Germán, co-founder of The Multicultural Classroom Consulting, said teaching racism “isn’t about being trendy or simply ‘doing the right thing.’... [It’s] about life and death, and we must teach in a way where people stop killing each other. We must teach in a way where marginalized communities are humanized and celebrated for their power and wholeness.”
Below, you’ll find a curated list of resources for teachers, school counselors, parents, administrators and the general public, broken down into the following categories:
Links to Bookmark
Contains resources for school leaders to help develop a community-driven message and a model for discussing race and violence.
Guides teachers on how to use young students’ understanding of differences to teach social justice through literature, news stories, anti-bias lessons and problem-solving.
Shows how educators can tune into and challenge implicit biases in themselves, their colleagues and their schools.
from The Atlantic
Looks at a recent study that shows math teachers, educators and researchers “are perpetuating racism in schools” in a way that is shaping students’ interactions and expectations with math.
from the Anti-Defamation League
A collection of lesson and unit plans for K-12 educators to promote critical thinking when teaching topics through the lens of diversity and bias.
from Citizenship and Social Justice
Inspired by the #CharlestonSyllabus, this curated list of resources is for those who want to learn more from perspectives “often underrepresented among many white circles.”
from The New York Times
A lesson plan from Jinnie Spiegler, the director of curriculum at the Anti-Defamation League.
Books to Read
All book descriptions are quoted from Goodreads.com
by Beverly Tatum
Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the dynamics of race in America.
by Carla Shalaby
Allows us to see school through the eyes of those who know firsthand what it means to be labeled a problem.
by Lisa Delpit
A must-read for teachers, administrators and parents striving to improve the education system.
by David Kirkland
A passionate call for educators to listen to the silenced voices of Black youth and to reimagine the concept of being literate in a multicultural democratic society.
by Django Paris and H. Samy Alim
A definitive resource on culturally sustaining pedagogies, including what they look like in the classroom and how they differ from deficit-model approaches.
by Robin DiAngelo
Groundbreaking book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when discussing racism that serve to protect their positions and maintain racial inequality.
by Dyan Watson, Jesse Hagopian and Wayne Au
A timely volume that should become a central staple in how we understand race and the radical imagery in K-12 classrooms.
by Ibram Kendi
In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history.
by Michelle Alexander
In this incisive critique, a former litigator-turned-legal-scholar provocatively argues that we have not ended, but simply redesigned, racial caste in America.
Books to Teach
All book descriptions are quoted from Goodreads.com
by Angie Thomas
Starr Carter, 16, moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil by a police officer.
by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Rashad and Quinn — one black, one white, both American — face the unspeakable truth that racism and prejudice didn’t die after the civil rights movement. There’s a future at stake, a future where no one else will have to be absent because of police brutality. They just have to risk everything to change the world.
by Margot Lee Shetterly
The amazing true story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program.
by Duncan Tonatiuh
Almost 10 years before Brown v. Board of Education, Sylvia Méndez and her parents helped end school segregation in California.
by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer
Based on the life of Dupuis’ grandmother, this is a hugely necessary book that brings a terrible part of Canada’s history to light in a way that children can learn from and relate to.
For more resources, visit the WeAreTeacher’s list of books about social justice or review the titles in Project Lit’s 2017-2018 book club.
Organizations to Follow
This organization unites over 100 USC professors who are experts on race and racism, people of color, immigration and other important dimensions of equity, working together on research, and the development of useful tools and resources.
Project Lit is a grassroots literacy movement empowering students, teachers, readers and leaders to bring diverse perspectives into literature in schools across the country.
The goal of EduColor is to elevate the voices of public school advocates of color on educational equity and justice.
BYP100 is a national group of Black 18- to 35-year-old activists and organizers dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people.
Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to schools and educators to help educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy.
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