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As concerned educators interested in topics such as social and emotional learning, character education, service learning, citizenship and critical thinking, appreciation for diversity, environmental stewardship, academic motivation, self esteem and caring, etc., we desire to provide a place for colleages to find and share useful material for use in developing literacy.

Are their instructional strategies, people, programs, professional literature, children/adolescents' literature, articles, research, website links, or other information which you think every educator should know about? If so, we invite you to share your work (or recruit someone to share their work) so that readers in our audience can access that valuable information. Email your item(s) to our website manager, indicating that it is a resource for the IRA Literacy and Social Responsibility SIG Resource List. Or, contact our secretary to share you ideas for building this resource bank.

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Children's /Adolescent Literature



  • Foxfire
    Foxfire has helped teachers teach and learners learn, while also being firmly rooted in the culture of the community. Resources include The Foxfire Magazine, The Foxfire Book series, a museum and visitor center, teaching resources, etc.

  • Hicks, Deborah. The Road Out: A Teacher's Odyssey in Poor America. Recounts Hicks' journey teaching reading to Appalachian girls in Cincinnatti and of seven of her students coming of age in one of America's poorest communities. She is currently a research scholar at Duke University and the founding director of PAGE, a partnership focused on creating educational access and opportunity for Appalachian girls and young women. See flyer.

Instructional Strategies - by Beth Breneman

Other Professional Literature

Roadmaps for Social Action

Teaching Caring, Discipline, and Tolerance

  • Charney, Ruth. Teaching Children to Care

  • Child Development Project
    A research-based, multi-faceted school-change program focused on creating caring, supportive learning environments that foster students' sense of belonging and connection to school including cooperative learning approaches, classroom and schoolwide community-building activities, engaging curriculum, and an emphasis on literacy development.

  • Notable Books for a Global Society (IRA CL/R SIG)
    Selects the most outstanding 25 books annually (K-12) which promote understanding of cultures/perspectives different from one's own as well as celebrating commonalities among the human community. An article annotating the year's winning titles appears annually along with teaching suggestions in The Dragon Lode, a juried journal of the IRA Children's Literature and Reading SIG.

  • Teaching for a Tolerant World, Grades K-6 Essays and resources collected/edited by Judith P. Robertson that address crucial questions regarding how children should learn about genocide and intolerance and the literature used in teaching these topics.

  • Teaching for a Tolerant World, Grades 9-12. Carol Danks, Leatrice Rabinsky, National Council of Teachers of English, Committee on Teaching About Genocide and Intolerance.

  • Teaching Tolerance
    Founded in 1991 as a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Provides to educators a variety of free educational materials that promote respect for differences and appreciation of diversity.

Other Weblinks

  • American Jewish World Service
    An international development organization motivated by Judaism’s imperative to pursue justice. AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality.

  • The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
    CASEL enhances children's success in school and life by promoting coordinated, evidence-based social, emotional, and academic learning as an essential part of education from preschool though high school.

  • Educators for Social Responsibility
    Helps educators create safe, caring, respectful, and productive learning environments as well as helps educators work with young people to develop the social skills, emotional competencies, and qualities of character they need to succeed in school and become contributing members of their communities.

  • Environmental Education
    Gives people a deeper understanding of the environment, inspiring them to take personal responsibility for its preservation and restoration. Helps people gain an understanding of how their individual actions affect the environment, acquire skills that they can use to weigh various sides of issues, and become better equipped to make informed decisions.

  • Museum of Teaching and Learning
    The Museum of Teaching and Learning (MOTAL) will be a grand, world-class museum with highly interactive exhibits and activities that will educate and fascinate participants of all ages.

  • National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
    The National Center for the Preservation of Democracy is a non-profit, non-partisan educational institution that provides tools for living democratically in a diverse American society. Partnering with educators and community-based mentors, the National Center works to inspire youth to become active, informed participants in shaping democracy in America.

  • Responsive Classroom
    An approach to teaching and learning that fosters safe, challenging, and joyful elementary classrooms and schools. Developed by classroom teachers, it consists of practical strategies for bringing together social and academic learning throughout the school day.

  • World Wise Schools
    Lets students interact with a Peace Corps volunteer currently serving in one of more than 70 countries through the Correspondence Match Program for Grades K-12. They also sponsor CyberVolunteer Program (K-12) and classroom resources that help students understand people, cultures, geography, and community service.




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Kaye West, Ph.D., Website Manager
Date Modified: June 8, 2013 - Feedback

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