Providing practical methods for giving young people an understanding of cultural diversity is the purpose behind Teaching Tolerance, a magazine that debuted last month.
The twice-yearly journal is part of an educational initiative sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit civil-rights foundation. The center also has produced a film-and-text curriculum package on the history of the civil-rights movement, available free to educators.
The magazine's creators stress that it is not intended to be a forum for political debate, but a source of encouragement for teachers who want to build "communities of understanding in the classroom."
The Spring 1992 issue, which was sent free to 150,000 public and private K-12 teachers and administrators, includes, in addition to feature articles, examples of successful curricular programs and profiles of educators promoting this theme. Editorials, resource guides, video reviews, and teacher idea exchanges are also regular features.
For information, contact Teaching Tolerance, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, Ala. 36104.
A reading list of approximately 200 children's books recommended for their high quality has been developed by the American Library Association.
The list was produced for students in Partners in Excellence, a national reading-promotion program sponsored by World Book Educational Products, which challenges students to read a minimum of seven books in seven weeks. The effort also includes a matching-donation program for the distribution of free classroom and library reference materials.
Organized by reading level, grades K-9, the list includes both fiction and nonfiction titles in genres such as poetry, biography, and adventure. It is available free by calling World Book, (800) 621-8202.
Groups or individuals interested in forming business-education collaborations may find InfoMedia Inc.'s new monograph series, Profiles in Action, of interest. It documents the actual experiences of such partnerships in a number of important areas.
The first of these, "Students At Risk," offers detailed accounts of four at-risk programs, ranging from a grassroots community collaboration to a corporate initiative.
A resource section lists background reading materials, at-risk clearinghouses, and contact information for more than 190 at-risk programs.
Copies are $15.95 each, plus $3.50 shipping and handling; contact InfoMedia Inc., P.O. Box 210, Ellenton, Fl. 34222-0210. --S.K.G.
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