Resources For Educators

DSC_5569Bringing our stories, and the stories of others around the world who have been similarly affected by political violence, terrorism and war, to a wider audience is one of the goals of this website. We hope to provide a key opportunity to revisit the paths that could have been taken in the days after 9/11. How could we have responded differently? What could 9/11 families, and citizens around the world have taught us about their experiences of terrorism, political violence and war? What choices could we have made, and what choices can we make today, to create peaceful tomorrows for everyone?

Visit the Members portion of this website to find stories of our 9/11 family members, those we admire, and stories that shaped the past. As our inventory of stories and actions grows throughout the years, we welcome the participation of educators at all levels. We hope that this website will inspire critical thinking among your students, and that you will use our content for writing assignments, curricula, and projects around the topic of 9/11. We’ll share some of your ideas here, and hope that they will encourage new conversations among teachers as well as students at this critical time.

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Teaching about Peace

September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows is a partner with the Charter of Compassion, which joins individuals, communities, and schools across the globe to unite in mutual support. Our resources, alongside those of other educators, are profiled on the Charter’s Voices Compassionate Education website which offers ideas and resources for teaching nonviolence and compassion.

Promoting Peace: The Community Tool Box chapter on Spirituality and Community Building (Chapter 28) was written with the support and contributions of experts connected with the Charter for Compassion International and is an online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. Under continuous development since 1994, the Community Tool Box is widely used in teaching, training, and technical support. Currently available in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Farsi, and with millions of user sessions annually, it has reached those working in over 230 countries around the world. It is a project of the University of Kansas with partners that include the World Health Organization and Institute of Medicine. This specific section on Promoting Peace is our contribution.

Teaching about 9/11

  • Years after terrorists attacked the United States on 9/11/01, how are Americans making sense of the events of that day and the aftermath? For those wishing to teach and explore, the Peaceful Tomorrows issue of The Change Agent is a valuable, free resource.  The magazine contains lesson plans and discussion questions to give teachers classroom-ready material that will engage students and provide an important forum for critical thinking, sharing, and achieving understanding across diverse experiences. A national magazine published by World Education, the issue includes articles, poems, and first-person narratives that teach the history of 9/11, wrestle with important legal and ethical questions related to security and liberty, examine the ‘rule of law’ in the context of terrorism, and provide a forum for the voices of people seeking justice and reconciliation. It offers many extremely moving stories about 9/11 and its repercussions. The Change Agent features not only the voices of family members of victims, but witnesses to the attacks, relatives of veterans of the war on terror, detainees, and ordinary Americans who have had a decade to reflect on what happened on 9/11 and the events that followed.
Additional Resources of Peaceful Tomorrows and our Collaborators:
  • The Cost of 9/11 and its Impact on the Rule of Law video by Peaceful Tomorrows provides a clear and thought provoking historical look that can be used to launch discussions with students on the principles of law and human rights that were diminished in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. CLICK HERE to view the video.
  • You can request that our members visit your school or classrooms through our Speakers Bureau by sending an e-mail to Several members’ stories are available on our website and on YouTube. CLICK HERE to read their stories.
  • Visit The Charter of Compassion and its educational arm, The Voices Compassionate Education Project to find more resources on teaching 9/11. Find how your school can join with the growing number around the globe who have signed the Charter to actively promote peace: CLICK HERE.
  • Would your students like to learn about the world’s biggest book, weighing in at over one ton? Learn about how students in one middle school set about breaking the Guinness World Book of Record while learning about and promoting peace. See Pages for Peace.
  • Consider showing IN OUR SON’S NAME:  In Our Son’s Name is an intimate portrait of Phyllis and Orlando Rodríguez, co- founders of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows whose son, Greg, died with thousands of others in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The award-winning film also features Talat Hamdani, whose heroic son, Mohammad Salman, perished rescuing others yet he was wrongly deemed a suspect due to his Muslim faith The bereaved parents choose reconciliation and nonviolence over vengeance and begin a transformative journey that both confirms and challenges their convictions. They speak out against war in Iraq and Afghanistan, publicly oppose the death penalty of avowed 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and befriend his mother. As their search for meaning evolves they speak out against anti-Muslim actions and find peace in working with prison inmates. Their marriage strengthens, and they reach a deeper understanding of their rebellious son, who had just begun to find his way when his life was cut short. The award-winning film mixes in-depth interviews with on-location footage and striking archival photographs and video to create a deeply personal story that invites us to re-consider conventional concepts of justice and healing. Soon to air on Public Television Stations.

Academic use of the film should be arranged through the Filmakers Library. CLICK HERE for the specifics.

  • Visit our Resource Page for Books and DVDs, including Turning Grief into Action for Peace and Beyond Retribution.
Filed in: Phyllis and Orlando Rodriguez, Resources, Resources for Online Learning, Terry Greene

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