Additional Resources

Let's Get Real

Let's Get Real

Examines issues that lead to taunting and bullying, including racial differences, perceived sexual orientation, learning disabilities, religious differences, sexual harassment and others. Part of The Respect For All Project.


Organizations | Adult Readings
Young Adult Readings | Music | Film


Anti-Defamation League, A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute
The ADL’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute is a leading provider of anti-bias and diversity education training programs and resources used by PreK-12 schools, universities, businesses and community organizations throughout the United States and internationally. School-based programs work with members of the school community to develop the awareness, knowledge, and skills to combat and respond to all forms of bigotry and to build safe, respectful schools settings.
Suggested resource: Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice by Carol Stern LaRosa and Ellen Bettmann (Scholastic, 2000)

Committee for Children
Dedicated to social and emotional learning and violence prevention with programs and prevention curricula focusing on youth violence, bullying, child abuse, and personal safety.
Suggested Resources:
Second Step: A Violence Prevention Curriculum (Grades 3-6)
Steps to Respect: A Bullying Prevention Program (Grades Pre-K-9)

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
Seeks to create safe schools for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through local organizing, national advocacy, educating educators and cultivating student empowerment
Suggested resource: “No Name-Calling Week” campaign

National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN)
Works to improve the health and safety of school personnel and students by disseminating health information, and developing and implementing health promotion programs, activities, and materials.

Mental Health America
Addresses all aspects of mental health and mental illness; works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially those with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service

Suggested resource: “What Does Gay Mean?” How to Talk with Kids About Sexual Orientation and Prejudice

Partners Against Hate
Offers education and strategies to counteract prejudice for young people and community-based professionals who work and interact with youth, including parents, law enforcement officials, educators, and community/business leaders.Joint project of ADL, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund, National Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence
Suggested resource:Program Activity Guide: Helping Children Resist Bias and Hate

Safe Schools Coalition
A public-private partnership to support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth; helps schools become safe places by providing resources, raising awareness, offering skill based training, and disseminating information

Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (S.E.E.D.)
A staff-development equity project for educators that addresses making school curricula more gender-fair and multiculturally equitable in all subject areas.

Sikh Coalition
The Sikh Coalition is a community-based non-profit organization that was born in the aftermath of violence and discrimination against the nation’s Sikh population following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  Today, the Coalition supports Sikhs across the country through legal representation, advocacy, and education.  In essence, the Coalition seeks to create a Sikh-friendly America.  To that end, the Coalition works towards educating and spreading awareness about the Sikh community by 1) working with state Boards of Education, 2) creating educational materials for teachers to use in the classroom, and 3) partnering with leading textbook publishers to ensure that information about the Sikh community is accurate and relevant for students.  You can access the educator’s resource page by clicking here.

Stop Bullying Now
National Bullying Prevention Campaign – A program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is a national coalition of education, civil rights, religious and civic groups to combat bullying; work will focus on enabling parents and educators to see warning signs, empowering kids to be allies and training teachers to intervene when witnessing bullying.

Teaching Tolerance
Support the efforts of educators to promote respect for differences and appreciation of diversity in the classroom; serves as a clearinghouse of information about anti-bias programs and activities being implemented in schools across the country and by producing and distributing free anti-bias materials.
Suggested resource:Responding to Hate At School: A Guide for Teachers, Counselors and Administrators (Teaching Tolerance, 1999). A vibrant resource for teachers and students about ways to address bias and multicultural education in the classroom.

Wellesley Centers for Women
The largest women’s research center, WCW promotes positive change for women and girls.

Readings for Adults

Aronson, Elliot. Nobody Left to Hate: Teaching Compassion after Columbine. (W H Freeman and Company, 2000)

Balik, Dana. Harassment-Free Hallways: How to Stop Sexual Harassment in Schools. AAUW Educational Foundation Sexual Harassment Task Force (Washington DC, 2002)

Bluestein, Jane Ph.D. Creating Emotionally Safe Schools: A Guide for Educators and Parents. (Health Communications Inc., 2002)

Bochenek, Michael and Brown, A. Widney. Hatred in the hallways: Violence and Discrimination Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students in U.S. Schools. New York: Human Rights Watch (2001)

Bowles, Norma and Rosenthal, Mark E. Cootie Shots: Theatrical Inoculations Against Bigotry for Kids, Parents and Teachers. (TheatreCommunications Group: New York, 2001)

Coloroso, Barbara. The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander: Breaking the Cycle of Violence. (Harper Collins, 2002)

Compton, Randy and Jones, Tricia S. Kids Working It out: Stories and Strategies for Making Peace in Our Schools. (Jossey Bass, 2003)

