Preparing students to participate thoughtfully in democracy - and in life.
How can teachers engage in current events and controversial topics without causing serious divisions in the classroom or being charged with bias? How can teachers prepare students with the skills and knowledge they need to navigate modern media, social networks, and their in-person relationships?
AllSides for Schools helps educators have these discussions and teach essential skills in critical thinking, collaboration, listening and respectful discourse, media and digital literacy and social-emotional learning. Our unique focus on building relationships and revealing multiple viewpoints across the political spectrum avoids the potential problems with bias and disrespecting individual beliefs.
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School Resources for Teachers
Take bias surveys to discover your own leanings and how you compare with the rest of the country.
Mismatch Summary and FAQs, the Mismatch Teacher Packet. You can also donate to Mismatch here.
Dictionary term (of your choosing) within a lesson plan.
Issue Lesson Plans1-to-several day programs, provided in partnership with the Christian Science Monitor, that engage students in one specific issue. We have specialized materials for each of these issues:
More School Resources for Teachers
variety of tools that can be integrated into any educational program, such as our:
- multi-perspective breakdown of news, issues and topics
- a specialized Search that shows results filtered from the left, center and right
- online tools and offline guides for dialog and civil conversations
- bias quizzes, surveys and ratings to help students understand bias in themselves, others, in social networks and the media
- and more.
How AllSides fits into the Common Core standards:
Some useful information about Common Core from other sources:
- Achieve the Core
- Core Standards 6-8, Core Standards 9-10, Core Standards 11-12
- Argumentative Writing tools
- NY Times Common Core blog
This non-profit program, provided by Living Room Conversations and AllSides, fosters skills in critical thinking, civil dialog, research and collaboration.
Can you discuss politics or controversial topics in a classroom?
Yes, if you do it the right way. AllSides for Schools makes this possible.
Here is the problem. Sometimes political and cultural issues can become very personal and divisive, pitting groups of people against each other. Educators don’t want to offend anyone or create a division within the school community, but they know that controversy and division are a part of this world.
Educators need to prepare students for these challenges.
Students need to learn how to sort through mass media and social networks, think critically about the issues, and engage with each other in a healthy and positive way, even when there are differences in opinions and backgrounds.
AllSides for Schools helps educators teach these valuable lessons and skills. With its unique focus on maintaining healthy relationships and revealing multiple points of view across the political spectrum, it also avoids the potential pitfalls and internal controversies around bias or disrespecting individual beliefs.
Reviews, press and teachers about AllSides for Schools
- "Civics for the Internet Age" - Stanford Social Innovation Review ← Recommended
- "'Fake News,' Lies and Propaganda: How to Sort Fact from Fiction" - University of Michigan Research Guides
- "Connecting Students Across the Partisan Divide" - The Huffington Post
- "Teaching the Art of Conversation During a Divisive Election Year" - Education Week
- "How schools can bring civility to politics" - The Christian Science Monitor
- "Schools and the Election Season" - The Huffington Post
- "Academics use new dictionary to aid students in era of fake news" - Times Higher Education
- "Escaping Filter Bubbles with AllSides" - Loyola Marymount University
- "How Spokane schools teach students to identify fake and biased news" - Inlander
- "Librarians take up arms against fake news" - The Seattle Times
- Our press release for AllSides for Schools "Elections and Relationships".