Kindergarten to 6th Grade
Several innovative resources described here are the result of the National Union of Teachers in the United Kingdom work with five primary schools over two years. The project, entitled Breaking the Mould, considers how ‘traditional’ gender stereotypes could be challenged in nursery school and elementary school classrooms. During the project, schools reflected on how staff reinforced stereotypes through their own modeling. The main resource, Stereotypes Stop You Doing Things, is an overview of how the five schools looked at the impact of gender stereotypes on young people and considered how they might challenge the social norms surrounding gender.
The Lessons from Literature program was designed to extend and enrich the core curriculum for literature while raising student’s awareness of relationship abuse. Lessons from Literature provides a framework for teachers to use the books and stories they’re already teaching to increase awareness about the damaging effects of physical, sexual and verbal abuse. Designed in collaboration with the National Council of Teachers of English, the framework is easily integrated into already existing curriculum. It was created to empower teachers with resources that build key academic skills and meet national education standards while also learning to recognize abusive behaviors such as power and control as well as alternatives to violent and abusive behavior.
This book, which was written for adults to read with 6-11 year olds, is about the first steps in preventing, healing from and finding alternatives to violence. Topics include what to do about teasing and bullies, fights, gangs and weapons, anger, drugs and suicide, child abuse and domestic violence.