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Open Minds to Equality



The fourth edition of Open Minds to Equality contains a wealth of updated information and resources. New lessons address immigration, anti-Muslim discrimination, gender identity, and bullying. The comprehensive, annotated bibliography has been revised and updated.

Open Minds to Equality is an educator’s sourcebook of activities to help students understand and change inequalities based on race, gender, class, age, language, sexual orientation, physical/mental ability, and religion. The activities also promote respect for diversity and interpersonal equality among students, fostering a classroom that is participatory, cooperative, and democratic. Learning activities are sequenced to build awareness and understanding. This book is an essential resource for teachers, leaders in professional development, and curriculum specialists.


  • A series of ready-to-implement learning activities in a variety of both traditional curriculum areas and interdisciplinary ones.
  • A variety of lesson styles that include role-plays, case studies, dilemma stories, cooperative learning activities, interviews, data analysis, and creative and expository writing.
  • Coverage of complex equity issues beyond “the basics.”
  • An inclusive framework for thinking about diversity and responding practically to various forms of difference in classrooms.
  • An engaging, readable format with helpful instructions.

Praise for the new edition

“A much-needed resource for educators at all levels who are interested in promoting critical thinking in their classrooms and social change in their communities. I highly recommend it!”
—Beverly Daniel Tatum, president, Spelman College and author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

“In this fourth edition of Open Minds to Equality, Nancy Schniedewind and Ellen Davidson demonstrate once again what it means to make social justice and equity visible in the classroom. Teachers and students will count on this remarkable resource for inspiration and hope.”
—Sonia Nieto, professor emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and author of Affirming Diversity and Why We Teach

“This new edition continues to make Open Minds to Equality a superb resource for multicultural education and helping children envision and work toward social justice. Every teacher should have a copy of this book, and everyone who prepares teachers should be familiar with it.”
—Christine Sleeter, professor emerita, California State University, Monterey Bay and author of Multiculturalism as Social Activism

Open Minds to Equality
A Source Book of Learning Activities to Affirm Diversity and Promote Equity 4th edition

by Nancy Schniedewind, Ellen Davidson


2014 • ISBN 9780942961607
410 Pages

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