Developed by the IN THE MIX production team,
the NEW NORMAL Discussion Guide includes profiles of teens featured
in the program, activities that promote research and reflection, and
suggestions for helping students develop media literacy, coping, and
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All About Education
All About Education is a free service that helps educators get in
touch with each other for the purpose of establishing e-mail discussions
between classrooms. Students can use the site to locate other young
people interested in finding "e-pals."
ePals Classroom Exchange
This Web site offers free tools and services that facilitate communication
between classrooms across the country and abroad.
International E-mail Classroom Connections (IECC)
IECC is a free service that helps teachers locate other teachers around
the world who are interested in establishing classroom e-mail exchanges.
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American School Counselor Association
The ASCA is a worldwide nonprofit organization that supports school
counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social,
and career development so they not only achieve success in school
but are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of
Helping Children Cope with Loss
The National Mental Health Association has compiled several resources
to help adults understand how young people and adolescents cope with
death and grieving.
Helping Children Understand the Terrorist Attacks
The U.S. Department of Education Web site features information and resources to help children understand and cope with the terrorist attacks of September 11.
IN THE MIX: 9-11: Looking Back...Moving Forward
This episode of IN THE MIX and its companion Web site explore how
teens were affected shortly after the events of September 11. As it
captures teens' reactions so soon after the events, this episode provides
a useful contrast in perspective from those offered in the NEW NORMAL.
IN THE MIX: Dealing with Death
This episode of IN THE MIX and its companion Web site provide practical
ideas on talking about issues related to death and tragedy.
It's My Life
It's My Life provides a resource for information, community, and interactivity
related to the social, emotional, and physical issues that most affect
kids ages 9-12. Kids can use this site to explore topics ranging from
handling divorce to getting teased by bullies; from fighting with
friends to learning about the dangers of drugs; from depression and
grief to dealing with pesky siblings.
NEW YORK VOICES
NEW YORK VOICES is a series about the city's recovery from September
11, addressing critical issues in the process of rebuilding. The companion
Web site includes articles, interviews, and a video gallery.
NOW with Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers anchors this one-hour television newsmagazine that offers
diverse perspectives on the events and ideas that shape our world.
The companion Web site features weekly episodes and relevant information
for you and students to explore.
Reactions and Guidelines for Children Following Trauma/disaster
The American Psychological Association offers lists of possible reactions
to trauma in elementary, middle, and high school students, and guidelines
for teachers and parents on how to help. Other areas of the site provide
resources for finding appropriate professional help.
This site offers advice on a wide array of topics related to the medical,
emotional, and developmental issues that teens face.
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Alliance for a Media Literate America
The AMLA is a national grassroots membership organization that promotes
media literacy education. They advocate media literacy education that
focuses on critical inquiry, learning, and skill-building, not on
media-bashing and blame.
Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting
FAIR is a national media watch group that offers well-documented criticism
of media bias and censorship. They use the First Amendment to advocate
for greater diversity in the press and scrutinize media practices
that marginalize public interest, minority, and dissenting viewpoints.
Guerilla News Network
Guerrilla News Network is an underground news organization whose mission
is to expose people to important global issues through guerrilla programming
on the Web and on television.
MEDIA MATTERS examines the story behind the story, addressing critical
issues in reporting. Visit the Web site for interactive stories, polls,
video clips, educational materials, and resources.
NEWSHOUR On the Media Report: The Vanishing Verb
This series of articles and interviews explores how language is used
in TV news reporting.
Understanding the Impact of Media on Children and Teens
This article from the American Academy of Pediatrics Web site examines
the media's impact on teens.
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American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
This area of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Web site
contains advice on how educators can offer support to Arab-American
and Muslim students, as well as how they can deter others from responding
to the events of September 11 with hate.
The education section of the Anti-Defamation League's Web site contains
articles, tips, and classroom activities related to bias awareness.
Arab American Institute
The Arab American Institute site offers information about bias acts
in the wake of September 11th, as well as related educational resources.
Conflict Resolution Education Network
The Conflict Resolution Education Network is an organization dedicated
to making conflict resolution education an integral part of the school
curriculum. The site contains research studies, recommended standards
for peer mediators, books and resources, and a history of conflict
Facing History and Ourselves
Facing History and Ourselves is an organization that engages students
in an examination of racism and prejudice, helping students connect
history to their own lives. The site contains information on the organization's
publications, online exhibitions and accompanying study guides, and
a virtual tour of the Facing History and Ourselves classroom.
FRONTLINE films cover various current events and issues around the
world. Explore the site's content for teachers, including background
information, resources, and classroom activities.
Global Kids, Inc.
Global Kids works to ensure that young people of diverse backgrounds
have the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to succeed in
the workplace and participate in the shaping of public policy and
Hate Crimes Today: An Age-Old Foe in Modern Dress
This article from the American Psychological Association contains
an overview of extreme acts motivated by prejudice and includes an
IN THE MIX: Teen Immigrants 5 American Stories
This episode of IN THE MIX profiles teens who have immigrated from
Russia, the Dominican Republic, China, and other countries. They share
their experiences and hopes for the future.
ISLAM: EMPIRE OF FAITH
Covering more than one thousand years, the PBS film ISLAM: EMPIRE
OF FAITH traces the diversity of Islamic culture, art, and civilization.
Use the companion Web site to learn more about the faith and innovations
of the Islamic people and to download video clips of important sites.
The Web site also features an educational resources section with standards-based
THE ONLINE NEWSHOUR
This companion Web site of the PBS program THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER
features a special subsection entitled "Days of Rage: The Renewed
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict." This area offers a wealth of information
and analysis related to the conflict.
This film explores what life is like in Jerusalem today through the
eyes of seven Israeli and Palestinian children. The site contains
lesson plans and related classroom resources.
PBS: America Responds
The PBS Web site features a collection of lesson plans and classroom
resources addressing issues raised by the events of September 11th.
Seeds of Peace
This program brings together teens from areas of violence, especially
the Middle East, to promote understanding and work toward solutions.
The Web site of Tolerance.org, an organization whose mission is to
"fight hate and promote tolerance," contains many valuable
tools for educators. Visit the "For Teachers" area of the
site for strategies on teaching tolerance, links to lesson plans,
and more. The site also includes content specifically targeting teachers
The United Nations Children's Fund, more commonly known as UNICEF,
provides services, supplies, and shapes policy agendas to protect
the rights of children in developing countries. The teachers' section
of the site provides articles, opinions, and research about teaching
and learning. The "Voices of Youth" section features discussion
boards and areas devoted to topics such as "children and war"
and "youth and media".
Expand students' understanding of complex global issues with WIDE
ANGLE, a weekly series of one-hour documentaries on public affairs.
The companion Web site includes an explanation of academic controversy
and lesson plans that utilize this teaching method.
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