The Character Tree is providing parents with free access to video lessons that help teach children about racism and tolerance. The episodes, each hosted by a real first grade teacher, pair a character trait such as kindness or bravery with an influential person such as Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. They are suited for children in grades K-2 and can be used to help teach about discrimination, racism and tolerance.
- “Perseverance & Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”
- “Bravery & Ruby Bridges”
- “Integrity & Rosa Parks”
- “Kindness & Mister Fred Rogers”
- “Curiosity & George Washington Carver”
- “Hope & Bob Marley”
- “Curiosity & Mae Jemison”
- “Hope & Misty Copeland”
Teachers and parents can sign up to access the videos for free through July 31 by visiting: https://charactertree.com/sign-up/#join.
The Character Tree is an online resource for character development that uses engaging discussions, real-life examples from history, role modeling, and hands-on materials to emphasize positive character traits. The lessons are all standards-aligned. A subscription includes the entire collection of videos as well as printable activities and teachers’ guides.
The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the "Equity & Access" journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.