Creighton, Allan and Kivel, Paul. Helping Teens Stop Violence: A Practical Guide for Counselors, Educators and Parents (Hunter House Publishers, 1992)

Creighton, Allan, Myhand, M. Nell, and Vasquez, Hugh with Todos Institute. Making Allies, Making Friends: A Curriculum For Making The Peace in Middle School (Hunter House Publishers, 2002)

Greene, Michael B. Counseling and Climate Change as Treatment Modalities for Bullying in SchoolsInternational Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, 25 no. 4 (2003): 293-302

A Guide to Effective Statewide Laws/Policies: Preventing Discrimination Against LGBT Students in K-12. Issued by Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (New York, 2001)

Langan, Paul. Bullying in Schools. (Townsend Press, 2003)

Levine, David A. Teaching Empathy: A Social Skills Resource. (Blue Heron Press, 2000)

Protecting Students from Harassment and Hate Crime: A Guide for Schools. Issued by the U.S.Department of Education and the Bias Crimes Task Force of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Office for Civil Rights (Washington DC, 1999)

Olweus, Dan and Limber, Sue. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Center for the Study of Prevention and Violence and US Department of Health and Human Services: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, 1999

Sjostrom, Lisa and Stein, Nan D. Flirting or Hurting:A Teacher ‘s Guide on Student to Student Sexual Harassment in Schools. (National Education Association, 1994)

Young Adult Readings

Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street. (Vintage Books, 1994) Series of vignettes about a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago

Flake, Sharon G. The Skin I’m In (Hyperion Books, 1998) Portrays the life of a dark-skinned black girl and her transformative relationship with a new teacher at her school

Franco, Betsy, ed. You Hear Me? Poems and Writings by Teenage Boys. (Candlewick Press, 2000) (Collection of uncensored poems and essays that address many concerns including identity, love, envy, gratitude, sex, and anger

Garden, Nancy. Holly’s Secret. (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2000) Twelve-year-old girl struggles with acceptance for having gay parents

Guy, Rosa. The Friends. (Henry Holt & Company, Inc., 1973) Fourteen-year-old Phyllisia deals with the daily challenges of moving to New York from her native West Indian island

Howe, James. The Misfits. (Althenum Books, 2001) A group of friends who don’t fit in challenge the social and political norms in their high school

Jones, Ron. The Acorn People. (Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, 1996) A young man is transformed by working at a summer camp with youngsters who have severe physical disabilities

Minnesota Humanities Commission Staff and Minnesota Humanities Commission, ed. Braided Lives: An Anthology of Multicultural American Writing. (Minnesota Humanities Commission, 1991) Collection of stories from written from the perspectives of various ethnic groups in the US.

Muharrar, Aisha. More Than a Label: Why What You Wear or Who You’re With Doesn’t Define Who You Are. (Free Spirit Publishing, Inc. 2002) Examines the isolating social barriers that are created in schools, origins of social labels, the feelings of exclusion and ways to challenge social pressures

Myers, Walter Dean. Scorpions (HarperTrophy, 1988) Story about pressures of gang life for a young boy

Nye, Naomi Shihab. Habibi. (Simon and Schuster, 1997) Fourteen-year old American girl moves to her father’s hometown and Jerusalem and must come to an understanding of her father’s culture and her place in it

Patterson, Sandra. Ben and the Bully. (1stBooks Library, 2001)
A fourth-grade boy is teased and bullied by others because of his weight and his inability to read

Velasquez, Gloria. Ankiza. (Arte Publico Press, 2001) Deals with issues of interracial relationships when Anzika, who is black, starts dating a white boy and is criticized by friends and family

Velasquez, Gloria. Juanita Fights the School Board. (Piñata Books, 1994) Juanita’s fights discrimination at her high school with the help of a lawyer and school counselor

Velasquez, Gloria. Tommy Stands Alone (Arte Publico Press, 1995) The story of Tommy, a young Mexican-American teen, who begins to confront that he is gay

Woodson, Jacqueline. From the Notebook of the Melanin Sun. (Scholastic, 1997) Melanin Sun’s mother tells him she is in love with a woman and he is forced to make hard decisions and to confront many levels of prejudice

Yamanaka, Lois-Ann. Name Me Nobody. (Hyperion Paperbacks, 1999)
Asian-America teenage girl struggles with being overweight and having estranged parents through the help of her grandma and best friend.


“Music for Positive Change: for grades 9-12. CD and Curriculum designed by youThink, a program of the Zimmer Children’s Museum and Center for American Studies and Culture. (youThink, 2004)


The Sikh Next Door. An engaging educational project celebrating America’s diversity while introducing 6th through 12th graders to Sikh practices and culture. Produced by The Lohgarh Sikh Educational Foundation, 2004.