A Culture of Respect Challenges Students to Connect

How can you create your own Challenge Day in your school? Start by getting students involved. Making time for a Challenge or Unity Day is one way to create a welcoming classroom where students feel valued, respected and appreciated.

On this site, in the complimentary resource, “Bridge Builder Unity Day” you are provided with activities to prepare students to become advocates for a more inclusive world.

Be Civil!

Being open to different kinds of people and ideas help students maintain open minds and get along in a diverse society.

One of the difficulties teachers face in the classroom is that we as a society are not modeling for young people how to have vigorous conversations, even debates, about significant social and political issues. In this RaceBridges Resource, you’ll find a classroom activity, some “lesson plan starters” to practice civil engagement, further resources, and some ideas and thoughts to help inspire you on the journey.

Create a Welcoming School

This resource offers suggestions to make the entire school a more “accessible” and welcoming place to all students. It takes committed teachers to encourage and shape our schools to be welcoming and open.

Giving it Back: Service Learning in Your Classroom

Service Learning combines academic classroom curriculum with meaningful service in the community. It’s a way of teaching, learning and reflecting that aims to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and encourage lifelong civic engagement.

Keep the Peace!

Small changes can make a big difference in creating safe and welcoming communities. This resource offers strategies for the entire school from administrators to teachers to students understand prejudice and violence, de-escalating tense situations and methods to create community building.

Seeking Harmony

Curious about the how and why to start and sustain a diversity club for middle or high school students? This resource focuses on how to create a club that brings together all kinds of students to address issues of diversity and to create a welcoming, inclusive school climate.

Storytelling : A Toolkit for Bridging Differences and Creating Community

Sharing life stories allows us to see in new ways, grapple with new ideas, and grow into more respectful and compassionate people. Use this resource with students from middle school through college or with members of your church or community group. The activities in the resource can be completed all at once or broken up over several meetings.

The Power of Storytelling

Stories do so much more than merely entertain; they can boost brainpower, build bridges, and even impart a little wisdom. If you need a reminder about the power and promise of storytelling, here are seven wonderful—and maybe even surprising—reasons to make stories part of your teaching toolbox...

Theatre Games

These games and exercises are for teachers and leaders to assist them in building community in classrooms and schools. These easy to follow warm-up games are used in the theatre arts world. They can be easily adapted in a variety of ways in learning environments and students organizations.

What’s Racism Got to Do with Me? How Our History and Context Shape Us and Others

This lesson plan also seeks to help students understand how history influences the present and to be open to the complexity of societal structures, historical causes, and environmental context both in their own lives and in the lives of other individuals and groups. While this lesson focuses on race, class, and gender, the basic principles in these activities apply to any situation that can be analyzed for cause and effect. The skills practiced in these activities will help students think through their own and others’ initial responses and engage in more thoughtful analysis of a situation instead of jumping to conclusions.