Diversity Day

Media Opportunities

RE-ORGANIZED WITH SHORTER ONES AT THE TOP – (Look for TIME in parentheses – Grade-level recommendation is also included)


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If The World Were 100 People (2:27min, Grades 6,7,8)

This video helps viewers visualize the world’s inhabitants and challenges by using 100 to symbolize the total population. If there were 100 people then what would it look like? 50 would be men, 50 would be women¦. There would be 21 Muslims¦14 Hindus¦18 would be unable to read… and so on. From Good Data. Click here to view.


derek_sivers Derek Sivers: How to Start a Movement (2:27 min, Grades 6,7,8)

Nice short demonstrating the power of leaders and the importance of followers. Sivers shows a video of people dancing at a public swimming hole, and discusses how ideas become movements. Click here to view.



tumblr_m9d8s91qdM1qczf72o1_500Derek Sivers: Weird or Just Different (2:31 min, Grades 6,7,8)

Sivers delivers another fun short; this one is about point of view. He juxtaposes different cultures perspectives on simple everyday things like city streets, the job of doctors, and the beats of music. Traditional assumptions are null and void. Fascinating.Click here to view.


14A Sole to Persevere. (2 min, all grades)

Jessica Cox born without arms grew up believing in her ability instead of disability. She has figured out how to do everything with just her legs and has even received a black belt from the American Taekwondo Association.  Click here to view.

You can see more about Jessica via this link. She is raising money to make a movie called Right Footed.


childrenSir Nicholas Winton (2 minutes, all grades, esp.8th) 

Such a moving short film about a man who saved thousands of people during the Holocaust and gets to meet them as an older man.  Shows the power of being an upstander in the face of horrible adversity.Click Here to View

Welcoming_school_1Human Rights Campaign: What can we do? Bias Bullying and Bysatanders (3 minutes, all grades)

This is a trailer for the HRC’s Welcoming Schools curriculum that our elementary schools have adopted. Great reminder about being an upstander.Click here to view. 

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 11.29.39 AM*The Saint of Dry Creek from Story Corps (3 minutes, all grades)

In this animated film a man tells the story of a time when he was in grade school. He and his father are very different, but they find a way to come to understand each other and appreciate one another for who they are. Such a sweet recollection of a parent seeing his child and accepting him for who he is!  Click here to view.

jason-mcelwainJason McElway: Autistic Basketball Hero. (3 minute news story, all grades)

Jason was the team manager helping out the basketball team.  He loved basketball and inspired the athletes, but one day they decided to let him have a chance in the game; it was the last game.  Instead of being a sweet gesture it ended up being a surprising end to a great game.  Jason was spectacular!  Click here to view.

mcferrin-bobby-mcferrinBobby McFerrin Hacks Your Brain with Music (3:04 min, all grades)

Bobby McFerrin demonstrates cooperation by getting the whole audience at TED to create a musical piece together. Sweet, quick and very entertaining. Click here to view.


AlexDangSpoken Word: Alex Dang; What Kind of Asian Are You? (3:11 min, best for 8th)

His spoken word is very powerful about the stereotyping of Asian cultures in media, and everyday life. A lot of history and sophisticated notions included in the poem/spoken word that might go over the heads of younger kids. Best for 8th gradeClick Here to View.

stimming Stimming and Aspergers: Anthony’s Description (4:12 min, any grade)

A boy named Anthony who has Aspergers discusses stimming, a repetitive behavior those with Aspergers sometimes experience.  An interviewer off-screen asks him questions about stimming from his point of view and what he has to say about it is really interesting. Click Here to View.

SpeakerProfilePic* Rosie King: How Autism Freed Me to Be Myself (6:08 min, any grade)

Rosie King gives a TED talk at London’s conference discussing the idea that “you are so normal” is not a compliment anyone would want, and so being yourself even if that means being different from a lot of people around you is the best way to be. Click here to view.

sxswburcaw2Shane Burcaw: Happiness is Always an Option (6:43 min, any grade)

Shane has a debilitating disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy; his muscles have been slowly deteriorating his whole life and the disease will eventually take his life. He is learning to accept that reality and understand how to live his life and be happy despite his challenges. He created a blog called: Laughing at My Nightmare; it inspires many people.  Click here to view.

