure and peaceful schools worldwide and as a catalyst for the prevention of school crime and violence. NSSC provides school communities and their school safety partners with quality information, resources, consultation, and training services.

Partners Against Hate (http://www.partnersagainsthate.org/) offers promising education and counterction strategies for young people and the wide range of community-based professionals who work and interact with youth, including parents, law enforcement officials, educators, and community/business leaders.

A Call to Stop Bullying (http://www.qualityansweringservice.com/call-stop-bullying) with resources for educators, students and parents on bullying and cyberbullying. This resource was shared by the students of Jefferson District Library in California!

I’ve seen many great LiveBinders published for educational purposes.  Thought people working on your districts or building anti-bullying initiatives might be interested in this one - Dawna Hatcher’s Bully Binder.

Crime Prevention for Kids and Child Safety - There are lots of things kids and parents can do to make sure they're aware of their safety and prevent crime from happening. By understanding how to stay safe at home, at school, and even online, kids can be better armed against potential criminals. Whether you are playing in the neighborhood, sitting in the comfort of your own home, or attending school, following some important safety tips can mean the difference between a normal day and a scary one. Dangers do not always occur in the form of crime, however. Fires, natural disasters, and even bullying from other classmates are also some things that kids should be aware of and know how to combat.

Home Security Tips, Crime Prevention and Home Safety by Home Advisor.  Resource shared by students at After School Care Program in Colorado!

Internet Safety for Kids - Internet safety for kids in today's connected world - for parents and kids! 

Protecting Children's Privacy - A Guide for Parents, Carergivers, and Educators.

A Student's Guide to Recognizing and Reporting Cyber Crime by Shield Law Criminal Devense.  Resource shared with me by Alaina, a student who is starting an Anti-Bullying Coalition at her school!

Bullying by the numbers: A Breakdown of Bullying Statistics and Facts from Wristband Resources


Teaching Tolerance - http://www.tolerance.org/ - Lesson plans, articles, links, free magazine and free video kits - super educational aid.

Tanenbaum - https://tanenbaum.org/ - Tanenbaum offers real world solutions to real world problems: religious discrimination and hate.

Racial Equity Toolshttp://www.racialequitytools.org/ - Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large...

MI Toolkithttp://www.mitoolkit.org/index.php/focus - MI Toolkit is a monthly webzine and toolkit that offers information and resources on improving student achievement.

Martin Luther King, Jr - http://www.thekingcenter.org/

Peace Maker Site - http://www.peacemaker.st/

peacefirst - http://www.peacefirst.org/ - Call for young people across the globe to stand up and come together and enguage fully, collectively, and purposefully to inprove the world around them.

British Columbia Teacher's Federation - http://www.bctf.ca/ (lesson plans and resources)

Peace Corps /World Wise Schools - www.peacecorps.gov/wws (free lesson plans for all levels about diversity with a global perspective.

Learning to Give - http://www.learningtogive.org/ - Educating youth about the importance of giving their time, talent, and treasure for the common good.

Annenberg Classroom - http://www.annenbergclassroom.org/ (lesson plans on social issues)

PBS LearningMedia - http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/ Discussion guidelines and lesson plans

Civil Rights Lesson Plans (coordinates with recommended book "Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching"): http://www.civilrightsteaching.org/

Separate is Not Equal: www.trincoll.edu/depts/educ/brown

Brown v. Board of Education by Landmark Case: http://www.landmarkcases.org/ (wonderful resource for teachers, different reading levels, lesson plans, background information, etc.)

Islamic Networks Group (http://www.ing.org/) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to counter prejudice and discrimination against American Muslims by teaching about their traditions and contributions in the context of America’s history and cultural diversity, while building relations between American Muslims and other groups. Founded in 1993, ING achieves its mission through education and community engagement.

Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation, Inc.:  http://www.facing.org/ (provides a range of resources - printed, network-based, speakers bureau, videotapes - to confront racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism in schools and wider society)

Action Without Bordershttp://www.idealist.org/ connects people, organizations and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives.

Building Equalityhttp://www.buildingequality.us/ Studying hate, prejudice, & oppression. Long & varied list of websites for building equality

United Nations Cyberschoolbus:  https://www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/ - Ethnic and Racial Discrimination lesson plans (as well as a multitude of diverse programs).

ADL - Combating Hate - resources on Hate Crimes law and legislation 

Preventing Hate Crimes -  Grabel & Associates have a website with resources about Hate Crimes (as well as a great menu of other resources).

Hate Crimes Guide - from Injury Claim Coach; empowering injured victims