12/03/2012

Teaching Tolerance receives national award for multicultural education

The SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance project has been honored for outstanding work in the field of multicultural education by the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME).

Teaching Tolerance received the Agency/Institution Award at the 22nd Annual International NAME Conference in Philadelphia on Nov. 30. This is the second time that Teaching Tolerance has received the award, which recognizes multicultural education agencies and institutions from across the nation.

“Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to providing teachers around the world with quality resources that help children learn to appreciate and respect differences,” said Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello. “We are honored that the National Association for Multicultural Education has chosen to once again recognize our work.”

An audience of about 500 people applauded as NAME President-elect Kevin Kumashiro presented the award. Speaking before an audience of scholars, K-12 educators, researchers and others, Costello recounted Teaching Tolerance’s two-decade legacy of promoting understanding and diversity in the nation’s schools.

As one of the nation’s leading providers of anti-bias education resources, Teaching Tolerance reaches hundreds of thousands of educators and millions of students annually through its Teaching Tolerance magazine, multimedia teaching kits, online curricula, professional development resources and classroom-friendly social justice documentaries. These materials are provided to educators at no cost.

NAME is a nonprofit organization that advances and advocates for equity and social justice through multicultural education. It is composed of more than 1,500 members from throughout the United States, including educators and representatives from the business community.