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How teachers can help kids find their political voices - Sydney Chaffee

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Social justice belongs in our schools, says educator Sydney Chaffee. In a bold TEDx talk, she shows how teaching students to engage in activism helps them build important academic and life skills -- and asks us to rethink how we can use education to help kids find their voices.

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Teaching Tolerance

“Teaching Tolerance offers teachers free resources, including frameworks, lesson plans and professional development videos, aimed at justice and equity in education. This website is my first stop when I need ideas to help my students grapple with complex and challenging current events.”

The Choices Program

“The Choices Program curricula center on historical moments when people had to make difficult choices; most culminate in a classroom role play where students take on historical identities. I love this method for helping students make connections between history and their own lives.”


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