2014 Teaching Tolerance Award Winner Christopher Avery
The big moment is here! Teaching Tolerance is pleased to introduce to our community five visionary educators who use their talents to reduce prejudice, improve intergroup relations and promote equity in their school communities all year long. That’s why they were selected to receive the 2014 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching. Christopher Avery, Amy Vatne Bintliff, Christopher Hoeh, Barrie Moorman and Michelle Nicola received their awards at a ceremony on Sunday, July 13 in Montgomery, Ala.
“The winners of this award are expert social-justice educators,” said Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello, “and who better to learn from? We believe their work will inspire other teachers and encourage them to lead and innovate in their own school communities.”
NEWS & EVENTS
The Future Demands We Talk About Diversity, Bias
Maureen Costello 07/15/2014
Eighth-graders in Christopher Avery's world cultures class often found that learning about the world meant confronting their own biases.
When the class discussed the Middle East, talk turned to the power of stereotypes. One student commented that the 9/11 terrorist attacks influence our perception of people and events. Another student said that, when he learned the 2013 Boston Marathon had been bombed, he immediately pictured a Middle Eastern perpetrator.
Everybody’s Got Their Color; What’s Yours?
Harry Shum December 2013
October 27, 2014
Maple Shade High School Library
Maple Shade, NJ
Childhood Bullying Linked To Health, Financial, Social Problems In Adulthood
Alice Walton 08/19/2013
The idea that childhood bullying is not at all confined to childhood is becoming clearer and clearer as researchers follow affected kids throughout the years, peeking into their lives as adults. A study last year, for example, showed that kids who play the roles of bullies and victims grow up to have more mental health problems in adulthood – anxiety disorder, depression, panic disorder, and suicidal behavior. Now, the same team has extended their work, illustrating the many areas of adult life that can suffer as an apparent result of childhood bullying. It turns out that not only do bullied kids have more psychological problems, but they have problems in just about every other area as well – physical health, social relationships, education, and even employment. And kids who flip-flop between being bully and victim seem to have it worst of all.
What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?
Logan LaPlante February 2013
Collingswood Book Festival
October 3, 2015
NJ School Counselor Association Professional Development Conference
October 11-12, 2015
Long Branch, NJ
Presenting: Empowering Educators Workshop
November 13, 2015
Atlantic City Convention Center