Teaching to a Diverse Classroom Guide to Online Schools
The Equity Center
The mission of the Equity Center of the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratories is to help public school personnel embrace the key concepts of equity and eliminate bias and discrimination (overt or subtle, unconscious or intentional, personal or institutional) in their day-to-day activities.
American Civil Liberties Union
An electronic resource providing vast information on every topic related to diversity.
16 Elements of Effective Teacher Education for Diversity
Kenneth M. Zeichner (1993) wrote Educating Teachers for Cultural Diversity (NCRTL Special Report) and included his 16 elements. This webpage accesses a thorough explanation of these 16 elements.
Teaching Young Children to Resist Bias
The early years are the time to begin helping children form strong, positive self-images and grow up to respect and get along with people who are different from themselves. If we want children to like themselves and value diversity, we must learn how to help them resist the biases and prejudices that are still far too prevalent in our society.
Center for Multilingual Multicultural Research
The Center is an organized research unit at the University of Southern California, facilitating the research collaboration, dissemination and professional development activities of faculty, students, and others across School of Education, university and outside organizational lines.
American Forum for Global Education Newsletter
This site deals with important issues that concern educators and education policy makers. It also talks about the way schools are dealing with these issues.
Center for Multilingual/Multicultural Research
This site provides relevant articles, links and resources for Multilingual and Multicultural Research.
Electronic Magazine of Multicultural Education
This online E-magazine publishes writings with respect to multicultural education, which include instructional ideas, reviews of literary and multimedia resources; and scholarly articles.
National Association for Multicultural Education Washington, DC
This site has immense resources with respect to Multicultural Education. There are tools for aiding teachers in developing a curriculum that is multicultural.
Diversity Web, an interactive resource hub for Higher Education
This site provides online discussion forums. Resources on Diversity Web are organized around seven Campus Diversity Priorities.
Teaching tolerance is a National Project for helping teachers foster Equity, Understanding and respect in classrooms and beyond. This site provides free or low-cost resources to educators and funding as well. It also provides a review of the latest and best multicultural education materials.
Over 1000 different links to over a hundred countries to view topics concerning anti-racism.
United Nations World Wide Web Project
Peace Education Now and a growing number of educational and service organizations are using electronic networking to create a gift of peace education in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations.
Multicultural Education and the Internet
Contains a tool for evaluation of the Multiculturalism and the World Wide Web: commentary on the "multicultural-ness" of the World Wide Web; how to evaluate websites from a multicultural perspective; a check-list to evaluate education websites from a multicultural approach.
Megasite for social studies teachers and others providing electronic resources under a variety of categories related to diversity.
Adversity Net: For Victims of Preferential Treatment
This site invites discussion of reverse discrimination and supports fair and equal treatment under the law without regard to race, and without racial preferences. The organization opposes racial discrimination against anyone, including racial discrimination against non-minorities and provides information and assistance to victims of reverse discrimination.
Pathways to School Improvement
Pathways is a website which was designed primarily to help school improvement teams as they progress through the phases of the School Improvement Cycle down a path towards meaningful engaged learning.
Teacher Talk Homepage
This is a site designed especially for pre-service teachers preparing to teach in the secondary schools. It contains practical information, strategies and suggestions for those preparing to teach secondary students. Much of the information provided is related to diversity in the classroom.
African Americans in science: Books for young readers
Just Us Books. (1995). What is an authentic multicultural book?
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Facts for Families
The AACAP is a national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders. Links are provided which supply assistance to children and their families.
The Black Community's Crusade for Children
Coordinated nationally by the Children's Defense Fund, the BCCC seeks to: enrich the lives of black children through involvement of the black community, younger and older, involve black leaders in the future success of the young, and to "identify, train, nurture, link, and empower a new generation of effective Black servant-leaders younger than 30."
Children's Defense Fund (CDF)
The posted mission of CDF is to "Leave No Child Behind" and to "ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities." Links available to help children get that start in life.
Children's Rights Council (CRC)
The CRC is a national organization whose mission is to assure children meaningful and continuing contact with both of their parents and extended family regardless of the parents' marital status.
Child Rights Information Network
CRIN is a global network of organizations sharing their experiences of information on children's rights. Their site offers quick access to important documentation and information on selected topics related to children's rights around the world.
The Future of Children
Links to journal articles written on major issues related to children's well being, such as children's health issues, child abuse and neglect, providing adequate and appropriate child care and education, etc.
The UNICEF International Child Development Centre
UNICEF has a compelling mandate—"to act as an advocate for the protection of children's rights; to help meet their basic needs; and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential." The UNICEF International Child Development Centre (ICDC) in Florence, Italy, is an international knowledge base and training centre focusing on the rights of children.
