Lessons and activities

Brotherhood/Sister Sol
Curriculum has the “flava, power and demonstrated street cred” to transform young people through a thorough exploration of community, culture, history — and self.

Education for Liberation Network
Interactive database of liberatory curricula.

Institute for Humane Education
Lesson plans and resources on human rights, environmental justice and animal rights. Searchable by age level, subject, and format.

Lesson Planet
Teacher-reviewed K-12 educational resources. Myriad lessons and activities based on John Dewey’s educational approach. Free 10-day trial, $24 annual fee.

Morningside Center For Teaching Social Responsibility Teachable Moments
Classroom lessons on contemporary and historical social justice issues, searchable by area, topic, and grade level. 

NY Collective of Radical Educators
Curricula to help educators and students resist the social and educational injustices that are shaping out world.

Rethinking Schools
Lessons, curricula, and strategies for teaching social justice. Rethinking Schools emphasizes problems facing schools, particularly issues of race. Articles address both classroom practice and educational theory.

Six Elements of Social Justice
Literature-based lessons for elementary school children, organized around Picower’s Six Elements of Social Justice Curriculum Design. The elements are self-love and knowledge, respect for others, exploring issues of social injustice, social movements and social change, raising awareness, and taking social action.

Teaching For Change
Interactive lessons and recommended resources. Topics include Anti-Bias Education, Civil Rights Teaching, Central America, Teach the Beat: Go-Go, and Teaching about Haiti.

Teaching Tolerance Resources
Robust database of ethics-related lessons, searchable by keyword, topic, school subject, grade level, and type of activity.

Understanding Humanism
Lessons on why humanists place human welfare at the centre of their ethical decision making and how they believe our natural capacity for reason and empathy can help us decide how to act. From the British Humanists Association.

Zinn Education Project
Based on the lens of history highlighted in Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States, the website offers free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level.

Strategies and materials

Bank Street Bookstore
Affiliated with Bank Street College. Resources for teachers, parents, and children.

Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning
CASEL evaluates social and emotional learning programs emphasizing the five competencies – self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision-making. 

Edutopia
Resources to implement project-based learning, social and emotional learning, comprehensive assessment, teacher development, integrated studies, and technology integration.

Responsive Classroom
Approach to elementary teaching that emphasizes social, emotional, and academic growth in a strong and safe school community.

Secular Humanism in Films
A roundup of humanist film lists.

Service Learning in Two Keys: Paulo Friere’s Critical Pedagogy in Relation to John Dewey’s Pragmatism:
Article by Thomas Deans. Illustrates the implications of Deweyan and Freirean philosophical frameworks for service-learning pedagogy, using two college writing courses as examples.

Teaching Civic Literacy Projects: Student Engagement With Social Problems, Grades 4-12
Instructive volume for educators by Dr. Shira Eve Epstein.  Divides civic literacy projects into three key phases–problem identification, problem exploration, and action