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This white paper is a result of a national survey by the Education Week Research Center in patnership with Newsela.

Climate Change, LGBTQ Issues, Politics & Race: Instructional Materials for Teaching Complex Topics

It is not always easy to teach students about topics like climate change, LGBTQ issues, politics and race. Subjects like these can be complicated and divisive even as they lead to critically important results like polishing students’ critical thinking skills or preparing young people to make informed decisions at the polls. In order to address these complicated topics, teachers need the support of top-notch instructional materials that are standards-aligned, accurate, and fair. In the summer of 2019, the Education Week Research Center, in partnership with Newsela, set out to explore these questions with a nationally-representative online survey of more than 1,000 teachers, principals, and district leaders. This whitepaper highlights survey findings and provides valuable insight into these resources.


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