The Story Of Access: Stanley Nelson film for Starbucks ( 7:45 min, Grades 6,7,8)

This film was produced for Starbucks to use during a anti-racial profiling day they held for all their employees nationwide. The filmmaker, Stanley Nelson is MacArthur Genius fellow and is known for his work producing films about the African American experience including Freedom Riders and The Murder of Emmet Till. Click Here to View. Click here to view.

Richie Prichie-parkerarker: Drive, ESPN Feature (7:56 min, any grade)

Richie was born with no arms but he was determined to do anything everyone else could do. He even drives a car! In fact, his job as a grown-up is designing chassis and car body parts; he uses a computer to do this, but, he has to use his feet.  Click Here to View.

Lupita+Nyong+o+Arrivals+Hollywood+Film+Awards+-G0U7TkVTcuxOscar Winner Lupita Nyong’o Speech on Black Beauty for Essence  (4:54 min, 7 & 8)

Lupita Nyong’o talks about her personal experience with her skin color, prejudice she experienced and even imposed on herself, and how a letter from a little girl she had inspired brought it all together for her. It is a great, brief speech about being yourself and owning your identity.

Click here to view.

00106262-872801_catl_1200Stand By Me – Playing for Change: Song Around the World (5:27 min, all)

Musical tribute to collaboration and standing up for each other. Concord Music Group travels the world recording different street performers and people singing the song Stand By Me. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. (Playing for Change, 2010). Inspiring and heartwarming. Click here to view.

deka_arm Dean Kamen Previews a New Prosthetic Arm (less than 6 min, all)

Does the name Dean Kamen sound familiar? He invented the Segway and has used his wisdom and additional research to create a prosthetic arm of the future.  It is like the bionic man, but it is reality!  Click here to view.

jazz-jennings-24th-annual-glaad-media-awards_3559473Transgender at 11: Listening to Jazz (7:53 min, better for 7th or 8th)

Barbara Walters interviews Jazz who has known she is transgender since she was at least 3 years old. This interview is with Jazz, now 11. It is not easy sometimes being a girl when you have been born in the body of a boy; transgender children experience a lot of bullying and abuse even from adults. Jazz explains her feelings, and how she is managing at middle school; she is very happy and such an articulate speaker too.  Click Here to View.

Screen shot 2015-04-16 at 2.56.47 PMTom’s Coming Out Speech (3 min, better for 8th)

Tom decided to come out as trans male after hearing about the suicide of another trans gender person. He wanted to be his authentic self and gave this heartfelt speech to announce it. Click here to view.

ScreenHunter_02-Sep.-12-13.11-630x343Rion Paige: Judges are Blown Away on the X-Factor (6:59 min, any grade)

Rion was born with a disability; her arms don’t function properly and she is blind in her right eye. She exudes confidence and joy and then blows them away with her singing too. The video has some background story discussing her challenges as well as showing her amazing singing!  Click Here to View.

testimonials-300x225Xerxes Whitney: Teacher, Motivational Speaker, Inspiration! (6 min, any grade)

Xerxes is on of our speakers! He has CP and has made notable athletic achievements, but finally came to understand himself by meditating on his condition and embracing all of who he is instead of running from his physical challenges.  Learn about Xerxes! Â Click here to view.

8662354944_1db5b73312 Shabana Basij-Rasikh: Dare to Educate Afghan Girls.  TED talk (10 min, better for 7th & 8th)

Under the Taliban girls had to sneak out to get an education risking severe punishment and even death.  Basij-Rasikh discusses ways we can help to make education available for the women of Afghanistan.Click here to view.

maysoonMayzoon Zayid: I’ve Got 99 Problems… Palsy is Just One of Them (10 min, better for 7th & 8th)

Palestinian American born with Cerebral Palsy grew up to be a comedian. In this talk she talks about her difficult life journey openly and, obviously, with a lot of humor. Very inspiring and funny! Click here to view.



richard-turereRichard Turere: My Invention That Made Peace with Lions on TED.com  (7 minutes, all grades) 

Twelve year old Masai boy, Richard Turere, invents an humane solution for dealing with lions.  He describes his troubles and his invention and how it lead to his presenting at TED.Click here to view. 


160855_800x600 Adora Svitak: What Adults Can Learn from Kids (8:13 min, especially 6th grade)

This is another inspiring TED talk. This eleven-year-old is extremely entertaining, eloquent, and persuasive. She contends that many of us adults practice age-discrimination and that we actually have something to learn from kids. Svitak is hilarious; she has the TED members in stitches throughout the talk and will keep your students amused as well. Her final message is: You must lend an ear today, because we are the leaders of tomorrow. Click here to view.

