Custom Programs

An Inside-Out Approach to Anti-Bias Education supporting Educators as People and Professionals

The Museum of Tolerance is a partner to schools in advancing anti-bias education, inclusion, and equity. Our FREE  virtual or in-person programs are designed by/with/for groups of 25 or more. Every school community is in a different part of their equity journey and we aim to play a supportive and substantive role.

Virtual programs are comprised of approximately 8 hours of live events, with some asynchronous, spread out over a week or multiple weeks, according to your preferred timetable. Courses are eligible for CEU credits.

In-person programs are typically either 8 or 16 hours (1 or 2 days), depending on content and scheduling.

The 4 main features of every program include:

1. Experiencing the Museum of Tolerance as a social laboratory of human behavior: Led by a professional dialogue facilitator, explore some of the MOT's most moving exhibits examining themes such as ‘bystanders’ through the Holocaust exhibit ‘Ordinary People’ theater. Explore the theme of democracy and diversity through exhibits that bring to life the struggles for justice in the Civil Rights movement in the US and specifically California through the story of the Mendez v. Westminster case. Consider patterns of contemporary hate and discrimination and the power of words and images as featured in the database, and the poignant story of reconciliation between a hate crime perpetrator and his victim. More than a tour, the session features short films, polling, web-based exploration, and break-out groups to maximize dialogue. The session is designed to spark personal reflection on how to create the changes we seek.
(Recommended: 3 hours broken into 2 sessions for virtual)
2. Hearing personal testimonies from Witnesses to History: Speakers include Holocaust Survivors, Civil Rights icons, former hate perpetrators, and more. We can arrange for multiple speakers throughout the year. (Recommended: 60-90 mins.)
3. Engaging in facilitated dialogue with peers: Creating community and a ‘safer’ space to hear and be heard is at the heart of this work. Facilitated dialogue is woven throughout every aspect of the program but a dedicated debrief is recommended to enable sharing among peers, a place to process, reflect, practice listening, and engage in the kind of dialogue we wish to emulate in schools.
(Recommended 45-60 mins)

4. Participating in Custom Workshops with Expert Consultants: All programs culminate in a hands-on workshop to tie together the personal reflections and motivations in application.
(Recommended 3- 5 hours, can be delivered over 2 sessions)

Choose a focus:

√ Positive School Culture and Campus Climate

√ Implicit Bias: Connecting Awareness to Action

√ Social & Emotional Learning as an Equity Based Strategy

√ Trauma Informed/Healing Centered Practices

√ Curriculum through a Social Justice Lens

√ Dialogue Facilitation Skills: How to Have Difficult Conversations in the School Community

√ Cultural Proficiency: An Equity-Centered Approach for School Leadership

√ Other: We work with experts across the county and can connect you to an expert who is right for your group.

Every program features interactive methods to promote self-reflection, critical thinking, and action planning. Receive valuable resource materials including a digital journal.

*This entire program including process of planning and delivery is FREE- thanks to a grant from the State of California -to educators serving k-12 schools in CA (including teachers, administrators, support staff, etc.)

How do I get started with creating a custom program for my school or district team?