Sensitive Issues

October 30, 2017

In this activity, students consider, together and in small groups, what kind of environment allows sexual harassment and abuse to persist –  and what we can do to challenge such an environment.  

May 12, 2017

Recently in a circle, we had a very “heavy” sharing.  I was struggling to balance respectfully listening and appreciating participants' sharing and reflections. Then it got even heavier. When the talking piece got back to me, I acknowledged the heaviness in the room and suggested that we reflect on...

April 23, 2017

What led to the firing of Bill O'Reilly, Fox News' top host? Students explore the issue with a quiz, reading, and discussion.  

October 11, 2016

Updated: The presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on October 9, 2016, raised some important but difficult issues about sexism and sexual assault. In this activity, students learn about and discuss the controversy, hear and discuss Michelle Obama's comments about it, share...

July 9, 2016

This activity acknowledges the painful feelings surrounding the killings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas, and points the way to positive action.  

July 8, 2016

Here are some basic questions to help students share thoughts and feelings about an upsetting event, and additional guidance.

June 13, 2016

This listening circle on the tragic shooting in Orlando on June 12, 2016, gives young people a chance to share what they are thinking and feeling, encouraging mutual understanding and support.  

March 22, 2016

These guidelines, which we developed following last year's Paris attacks, may be helpful in the wake of the recent violence in Brussels.   

December 8, 2015

This activity is part of the Anti-Defamation League's Table Talk series, which provides conversation starters, questions, and resources for parents to talk with their children about current events.   

November 16, 2015

This activity uses tweets to help cultivate caring and compassion in the wake of terrorist attacks on Paris and elsewhere.  Please also see these general guidelines for discussing these upsetting events.