Free Appearance Discrimination Lesson

Since 2004 the Dove Self-Esteem Project. has worked with leading experts in the area of body image to develop evidence-based tools. Aiming to ensure that the next generation grows up enjoying a positive relationship with the way they look—helping young people raise their self-esteem and realize their full potential. Through the Project, Dove has reached over 20 million young people with self-esteem education so far, and together we can reach millions more. Their resources include tools for parents, mentors, teachers, and youth leaders and are free to download and proven to build positive body confidence.

The hugely successful Dove Self-Esteem Project’s (DSEP) Confident Me! lessons are used widely and this week they launched a free, extension lesson that addresses appearance discrimination.

Click on this link to access the lesson that is being released today!

DSEP shares your understanding that appearance ideals or comparisons can negatively impact a student’s self-esteem and body confidence. For some students, the issue runs deep and is related to appearance discrimination. All students should feel included and respected. There is not always cognitive recognition by students, and maybe even educators, that appearance discrimination may be present in the classroom, school or community and that the results can negatively impact the student experiencing it.

With that thought in mind, DSEP has created a sixth or extension lesson addressing six categories of appearance discrimination:

  • Ableism
  • Color/Shadeism
  • Hair Discrimination
  • Racism
  • Sexism
  • Sizeism

The lesson helps students think about appearance ideals, appearance diversity and inclusion in our society. Students delve into the topic, and are assigned one of six case studies, written by people with lived experiences. It is recommended that students be placed in small groups when working with the case studies, to read, discuss and answer questions that truly make them think and problem solve. Lesson resources help students learn how to respond when they see or experience appearance discrimination and why it is important for the classroom environment to be inclusive and welcoming.

Educators may appreciate the comprehensive educator’s guide with prompts and suggested student responses, a presentation in the form of PDF slides and handouts for students. The educator’s guide also includes suggested resources. The lesson is designed to be completed within 50 minutes, however, depending on student engagement, the lesson may be longer. 

The new lesson was designed and academically validated to effectively and positively impact body confidence and self-esteem in youth.

To receive this lesson, click on the link and complete the form. As our thank you for your implementation, you will be entered into the DSEP incentive award drawing. Educators selected via a random drawing will either have the registration for their state or regional professional conference paid up to $250.00 or travel, meals, lodging and registration paid for their national professional conference. 

Have a productive and successful remainder of the school year!

Thank you to Michelle Rawcliffe, health educator and Dove Self-Esteem Project Cadre Trainer for sharing details of this lesson. I have used Dove resources in my classroom and students find them engaging and valuable.

Pair this blog post with:

Increasing Student Self-Esteem in a Media Saturated Society by Danielle Petrucci

She Is Risen by Kate Kalnes

You will also love this bookBody Happy Kids: How to help children and teens love the skin they’re in by Molly Forbes

This was a #slowchathealth Book of the Month selection

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