The Anti-Defamation League publishes incredibly useful and professional educational materials. This unit on Microagressions is particularly helpful.


    “Microaggression” is a term that was coined in the 1970s and more recently used by Derald Wing Sue, a
    Columbia University professor, to describe the “brief and commonplace verbal, behavioral or
    environmental indignities—whether intentional or unintentional—which communicate hostile,
    derogatory, or negative slights and insults to people from marginalized groups.” This lesson provides an
    opportunity for students to explore what microaggressions are, how they have experienced them and what
    can be done to counteract them.

    Grade Level: grades 9–12
    Common Core Anchor Standards: Reading, Writing, Language
    Learning Objectives:
    ? Students will learn what microaggressions are and how they occur in our everyday lives
    ? Students will reflect on ways they have experienced microaggressions in their lives
    ? Students will explore ways to counteract microaggressions on an individual and society level
    ? Students will articulate (in writing) whether they believe it is useful or not to define and identify

    Material: Microaggressions Definition; Microaggressions in Everyday Life video at
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJL2P0JsAS4 (2010, 4½ mins. Derald Wing Sue); Visualizing Microaggressions
    Photos 1–6; Underlying Assumptions of Microaggressions Chart; “Acts of Aggression” (StarTribune, December
    10, 2007, www.startribune.com/lifestyle/12307851.html); Persuasive Essay Organizer; projector/screen

    Read more …. http://www.adl.org/assets/pdf/education-outreach/microagressions-in-our-lives.pdf

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  • *** New Journal *** Journal of Family Diversity in Education


    I am pleased and honored to have been asked to join the Editorial Board of the new Journal of Family Diversity in Education. Congratulations to the editors Monica Miller Marsh (Kent State University) and Tammy Turner-Vorbeck, (Purdue University).



    The Journal of Family Diversity in Education is the journal of the Family Diversity Education Council and is hosted at Kent State University. In order to enact the mission of the FDEC to generate, share, and disseminate knowledge related to issues of family diversity and equity in family-school-community relationships, this journal represents a formal, rigorous exchange of the new ideas, pedagogy, and curriculum of this field.

    The Journal of Family Diversity in Education (JFDE) is the culmination of those whose work is attempting to shine light upon and oppose limited, hegemonic conceptions of families, particularly in the domain of family-school-community partnerships.

    Over the last several decades, a body of research has emerged that focuses on home-school-community relationships, yet much of that work is built upon the premise that the term “family” has a common meaning.  For scholars and practitioners who are working to analyze, critique, and redefine notions of family and the resultant implications for those partnerships, there are very few outlets for publication.

    The JFDE provides a forum for researchers and professionals who are working alongside the vastly different forms of family that exist in schools today to renegotiate the very relationships within family-school-community partnerships.  This, in turn, will positively impact and transform curricula, pedagogy, and policy.

    Here in the JFDE, we seek interdisciplinary scholarship that extends the dialogue around issues of family diversity and equity in family-school-community partnerships.  We view this journal as a space where the voices of educators, counselors, social workers, policymakers, parents and custodial family members, and advocates for children will be in conversation to work toward more inclusive curricula and schooling.

    We are pleased to offer a fully refereed, online journal that welcomes diverse and creative theoretical approaches.  We are fortunate to have an expert journal Editorial Board invested in guiding and shaping the quality and content of the scholarship of this journal.

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