Arizona's Child Abuse Infocenter
The InfoCenter acts as a clearinghouse for information, consultations, and training opportunities for professionals dealing with child abuse issues throughout Arizona including the unique issues of children with disabilities and special health care needs.
Voices of Youth
This website focuses on discrimination against children in many forms.
Americans for a Society Free From Age Restrictions (ASFAR)
ASFAR is an organization that is dedicated to protecting and advancing the legal civil rights of youth. ASFAR fights the voting age, curfew laws, and other laws that limit the freedom of young people.
Association for Children's Suffrage (ACS)
A student organization that's challenge the voting age through lobbying, public meeting, and media. It contains support documentation for this effort as well as ideas and activities related to the topic.
Discrimination Against Youth
There are rising levels of discrimination against youth, in attitudes, in housing, in public businesses. Resources related to this type of discrimination are presented.
Useful information on common teenage issues can be obtained at this site. It includes writings on teens by teens
The Open Door
Many youth feel discriminated against due to their age in places where they visit, shop, seek health care, and recreate. This site explores this topic and adds links to similar resources.
A resource providing links to resources specifically against spanking, and other forms of corporal punishment in the schools, including journal and newspaper articles, reader responses, stories and testimonials, associations, research results, etc.
Youthwork Links and Ideas
A site for people who work with youth and for youth themselves.
Youth in Action Network
Youth in Action Network is an interactive online service for youth, educators, organization members and classrooms who want to learn about, and participate in, positive social action and service projects
The mission of this website is to "contribute to the creation of an international community that offers opportunities and higher standards of living for people of all ages." This site offers information and policy considerations on ageism.
Elder Abuse and Neglect
Contains definitions and warning signs of elder abuse and neglect including physical, sexual, emotional abuse, neglect and financial exploitation
This is a comprehensive megasite for on eldercare issues ElderWeb is an on-line sourcebook with multiple reviewed links to information about health, financing, housing, aging, and other issues related to the care of the elderly.
The mission of the Gray Panthers is to advocate and educate for social change by addressing issues such as national health care, job, social security, housing, sustainable environment, education, and peace.
International Year of Older Persons
The year 1999 is the International Year of the Older Person. This site links to information, events and issues regarding the older person internationally.
The Foundation for Grandparenting
The Foundation For Grandparenting is dedicated to raising "grandparent Consciousness" and "grandparent identity". Through education, research, programs, communication, and networking, they promote the involvement of grandparents as agents of positive change for families and society.
Information and Resources for Grandparents and Grandchildren
Includes information on an issue that is becoming more and more widespread, i.e. grandparents raising their grandchildren.
TECA: Parents' Toolbox
This page has information for parents regarding their child's education.
National Institute on Aging: What is your Aging IQ?
A questionnaire to reflect the reader's attitudes about aging—to differentiate fact from stereotype.
Finding Common Ground
Finding Common Ground is a website that the authors suggest will be most useful to those school leaders and parents who understand the vital importance of achieving new solutions to old debates about religion and public education". The site provides rationale, resources and guidelines for including the discussion of religion in public school classrooms, particularly in U.S. and World History Classes. It also includes commentary on religious holidays in public schools, when and how they should be discussed; it raises the topic of singing sacred music and the use of religious symbols in the classroom.
free! The Freedom Forum Online
This site is an interactive daily newsletter that discusses issues related to freedom of religion and other first amendment rights.
The Case Against School Prayer
This brochure was produced by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. In order to combat the growing influence of the Religious Right, this brochure is being mailed to schools, school districts and state Secretaries of Education across the country.
World Religion Resources
Among the best resources concerning world religion on the Internet and growing diversity of the U.S. can be found at this site, with a special view to its new immigrant religious.
A Parent's Guide to Religion in the Public Schools
Information provided by "Finding Common Ground" for parents which discusses Religious Liberty and Public Schools, Student Religious Expression including Student Prayer and Baccalaureate Services. It contains guidelines on Teaching about Religion and the celebration of Religious Holidays in the public school, and more.
Rationale and Guidelines for Teaching about Religion
The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) states that knowledge about religion is a characteristic of an educated person. They maintain that it is absolutely necessary for understanding and living in a world of diversity. NCSS provides guidelines and suggestion for how this study can take place in the public school system.
Religion in the Curriculum
This site describes and justifies using religion in the curriculum of primary grades. In the primary/elementary levels natural opportunities arise in discussions of families and community life and instruction of festivals and different cultures. The entire report describes laws, rationales, and resources.
