"We should urge our students to see through many differences amongst nations and cultures and look at the aspirations and wisdom common to all of us as human beings."—Jing Lin (in Transforming Education for Peace, 2008, p. 313)

Antibias, Antibullying, Character, & Conflict Resolution Resources

Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect & Responsibility)
The center was founded by renowned character educator Thomas Lickona to promote both moral and performance character.  Teachers may find it helpful to start with the following links to get background in such topics as cooperative education, teacher as role model, etc.

  • Smart & Good Schools details the study by Dr. Tom Lickona and Dr. Matt Davidson of schools that promote excellence and ethics.  Numerous teaching and school climate ideas are presented in their readable and inspiring report, available as a free resource.
  • 12-point Comprehensive Approach offers useful explanations and strategies for modeling character, setting up cooperative education, promoting ethical reflection, etc. 

Cooperative Children’s Book Center-CCBC (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
The CCBC site features resources such as titles of “multicultural books every teen should know,” challenged books, discussions of intellectual freedom, and trends in books.  This is a valuable resource for teachers, students, and parents.

Edutopia Social and Emotional Learning
Edutopia pages and videos are offered by The George Lucas Educational Foundation, which “is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating for innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives.”  At the social-emotional learning link, you can read interviews and more importantly, view videos such as these, showing programs and activities every teacher can employ to build caring classroom communities.  Get a cup of tea and take time to watch these videos and read Linda Lantieri’s interview about mindfulness!  Many more wonderful resources are available from Edutopia.

Exploring Humanitarian Law: 
It seems counter-intuitive to teach rules of war if we want peace.  However, this well-developed and extensive matrix of curriculum materials provides opportunities to teach about concepts of human dignity in war and peace, school and community bullying and bystander dilemmas, and global humanitarian actions.  As the Red Cross materials explain, “Humanitarian law is a body of international law that aims to protect human dignity during armed conflict and to prevent or reduce the suffering and destruction that results from war.”  Learning about international humanitarian law can promote critical thinking, empathy, and action.

Facing History and Ourselves
Facing History and Ourselves believes that “education is the key to combating bigotry and nurturing democracy.”  Examples of genocide and mass violence are studied to help students and teachers “learn to combat prejudice with compassion, indifference with participation, and myth and misinformation with knowledge.”

A project of What Kids Can Do, these pages describe issues for first-generation college students.  Some shoulder financial and family responsibilities that make their college years “atypical.”  Videos can help foster class discussion, planning, and respect for all students thinking of college, whether first generation or not.

Hague Appeal for Peace
This link leads to downloadable pdfs of peace and conflict resolution curricula, including Peace Lessons from Around the World, Peace and Disarmament Education, Time to Abolish War, and Learning to Abolish War.  Lessons are global in nature and appropriate for a variety of age groups and settings.

It Gets Better Project 
The It Gets Better Project was started in September 2010 by author Dan Savage “to inspire hope for young people facing harassment….  Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, leading them to feel like they have nowhere to turn. This is especially true for LGBT kids and teens, who often hide their sexuality for fear of bullying.”  Since inception, it has inspired thousands of known and unknown, gay and straight participants to create videos to assure young people that—although life may be hard now… “It gets better.”  Videos can spark class discussions, writing and video projects, and antibullying efforts.

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
The organization founded by Dr. Dan Olweus, internationally recognized expert on bullying and its prevention provides useful information for teachers.  Find such topics as recognizing bullying, cyberbullying, and more.

Jeremy Gilley founded Peace One Day to promote an international day of cease fire and bring life to the United Nations designated day of peace, September 21.  His film about the process of working to achieve that goal is compelling for young people and is available free.  After registration, the website also offers a free, detailed, and rich peace education curriculum with opportunities for action.  The mission states, “Peace One Day Education aims to advance active learning in the areas of conflict resolution, global citizenship, human rights and the link between sustainability and peace, using Peace Day 21 September as a focus.”  Great resources!

PeaceJam is an organization that brings young people and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates together to work on peace projects. Their excellent website provides biographies, speeches, videos, and background information on the 12 Laureates who work with PeaceJam. These include Oscar Arias, the Dalai Lama, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Rigoberta Menchu Tum. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Betty Williams.  Curricular materials available after registration are based on the stories of the laureates and their work with youth to build stronger communities and solve local and global problems.  Social action project information abounds.

Southern Poverty Law Center
“The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society....”  SPLC lawsuits have bankrupted organizations promoting institutional racism.  Find films, maps locating hate groups, and news articles at this site.  See Teaching Tolerance (below) for more SPLC initiatives.

Teaching Tolerance
A program of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance “is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation's children.”  Subscribe to the free magazine and use the site’s numerous and outstanding resources.  Highlights include:

  • Antibullying Guidelines for Teachers: Tips for teachers and students, activities, and curricular ideas abound on these pages
  • Bullied: Free video and teaching resources on bullying.  Resources on the page include statistics about bullying.
  • Mix It Up at Lunch Day: “Mix It Up seeks to break down the barriers between students and improve intergroup relations so there are fewer misunderstandings that can lead to conflicts, bullying and harassment.”
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