This is by no means an exhaustive list, and please pass along others so I can add them here. But these are the places I currently know of where teachers can find support and curriculum ideas around various issues relating to kids going through hardships.
- (800-4-A-CHILD)–National Child Abuse Hotline. Call here if you are currently being abused or know someone who is.
- Teaching Tolerance: A magazine and blog for educators to find thought-provoking news and conversation about diversity, equal opportunity, and respect for differences in schools. They include many lesson plans and curriculum ideas.
- Pixton: An inexpensive and awesome Comics-creation program with lessons and activities aligned with Common Core standards in all core subject areas.
- Lee & Low Teacher Resources: Books and Common Core Standard aligned curriculum guides.
- Reading with Pictures: Comic Book and Graphic Novel resources and research for teachers of literacy.
Bullying and GLBTQ Issues:
- Bullying.org: Anti-bullying resources.
- The Trevor Project: Resources to help prevent suicide among GLBTQ youth.
- LGBT Writer’s In Schools: A program through the Lambda Literary Foundation to bring LGBT writer’s into high school and college classrooms.
- The “It Gets Better” Campaign: A national video campaign of adults telling their stories of hope for today’s battered and scared GLBTQ teens.
Specific At-Risk Demographics:
- NAEHCY: The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth is an organization that provides resources for educators to help them work with homeless youth.
- Voices Unbroken: Gives at-risk inner-city kids a voice through poetry. They sell curriculum guides, publish a journal of youth writing, and train facilitators.