Finding God in Cyberspace: A Guide to Religious Studies Resources on the Internet
This megasite contains internet tools for finding religious studies teaching resources in the form of print and digital resources as well as human resources. Also is included a gateway to subject resources organized by academic disciplines and to subject resources organized by religious traditions.
Mysticism in World Religions
Multiple links are provided to information about: Jewish and Christian Mysticism as well as Islamic Mysticism (also known as Sufism), Buddhist, Hindu and Taoist Mysticism
Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Provides access to information on Christian and non-Christian religions. The authors make every attempt to accurate in their descriptions of both conservative, liberal, and other belief systems and inclusive, describing all sides of each issue presented.
Spirituality and Consciousness
This is a WWW virtual library of information religion. Timeless questions are considered, such as: "What is religion?, "What is Spirituality?", "What is truth?". Many spiritual links are supplied by the authors.
Provides hypertext links to general electronic resources on world religions and additional rescues on specific belief systems such as: Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism and the Tao, Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, Islam and Sufism and Judaism.
Non-Christian Faith Groups and Ethical Systems
Link to a megasite that provides resources on non-Christian faith groups and ethical systems
American Social Indicators
This site offers current social class research to the student. Primary areas for discussion include indicators, questions, and discussion. The section on indicators is a nice example of hypertext and a statistical review of social class.
Bibliography on Class
Albert Benschop of the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam has compiled a very extensive bibliography on social class. None of the entries are in hypertext.
Critical Issue: Realizing New Learning for All Students through Professional Development
Educators are increasingly realizing the impact of community involvement in teaching and learning. Culture assumes various definitions in the educational literature. This site is an important resource for assisting educators to communicate with adults of several social classes in the reform of public education.
One of the newest innovations of Disney is the construction of Celebration, a planned community near Orlando. This web site will provide some connection with other sites on the subject of social class. Included in the site are some online essays on the development and construction of Celebration and a very nice photo gallery.
Homeless in America
A serious overview of homelessness. This page discusses the new poverty, homelessness, families, veterans, joblessness, chemical dependency, mental illness, domestic violence, health, and education.
"The Plain People"
The Amish are a religious group who live in 22 U.S. states and in Ontario, Canada. This is an excellent page on the culture of the Amish, the Mennonites, the Brethren, and the other "Plain People" which contains some very good photos and is very descriptive of the "plain people." This page may reflect a different dimension of discussions on social class
Social Class in Contemporary Societies
Social Class in contemporary societies is an electronic medium for scholars to discuss social class. An article index (hypertext) is provided, and a relevant set of links are also provided.
This site list three ways of viewing social stratification: three class system, six class system, and the nine class system. Max Weber's concepts of power, wealth, and prestige are discussed.
Social Class and Poverty
This is an Allyn and Bacon commercial site. This page has numerous links, and is categorized as follows: general sites on social class and poverty, the homeless, and hunger.
Social Class and Stratification
Sociology 401/501—This page is a syllabus for a class on social class and stratification. This syllabus is a good introduction to these two concepts.
The Underclass and the Culture of Poverty
This site provides for a discussion of both concepts, underclass and culture of poverty. These concepts are reviewed from several sociological perspectives.
WWW Virtual Library: Sociology
This is a very serious web site for the study of social class as well as many other issues in sociology. This is truly a megasite for students of sociology.
Working Definition of Gender Equity in Education
This website offers a working definition of gender equity in education.
Ideas for Integrating Women of NASA into your Curriculum
This page suggests ideas to integrate the Women of NASA interactive project into teaching and learning.
All One Heart, "Promoting Diversity Tolerance Through Education"
Discusses issues regarding tolerance of all races and genders.
Advancing Women: Women's Role in Education
This article discusses the facts that the teaching profession is predominately female and that the beginning salaries are lower than those for any other field requiring a bachelors degree. It goes on to propose that the few men in the school system dominate and exercise the control.
American Association of University Women
This national organization has as it mission to promote education and equity for all women and girls. Their website is a source of current research on gender equity, such as the gender gap which exists in our schools, single-sex education for females, sexual harassment in the school hallways. It also contains information on implications for educators, for parents and for the females themselves.
The Girl Child
This site focuses on providing information about discrimination against girls at all ages of development
InGear: Integrating Gender Equity and Reform
Despite significant progress over the past decade, the low level of participation by women in areas of science, engineering and mathematics continues to be a national concern. Between now and the year 2000, nearly two-thirds of all new entrants in the work force will be women, but current trends indicate that disproportionately few of these women will pursue advanced degrees or professional careers in science, math or engineering.
American Association of Affirmative Action
The American Association for Affirmative Action is a professional association for affirmative action, equal opportunity, diversity and human resources professionals and is dedicated to the elimination of discrimination on the basis of race, gender.
