This section is dedicated to resources that are particularly relevant to recent global/domestic events.
Teachers, parents, all of us often find ourselves at a loss when children ask us why horrible things happen. The organization Educators for Social Change curated a valuable list of resources that teachers can use to address war in the classroom. Please see these resources as well as others specifically addressing the Russia/Ukraine conflict, at this link.
Facing History and Ourselves
Facing History and Ourselves has curated a rich group of timely resources that help teachers address specific events and issues in the news. With a variety of accessible resources and engaging teaching strategies, they can be used for all or part of a class period.
The Jan 6th Insurrection at the U.S. Capital
Teachers are on the front lines of a volatile culture war when it comes to educating students about Jan. 6. Issues of race, culture, and politics collide to create what amounts to quicksand for those who may wish to address the conflict. Yet, do not despair, there is some guidance out there. At the website linked below, social justice advocate, Henry J. Turner, provides multiple resources to help teachers process and address the insurrection of Jan 6, 2021 with students.
BIPOC Isn't Working? What Should We Call People of Color?
This opinion piece in Newsweek provides an interesting perspective on the use of the term BIPOC and whether it should be used to describe people from backgrounds other than White.
Social justice advocate Henry J. Turner provides teaching resources to address the insurrection of Jan 6, 2021.
PBS Newshour - The U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan
The Taliban is set to return to power in Afghanistan, 20 years after being ousted by U.S.-led military operations. The current situation in which thousands are fleeing the country has been referred to as a humanitarian crisis. What will Taliban 2.0 look like for Afghans? This website provides a resource lesson for teachers who wish to explore such issues.
Teaching About the Haiti Earthquake
Although it was created for the earthquake that took place in 2010, this webpage is currently being updated and offers a selection of website sources that teachers may find useful in teaching about the 2021 earthquake in Haiti and the ongoing humanitarian response. Please take time to look through and vet the resources thoroughly before presenting them in class, as some may be quite distressing. See also the 'Handling emotional issues' section of the page for help with student distress.
Inside the Haiti Earthquake is a "serious game" created for educational purposes, suitable for older students. Students can play the role of a survivor, a journalist, or an aidworker; the choices they make influence how the story progresses.
Critical Race Theory
EXPLAINED: The Truth About Critical Race Theory and How It Shows Up in Your Child’s Classroom This engaging and informative article discusses CRT's definitions, CRT's origins, and how it shows up in your child's classroom. It's definitely not the big bad wolf that some would like you to believe it is. In actuality, it's merely a theory that explicates the historical perspective of an honest, lived truth for many BIPOC in the US.
Drawing Conclusions: Parents Skeptical of Critical Race Theory Talk to Experts
This fascinating series of videos from 11 Alive, follows two metro Atlanta parents, Bart and Coley Glasgow from Canton, Georgia, who were concerned about critical race theory (CTR) and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs in public schools. The Glasgows went on a fact-finding journey, interviewed experts in African American studies, DEI, implicit bias, and America’s civil rights movement, then, made a final decision. Access the YouTube playlist here.
The Palestinian/Israeli Conflict
We join Facing History and Ourselves in mourning the loss of life and bearing witness to the trauma wrought by the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Like FH, we believe that students in every classroom should be confronting difficult histories, wrestling with contemporary issues, and navigating challenging conversations. We also encourage informed and respectful dialogue that references primary sources and multiple perspectives and inspires empathy for all who are suffering. Addressing the recent violence requires careful preparation by both educators and students and Facing History provides many valuable resources to support this effort.
If you choose to engage with your students about these issues, we recommend reviewing their Teaching With Current Events Checklist. You may also want to consult several articles they offer that present a range of opinions and perspectives to help you and your students unpack the roots, causes, and impact of these events:
As students navigate the news coverage of the recent events and the historical narratives of the conflict, they should also consider general ways in which distrust and hatred can engender violence and be reinforced by it. Facing History offers resources analyzing the dynamics of “us” versus “them” that illuminate how this dynamic connects to conflict and injustice. These resources also facilitate building empathy and trust across divides.
Finally, we understand that this is a complex topic with many viewpoints and we have only begun to gather resources to support further conversation and learning. Multiple perspectives are vital to our understanding of one another's humanity. If your perspective is not represented in these resources, we welcome you to share additional resources with email@example.com
The Murder of George Floyd
The murder of George Floyd. The Derek Chauvin trial. These are heavy, challenging times for us all, but particularly for communities of color. Education Minnesota has compiled a list of resources for educators and parents to help children and adolescents cope with and process this, and other traumatic events.
The Surge in Asian American Violence
Asian-American Harassment related to the COVID-19 Outbreak - This page provides Resource Links to support AAPI students and/or other students who may be experiencing hate crimes.
Support for Grieving Students
The Coalition to Support Grieving Students - The Coalition’s purpose is to create and share a set of free, industry-endorsed resources that will empower school communities across America in the ongoing support of grieving students.
Anti Bias Training
Get Trained to End Harassment! - Hollaback is an awesome nonprofit working to end harassment — in all its forms. They believe that everyone deserves the resources to respond to, prevent, and intervene in instances of harassment. Therefore, they provide both customized and free anti-harassment training experiences. They have many free training sessions scheduled for March-May 2021 that speak specifically to Asian American discrimination. Check them out!
Opportunities for White Folk in the Fight for Racial Justice: Moving from Actor, to Ally, to Accomplice
The ideas captured on this website, very much a work in progress, have been developed to support White people to act for racial justice. It draws from ideas and resources developed mostly by Black, Brown, and People of Color, and has been edited by Black, Brown, and People of Color. Hopefully, this chart challenges White folks to go outside of our comfort zones, take some bigger risks, and make some more significant sacrifices because this is what we’ve been asked to do by those most impacted by racism, colonialism, patriarchy, white supremacy, xenophobia, and hyper-capitalism.
Pulitzer Center's Top 10 Resources of 2021!
The Pulitzer Center education team creates standards-aligned lesson plans for K-12 classrooms that use underreported global news stories to cultivate a more curious, informed, empathetic, and engaged public.
In 2021, they published 66 new curricular resources. This webpage shares their top ten lesson plans of 2021, which were selected to reflect 2021's most-accessed curricular resources and spotlight a range of current issues and geographies.