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ERIC Number: EJ1007010
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1066-2847
Perspectives for a Diverse America
Koenig, Darlene
Teaching Tolerance, v52 n43 p21-23 Spr 2013
Lauren Gallant is committed to making social justice issues part of her U.S. history teaching. An avid user of Teaching Tolerance materials, she's always in search of tools "that help illuminate the subject matter and the human condition." But the Simi Valley High School, Calif., teacher has a typical challenge: There is little time for "extras" while working to meet state and district goals. And she's currently in the middle of training on the Common Core State Standards. Adopted by 45 of the 50 states, the standards are to be formally implemented by 2015. Teaching Tolerance is stepping up to meet that challenge. Next fall, it will launch "Perspectives for a Diverse America"--a literacy-based, K-12 anti-bias curriculum that pairs the relevance of multicultural content with the rigor of the Common Core standards. The free, web-based curriculum will include the following components: (1) Anti-bias standards--the first of their kind--that are grouped into the perspectives of identity, diversity, justice and action; (2) An anthology of central texts--nonfiction essays and speeches, literature, songs, video clips and maps--that will help students consider and challenge multiple points of view; and (3) An integrated learning plan that offers flexible components for teaching the texts. Teachers will be able to choose and download options for vocabulary development, reading comprehension, discussion, persuasive writing and social action. These parts of the learning plan align to the Common Core anchor standards of language, reading, writing, speaking and listening.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; United States