February 10, 2019

The current political crisis over Virginia’s governor and attorney general appearing in blackface raises many opportunities for learning, including about aspects of our nation’s history of racism. These issues require ongoing attention and deep exploration far beyond this news cycle. Here are some...

November 13, 2018

Four tips from Morningside Center Staff Developer Amy Fabrikant on how to create a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ students, and all students, going forward.

January 31, 2016

In January 2016, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced its Oscar Award nominations. For the second year in a row, no actors of color were nominated. This has led to controversy about racial inequality in the film industry. In this lesson, students learn about the controversy...

September 19, 2015

Students share their thoughts and feelings about the experience of Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old boy, a Muslim, who was arrested when school staff feared that the clock he had constructed and brought to school was a bomb.  Students read and discuss tweets from #IStandwithAhmed and view a brief video...

September 13, 2015

Students learn about the debate in Europe over how to handle the current influx of refugees, consider the difference between refugees and migrants, and reflect on a poem by one former refugee.  

March 29, 2015

In this brief lesson, students consider competing rights, including the right not to be discriminated against vs. the right of religious freedom.  

March 11, 2015

Students consider anti-Semitism through reading, discussing, and writing about a recent controversial incident at UCLA.  

June 5, 2014

Students learn about the history of discrimination against LGBTQ people in the U.S., and about why June is Gay Pride Month. They explore gay rights movement history, learn about LGBTQ trailblazers, and consider the important role of allies. 

January 29, 2014

Two lessons use a Championship Game conflict between the Seahawks' Richard Sherman and 49ers player Michael Crabtree as a taking off point. In Lesson 1, students consider emotional triggers and how to handle them.  In Lesson 2, students look critically at how the public and the media reacted to the...

December 6, 2013

Two student readings examine the history of stop and frisk and the debate surrounding this policing practice.