Prejudice Reduction

Prejudices are preconceived and ingrained ideas and opinions about others. These resources are meant to aid students in inspecting and challenging their own prejudices.

This video features middle school students talking about their identity and stereotypes others have about them. 


Sticks and Stones Video Series

The following series of videos, created by Western Justice Center, provides the history of words that have been used to harm groups of people.  

"N Word"

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Mulatto, a personal reflection

This video, created by Western Justice Center, shares how use of one of the words has negatively affected someone.

"F Word"

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Empathy Building

Empathy is the ability to understand the feelings of others. Use these resources to help develop a more respectful and understanding school environment by building empathy in students.

Intergroup Relations

Use these resources to avoid tensions and build strong relationships among diverse students, educators and other school community members. 

  • Activity Guide: Stereotype Pool - This activity features a video called Dissolving Stereotypes and can be used with students to explore experiences with stereotypes, hurtful words and ways to “dissolve” the hurt caused..
  • The Anti-Defamation League - This page provides lots of resources on anti-bias education and building schools that are inclusive and respectful.
  • Not in Our Schools - This website is part of Not in Our Town and offers several lesson plans on how to make schools inclusive for all the people on campus.
  • Reaching Across Boundaries: Talk to Create Change - This document provides guidance on having students discuss differences with one another in safe and respectful ways.
  • - This website was created by The Southern Poverty Law Center with activities and other resources, including curriculum ideas.

This video provides step-by-step information on how to start a Gay-Straight Alliance at your school.  

LGBT+ Issues

Help Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Queer students feel welcome and safe in your school.

  • ACLU - This website has lots of resources on how to make school safer and more inclusive for LGBT students.
  • GLSEN - This website has lots of information and resources on how to make schools safe and welcoming for LGBT students.
  • How to Start a GSA - This guide was created by Western Justice Center for potential club advisors.
  • Local School Climate Survey - This school climate survey by GLSEN is meant to be conducted at school sites.
  • Welcoming Schools - This website has lots of resources for responding to instances of bias in elementary school classrooms, including lessons, videos, and recommended books.
  • What Do You Say to That's So Gay - These tips provide guidance on how to respond when students say, "That's so gay.”

Benefits of GSAs

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Educators who are culturally responsive proactively learn about the cultures of their students and tailor their teaching accordingly. This includes connecting students' cultural backgrounds with academic teachings.

  • The Equality Alliance - This website explains why it is important to be culturally responsive in teaching, and provides information on how teachers can become more culturally responsive.
  • The NEA - This website provides tips on how to be more culturally responsive in teaching.

Gender Equity

The resources here will help you and your students be mindful of fair and equitable treatment among genders. Identify and address instances of imbalance or different treatment based on gender.

  • Ban Bossy - This page provides tips on how to promote gender equity in classrooms.