About the Initiative
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    The Basics
    Bring the new resources from this initiative into your classroom.
  • Themes
    Explore the themes that were covered during the 100 Days to Inspire Respect initiative.
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    Reflections on Respect Series
    Watch videos of experts from different fields respond to testimony with their reflections.
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About the Initiative -- The Basics

“The people who gave us their testimony have a firsthand understanding of the importance of respect and the perils of hatred.” – Dr. Kori Street, Director of Education

At a time of heightened political uncertainty and polarization, middle and high school teachers are in need of easy-to-use resources that encourage their students to grapple with some of the most difficult but important topics: hate, racism, intolerance and xenophobia.

USC Shoah Foundation’s new IWitness initiative, called “100 Days to Inspire Respect,” provides educators with 100 thought-provoking resources that tackle these challenging topics and more. Modeled after the aggressive 100-day agenda initiated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt when he took office in 1933, 100 Days to Inspire Respect will run from Jan. 20 through April 29. During those 100 days, the Education Department at USC Shoah Foundation will release a new IWitness activity, mini lesson or another resource each day based on testimony from the Institute’s Visual History Archive.

100 Days of Educational Resources

The first three days will focus on the power of using testimony as a tool to connect people, teach about community, culture, family, tradition and resilience – and show the power of testimony for countering hate. The rest will concentrate on the theme of countering hate. By using these resources, students will learn about different types and manifestations of hate, how to understand people with different perspectives and ways people are “othered” or made to feel different or excluded.

“Hatred comes from stories, and so we are countering hatred with stories,” said Kori Street, director of education at USC Shoah Foundation. “If I know your story, if I know who you are, it makes it really hard for me to ‘otherize’ you, be divisive, or hate you.”

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During the first 100 days after the inauguration of America’s 45th president, the Education Department at USC Shoah Foundation released a new resource each day based on testimony from the Institute’s Visual History Archive.

Each of the 14 weeks centered on a theme, and offered a suite of materials including multimedia activities, mini lessons, Connections Videos, Watch page topics, and Teaching with Testimony tools. The themes were as follows:

  • Week 1- Countering Hate
  • Week 2- Responding to Racism
  • Week 3- Defending Civil and Human Rights
  • Week 4- Building Community
  • Week 5- Inspiring Respect
  • Week 6- Countering Intolerance
  • Week 7- Women/Women's Rights
  • Week 8- Immigrants and Refugees
  • Week 9- Fostering Cross-Cultural Understanding
  • Week 10- What Does Courage Look Like?
  • Week 11- Countering Violence and Violent Extremism
  • Week 12- Indifference through Media
  • Week 13- Building Resilience
  • Week 14- Fostering Civic Responsibility

The shortest activities can be completed in 15 minutes with no teacher prep work required; the longest, a week. The projects variously see students producing videos, poems, images, and word clouds, as well as developing skills such as comparison-and-contrast analysis and close reading of text. All of the resources are grounded in clips of testimony from survivors of genocide – the logical conclusion of unchecked hatred, racism and intolerance.

The videos in this series provide educators with an instructional resource that can be used to teach students how to interpret, annotate and discuss primary source material. These short videos provide high level, authentic and thoughtful examples of how to apply such skills while also promoting students’ knowledge, skills and capacities for becoming responsible citizens in civil society.

Teacher Tips for Use of Expert Series Videos in the Classroom