Every student deserves to feel safe and supported in the classroom. But we must confront the reality that antisemitism is rising – and our students can feel it.
In May 2023, the White House released the first ever National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism. This whole-of-government approach represents the most comprehensive and ambitious U.S. government effort to counter antisemitism in American history. As a part of this call to action, the Department of Education proudly launched an Antisemitism Awareness Campaign, aimed at raising awareness among educators, students, parents, and communities about the alarming rise of antisemitism and giving them tools to address it. The campaign also celebrates the richness of American Jewish identities and traditions, helping students of all backgrounds challenge stereotypes and foster cross-cultural understanding.
Protecting Jewish students from antisemitism is essential to our broader fight against all forms of hate, bigotry, and bias—and to our broader vision of a thriving, inclusive, and diverse democracy. The U.S. Department of Education’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Office for Civil Rights, and entire team are committed to providing all students with welcoming school environments, free of discrimination, bullying, and harassment, ensuring we live up to the promise of America as a land of opportunity for all.
The following resources are aimed at helping students, educators, and communities ensure that all students, including Jewish students, have safe and supportive learning environments:
- Actions Undertaken by the U.S. Department of Education Since the October 7, 2023 Hamas Attacks in Israel | Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships: This page documents actions, and related resources, provided by the U.S. Department of Education following the Hamas attacks in Israel and subsequent Israel-Hamas conflict.
- Resources Related to Combatting Antisemitism and Islamophobia While Promoting Religious Inclusion in Schools | National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE): The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) is dedicated to providing schools with the necessary resources to confront and counteract antisemitism and Islamophobia, while also embracing a broader spectrum of religious diversity and discrimination issues. Our resources aim to enlighten, foster unity, and promote an inclusive educational environment where all students, irrespective of their background, are treated with respect and dignity.
- CFBNP’s Freedom of Religion Page: This page houses resources for students, families, educators, and communities on religious freedom, as well as related news and accomplishments by the Biden-Harris administration.
- Free to Learn Call to Action: The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is carrying out its United We Stand commitments under the new initiative “Free to Learn.” Together with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), they are coordinating to support states and territories, school districts, tribal nations, and public health agencies to prevent, address, and ameliorate the effects of bullying, violence, and hate while also supporting school safety, school-based mental health, and positive school climate so all students are free to learn.
- Spotlights on Educational Institutions Engaged in Strategies for Inclusion of Students for All Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities
Resources from the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights
- FACT SHEET: Protecting Students from Discrimination Based on Shared Ancestry or Ethnic Characteristics: This fact sheet describes ways this protection covers students who are or are perceived to be Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, or of another religious group.
- Shared Ancestry or Ethnic Characteristics: The civil rights laws enforced by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights protect all students from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and age.
- Office for Civil Rights Complaint Process: Provides information on how to file a complaint if an individual experiences or sees racial discrimination in education.
- Dear Colleague Letter Reminding Schools of Their Legal Obligation to Address Discrimination, Including Harassment
US National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism
- Fact Sheet: Biden-Harris Administration Takes Landmark Step to Counter Antisemitism: Articulates the US’s national strategy to countering antisemitism, explaining Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and providing links to guides, training, and resource packages.
- U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism: This strategy represents the most comprehensive and ambitious U.S. government effort to counter antisemitism in American history.
- U.S. Department of Education Antisemitism Awareness Campaign: This May 2023 press release announces the launch of the U.S. Department of Education’s efforts under the National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism.
Additional Resources for Supporting Jewish Students
The links below represent just a few examples of the numerous publicly available resources on this topic. The resources were identified by technical assistance centers which receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education. The listing of these resources below should not be construed or interpreted as an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education of any private organization or business listed herein. To recommend additional resources, email email@example.com.
- Combating Discrimination Against Jewish Students: Provides examples of action, or inaction, by school officials that could violate Title VI protections.
- Talking to Children about Hate Crimes and Anti-Semitism: The NCTSN’s brief guide offers strategies for how adults can talk to children who experience fear, anxiety, worry, confusion, and have thoughts that the world is not safe.
- StopBullying.gov: StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network | Talking To Children About Hate Crimes And Antisemitism: The NCTSN’s brief guide offers strategies for how adults can talk to children who experience fear, anxiety, worry, confusion, and have thoughts that the world is not safe.
- Teaching Materials on Antisemitism and Racism: Resources and lesson plans from United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to promote effective teaching about antisemitism and the Holocaust.
- Combatting Antisemitism Through Education: Provides legal requirements, guidance, and resources for Washington educators related to combatting antisemitism.
- No Place for Hate: The Anti-Defamation League’s anti-bias program for students.
- Educator Resources to Address Antisemitism in Public Schools: Resources and guidance from San Diego County Office of Education to create cultures of care and address antisemitism in schools.
- Preventing Youth Hate Crimes & Identity-Based Bullying Initiative Webinar Series: Introduction to Youth Hate Crimes and Hate Groups (recording): The first in a 12-webinar series as part of The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Preventing Youth Hate Crimes & Identity-Based Bullying Initiative. Webinar presenters provided an understanding of hate crimes and hate groups (signs and symbols of hate groups, recruitment, definitions); identified the differences between bullying, harassment, and hate crimes; discussed how to identify and report hate crimes in school; and highlighted restorative justice solutions and prevention efforts.
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