Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
~ Margaret Mead
Catholic Social Teaching Resources
Principles of Catholic Social Teaching for (Young) Kids - Anne Neuberger
A Catholic Call To Justice: An Activity Book for Raising Awareness of Social Justice Issues Recommended for Ages 14-22
Education for Justice, Center of Concern
The Education for Justice Project promotes outreach and education throughout the U.S. on Catholic Social Teaching (CST) and social justice issues. The Project provides resource materials, presentations, training and consultations to Catholic high schools and colleges, to diocesan offices and groups, to parishes, small faith communities, and to a variety of networks and organizations. Our new Education for Justice website offers a wide range of materials that can be used with groups and in classes to provide information and spark discussion. (Fee based, free trial available) See example: Transformative Education and Catholic Social Teaching
Institute for Peace and Justice
A myriad of resources on peace, non-violence, Catholic Social Teaching and much more!
Life and Dignity of the Human Person
Catholic Campaign for Human Development Education Center
This section of the Poverty USA website presents classroom teachers, community, church and service group leaders, home schoolers and other educators with resources to initiate meaningful discussions about poverty in America. It fosters not only an understanding the size and scope of the problem, but also inspires ways to take action and create an awareness about poverty.
Taking the Human Rights Temperature of Your School
Students evaluate their school's human rights climate using criteria derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The subsequent discussion builds towards identifying areas of particular concern and developing an action plan to begin addressing them.
The Institute For Peace and Justice
The Institute for Peace and Justice, which began in l970, is an independent interfaith not-for-profit corporation promoting peace and justice through education, social action, and prayer.
Founded in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance provides educators with free educational materials that promote respect for differences and appreciation of diversity in the classroom and beyond.
Echoes and Reflections: A Multimedia Curriculum On the Holocaust
Echoes and Reflections, developed by the Anti-Defamation League, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, and Yad Vashem, includes everything an educator needs to teach the complex issues of the Holocaust.
Bearing Witness: Anti-Semitism, The Holocaust and Contemporary Issues
Bearing Witness was created in 1996 by the ADL’s Washington, D.C. Regional Office to provide Catholic school teachers with the training and resources to teach their students about anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. Through Bearing Witness, participants explore the history of anti-Semitism, from biblical times to modern day, including the role of the Church during the Holocaust; recent changes in Catholic teachings on Jews and Judaism; issues of prejudice in contemporary society; and strategies for teaching students about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism Bearing Witness is endorsed by the National Catholic Educational Association and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
USCCB Migration and Refugee Services, Ideas for Schools, Religious Education and Youth Programs
Many schools, religious education programs, and youth programs are facing a large influx of young people from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds and are attempting to find a faith-inspired response to the changes in their midst. This resource is designed to help parishes and schools in this endeavor.
Choose Life! Unborn Children and the Right to Life: Grades 5-6
This curriculum assists Catholic school teachers and parish catechists in fostering a pro-life attitude in students in grades 5-12. Following an introduction is the six-lesson curriculum: 1) The miracle of life around us; 2) Respect for all life; 3) The miracle of human life; 4) Abortion and the facts; 5) Abortion and the right to life; and 6) Choose life. Student handouts are included and a series of fetal development visuals are appended. Grades 7-8 and Grades 9-12
Death Penalty Curricula for High School, Death Penalty Information Center
We invite you to visit the balanced, dynamic Educational Curriculum onthe Death Penalty designed by the award-winning team at the Michigan State Communications Technology Laboratory in conjunction with the Death Penalty Information Center. You will find separate teacher and student sites, flexible lesson plans, teacher overviews, and objectives meeting national educational standards.
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Catholic Relief Services Education: Going Global With Youth
CRS Education: Going Global with Youth is a gateway to lesson plans, simulation activities, prayer services, stories, web links and opportunities that looks at global issues through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching. Use this resource to invite young people to see the world with new eyes and to challenge them to respond to our faith call to global solidarity.
Fair Trade Uniforms
Fair Trade Uniforms partners with projects that enable economically disadvantaged women to achieve sustainable employment. Our uniforms are created by women at sites in Thailand and Mexico. Buying your school's uniforms from Fair Trade Uniforms enables partners to lead more dignified lives, feed their families, and send their children to school. This site also includes excellent resources for Fair Trade curricula.
Heifer International (Read to Feed)
Heifer International invites you to join in the fun and excitement, while doing something to make the world a better place! Through Read to Feed, you can help hungry people all over the world to be better fed, proud and self-reliant. You have the power to be part of hopeful solutions to some very tough global problems!
Oxfam Education offers a huge range of ideas, resources and support for developing the global dimension in the classroom and the whole school. All of the resources here support Education for Global Citizenship – education that helps pupils understand their world and make a positive difference in it.
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