Women Leaders Online and Women Organizing for Change
The organization's goal is to build a network of one million women and men to empower women in politics, society, the economy, the media, and cyberspace. They feel that if they have a million members, women will finally have some clout! The website provides connections to various sources of information about women's rights.
Women of Color Resource Center
The Women of Color Resource Center (WCRC), with the aim of developing a firm, institutional foundation for social change activism by and on behalf of women of color, presents links to sites of interest on topics of social change related to economic inequity, racial discrimination, and sexism.
Women Watch: The UN Internet Gateway on the Advancement and Empowerment of Women
Access to "The UN Working for Women", "UN Global Conferences and Women", "Women of the World" which includes regional plans of action for women's advancement and empowerment; statistical information and various other Internet resources on women. Connections to other sources of international and national interest available, including on-line conferences and listservs.
Many links to multiple sites for social studies teachers and others on Women's Issues.
Sexual Abuse of Males
Resources, info, and support for male survivors of incest and sexual abuse.
Men's Issues in Academia
Issues relating to males in education, such as the gender gap in education, i.e., the under-representation of males pursuing education as a career and other related issues.
Men's Issues Links
An electronic link to websites on men's issues, such as: dispelling gender myths, inequities in the judicial against men, etc. Also provides links to men's magazines and organizations.
National Organization for Men against Sexism Website
The National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) is an activist organization of men and women supporting positive changes for men. NOMAS advocates a pro-feminist, gay affirmative, anti-racist perspective which is committed to justice on a broad range of social issues including class, age, religion, and physical abilities. The organization maintains that the ultimate expression of what it means to be "male" is to endeavor to make this nation's ideals of equality substantive.
On-line Commentaries on Men in Teaching:
Center on Fathering
Organization supporting the involvement of fathers in the lives of their children. Links to legal topics and practical topics, as well as other father-friendly sites.
Choice for Men
"Choice for Men" is a cause supporting the idea that a man has the right to make the decision whether or not to terminate his parental rights and responsibilities (not a court, as in adoption). It gives men a right that women have had since 1973 and Roe v. Wade...to decline parenthood. It also permits men to plan their families free from government intrusion.
Fatherhood and Fatherlessness
Many articles are stated in which deal with these topics. One article describes why children need their father. It also gives detail of fatherlessness.
For Fathers, Separated. Divorced, Non-custodial
The purpose of the Website is to validate the feelings felt by fathers not living with their children and to affirm the conviction that a father can still say involved in their children's lives, even though not present in the children's home. Weblinks to other sites providing information and support on joint parenting are available.
National Fatherhood Initiative (NFl)
The mission of NFl is to improve the well-being of children by increasing the number of children growing up with loving, committed and responsible fathers involved in their children's lives.
Fathers and Families
A Massachusetts based non-profit organization advocating for the right of every child to have two parents regardless of divorce or separation.
Action Guide for Girl's Education
This is a network of volunteer groups of teachers, parents, writers, sociologists, and academicians dedicated to raising awareness of educational access and equity for girls around the world. There is a commitment to closing the gender gap-the predominance of boys over girls.
Beyond Pink and Blue
This website discusses the traditional male and female colors and toys. They give examples of advertisements and marketing techniques that show how certain colors and toys are assigned to boys or girls.
Colors, Toys, and the Invisible Sexism
Pictures that propose that the use of bright primary colors traditionally used in preschool setting is biased towards boys. This website advocates the integration of light pastel colors in the classroom.
Design Your Future: Math, Science and Technology for Girls
Generally, girls interests wanes in 5th or 6th grade for science and math, lower opportunities for them to pursue careers in the underrepresented areas. "Design Your Future: Math, Science, and Technology for Girls" is an educational initiative to support and encourage girls in pursuing careers in Math, Science and technology.
Expect the Best from a Girl—That's What You'll Get
This site supports a national campaign for educational equity for girls in their early teens; includes links to programs, career resources advice for parents and educators, etc.
Family Education Network (FEN)
This is a search engine that accesses information on parenting issues in raising open minded, empathetic children and teaching them an understanding of differences among people. This site also involves current topics to choose from; preschool & younger, Elementary school, Middle school, High school, and beyond.
Girlstart Home Page
The mission of this resource is to encourage girls (particularly middle school) in math, science, engineering and technology through hands-on activities and role models. The organization attempts to provide strategies and resources to encourage young women to pursue their education and careers in science, math and engineering.
Snips, Snails, and Puppy Dog Tails, Girls and Boys
This site gives information about various differences between girls and boys. It also gives advice on parenting babies and toddlers, both male and female.