For Educators

Photo provided by International Rescue Committee

The Bezos Family Foundation matched each pinwheel made during the Healing Classrooms Challenge with a $2 donation—up to $400,000—to the International Rescue Committee’s Healing Classrooms program. This program trains teachers in special techniques to engage conflict-affected children with social-emotional learning opportunities and to create secure, nurturing learning environments. The more pinwheels your team sends, the more children you’ll help!

To deepen students’ understanding of the Syrian crisis, conflict and peace issues, Students Rebuild provides educators with the following tools and opportunities. For even more, please visit our Free Resources page.

Healing Classrooms Challenge Toolkit

Our Toolkit is your comprehensive guide with details about the Challenge, step-by-step instructions on how to make pinwheels and three pinwheel templates, a detailed guide to hosting a pinwheel-making event and much more. Review it online or feel free to print out a copy!

Pinwheel Template

Our Template focuses specifically on step-by-step instructions for how to make pinwheels and includes three pinwheel templates. Review it online or print it out and use it at your pinwheel-making events!

Lesson Resources / Curriculum

The Students Rebuild Healing Classrooms lesson resources include links and a brief overview of several educational resources that we have curated for this Healing Classrooms Challenge. We encourage you to pick and choose from these lessons as way to help your students understand the interconnected issues at play in the Syrian conflict and connect in a meaningful way to the experience of their Syrian peers. Adapt the information we recommend to be developmentally appropriate for your classroom or aligned with your discipline and learning goals. Let your students use this learning to fuel their creativity and thoughtfulness as they make pinwheels for the Healing Classrooms Challenge—and participate fully in Students Rebuild.   

We also recommend two resources specifically developed with educators in mind: the I Am Syria Lesson Plan and Syria Deeply’s helpful background information about the Syrian conflict.

Live Webcast

Watch our Healing Classrooms webcast connecting Syrian and U.S. students in a cultural conversation: 


Visit the Students Rebuild YouTube channel for instructional and inspirational Healing Classrooms Challenge videos. Through these brief videos, you’ll learn more about the Healing Classrooms approach, beneficiaries of the program, the scale of displacement from Syria and the experiences of the children forced to flee their homes due to conflict. Feel free to share these videos before or during a pinwheel-making event—or at any time.