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 Aimee Mullins and Her 12 Pair of Legs (10:02, 7th or 8th)

This is SO INSPIRING! Aimee was born without bones below her knees and she is a competitive racer, model and movie star. In this TED talk she shows off her different legs, shows slides of her film and modeling career and talks about her desire to be seen as able, in fact, super-able rather than disabled. A prosthetic limb doesn’t represent the need to replace loss anymore, it can stand as a symbol that the wearer has the power to create anything they want to create in that space.they can be the architect of their own identities from a place of empowerment. Click here to view.

  2014 Winter Olympic Games - Season 2014Amy Purdy: Living Beyond Limits (9 1/2 minutes, better for 7th and 8th)

Snowboarder Amy Purdy suffers a double amputation after miraculously surviving meningitis, but manages to return to snowboarding. She is such a hero! Very inspirational talk!  Click her to view.


Kiran Bir Sethi at TEDKira Bir Sethi Teaches Kids to Take Charge (9:32, all grades)

Bir Sethi is a teacher and has inspired children all over India to believe in themselves. She started with her own school, then her students motivated the city, and then children all over the country. She says she wants to infect every child with the “I can” bug because when kids believe they can make a difference they find creative solutions to many of the society’s problems and actually affect change. This not only empowers the child, and instills confidence, but is a contagious movement in which everyone wants to participate; children can make the world a better place. Click here to view.


281467_washington_591wMegan Washington: Why I Live in Mortal Fear of Public Speaking (13 minutes)

Megan is an internationally known singer, songwriter, but she has a stutter when she speaks. Singing has been her avenue to communication, is her “sweet relief” and is the only time she feels control over what comes out of her mouth. Here she is on TED and discussing this challenge; she is inspiring and entertaining. Click here to view.


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Team Hoyt: Dick and Rick Hoyt (10:00 min, all grades)

This you tube video can be shown by teachers. An access denied box will pop up when you try; click on the “login” and enter pmsteacher as the user name and the secret access code for pw.

Dick has cerebral palsy, and was expected not to make it through childhood. His family included him in everything, and when Dick learned to “speak” through a computer and told his father that running made him feel like he wasn’t disabled this inspired Rick to begin running races with his son; they are Team Hoyt. They have run many races and even triathlons. This is their story. Click here to view.


malalaMalala Yousafzai: Extended interview with John Stewart (16:10 min, 8th b/c of sophistication)

John Stewart interviews Malala on her views of the Taliban, the world, and her personal experiences. She discusses every day things, but also politics in Afghanistan. The way she describes her country with so much love and enthusiasm is amazing; her passion is infectious! Click Here to View.


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 Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story (18:49 min especially 7th and 8th b/c of sophistication)

Adichie, a novelist, is an engaging and inspirational speaker. In this TED talk she convinces her audience that one story is not enough to capture an individual, a society, and especially not a continent. She eloquently weaves stories of her own life into a conversation about cultural misunderstandings. The “single story” as she calls it limits people’s perspective, and promotes prejudice and stereotyping. It is a poignant piece and a much needed point of view; refreshing and inspiring for all ages. Students love her. Click here to view.


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 Temple Grandin: The World Needs Different Kinds of Minds (19:42 min, all grades)

The real Temple Grandin comes to TED and talks about different kinds of thinking. Grandin is autistic and is famous for her work with animals, in particular, cattle. In this TED talk she shows slides of her work and discusses autism and the way the autistic brain works; “I think in pictures…it’s like google for images”. She also weaves in her thoughts about how education might be missing opportunities in educating those with autism. She advocates for a variety of learning options for different types of learners, such as: hands-on activities, art, auto-shop, and less verbal communication. Click here to view.


Johnathan Harris Collects Stories (about 20 min, all grades, but sophisticated)

Harris is a digital story teller.  The first part of his talk is about capturing the story arch visually and creating different visual representations for the story.  The second half of his talk is about a project he created called “I Feel Fine.”  He visited Bhutan and asked people to rate their happiness and each person describes a little something about their life.  It is enlightening and uplifting!  You can skip to this part, if you want a shorter view.  Click here to view.