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Celebrating the rich and diverse culture and contributions of the diverse population of Arab Americans, National Arab American Heritage Month has been observed during the month of April since 2017.

An estimated 3.7 million Americans have Arab roots, according to the Arab American Institute, with ancestries traced to 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, including Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Palestine, Morocco, Iraq, Jordan, Yemen, Bahrain, Tunisia, Algeria, Sudan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and others.

The population who identified as Arabic-speaking in the U.S. Census grew more than 42% between 2000 and 2017. The number of Georgians who claim an Arab ancestry more than doubled since the Census first measured ethnic origins in 1980, and is among the fastest growing Arab populations in the country. The Census Bureau estimates the GA statewide population is close to 57,254.* The largest number of new Arab immigrants to Georgia came from Iraq, Somalia, and Morocco.

30 Books for Arab-american Heritage Month

A Kid’s Guide to Arab American History by Yvonne Wakim Dennis

Each chapter focuses on a different group of Arab Americans including those of Lebanese, Syrian, Palestinian, Jordanian, Egyptian, Iraqi, and Yemeni descent and features more than 50 fun activities that highlight their distinct arts, games, clothing, and food. Kids will love dancing the dabke, constructing a derbekke drum, playing a game of senet, making hummus, creating an arabesque design, and crafting an Egyptian-style cuff bracelet.

The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad

Faizah relates how she feels on the first day her sister, sixth-grader Asiya, wears a hijab to school.

My Grandma and Me by Mina Javaherbin

Whether it is down the hall to visit their friends or to the mosque during Ramadan or on a flight of fancy on a rocket ship, Mina and her grandmother are never far apart.

Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets by Hena Khan

In simple rhyming text, a young Muslim girl guides the reader through the traditions and shapes of Islam.

Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices

Eid. The short, single-syllable word conjures up a variety of feelings and memories for Muslims…Whatever it may be, for those who cherish this day of celebration, the feelings may be summed up by another short and sweet word: joy.

Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

A young Muslim girl puts on a head scarf and not only feels closer to her mother, she also imagines herself as a queen, the sun, a superhero, and more.

Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan

Having to take her younger sister along the first time she is invited to a birthday party spoils Rubina’s fun, and later when that sister is asked to a party and baby sister wants to come, Rubina must decide whether to help.

The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story by Rebecca Hickox

Since Maha’s father is away fishing most of the time, there is no one to help or comfort her. All that begins to change when Maha finds a magical red fish. In return for sparing his life, the fish promises to help Maha whenever she calls him. On the night Maha is forbidden to attend a grand henna to celebrate the coming wedding of a wealthy merchant’s daughter, the fish is true to his word. His magic sets in motion a chain of events that reward Maha with great happiness, and a dainty golden sandal is the key to it all.

King For a Day by Rukhsana Khan

Even though he is confined to a wheelchair, a Pakistani boy tries to capture the most kites during Basant, the annual spring kite festival, and become “king” for the day. Includes an afterword about the Basant festival.

Muhammad by Demi

Introduces Muhammad and the basic tenets of the Islamic faith.

My Friend Suhana by Shaila Abdullah

While volunteering with her mother at a community center, a seven-year-old girl befriends Suhana, also seven, whose cerebral palsy makes it difficult for her to communicate or control her movements. Includes facts about cerebral palsy.

My Name is Bilal by Asma Mobin-Uddin

When Bilal and his sister transfer to a school where they are the only Muslims, they must learn how to fit in while staying true to their beliefs and heritage.

The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid by Jeanette Winter

A biography of architect Zaha Hadid, who grew up in Baghdad and went on to design buildings all over the world.

Ten Ways to Hear Snow by Cathy Camper

Walking to her grandmother’s home to help make warak enab (Lebanese stuffed grape leaves), Lina discovers many ways to hear snow, from the scrape of a shovel on a sidewalk to the quiet pats of snowman-building.

Salma the Syrian Chef by Ahmad Danny Ramadan

Newcomer Salma and friends cook up a heartwarming dish to cheer up Mama. All Salma wants is to make her mama smile again. Between English classes, job interviews, and missing Papa back in Syria, Mama always seems busy or sad. A homemade Syrian meal might cheer her up, but Salma doesn’t know the recipe, or what to call the vegetables in English, or where to find the right spices! Luckily, the staff and other newcomers at the Welcome Center are happy to lend a hand–and a sprinkle of sumac. Salma brings her new friends together to show Mama that even though things aren’t perfect, there is cause for hope and celebration.

Farah Rocks Fifth Grade by Susan Muaddi Darraj

Fifth-grader Farah Hajjar and her best friend Allie Liu are hoping to go to the Magnet Academy for their middle school years, instead of Harbortown Elementary/Middle School; but when a new girl Dana Denver starts tormenting Farah and her younger brother, Samir, she decides she can not leave Samir to face the bully alone, especially since the adults and even Allie do not seem to be taking the matter seriously–so Farah comes up with a plan, one which involves lying to those closest to her.

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

Eleven-year-old Zomorod, originally from Iran, tells her story of growing up Iranian in Southern California during the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis of the late 1970s.

Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane

An Arab girl of the Sahara who wants to wear a malafa, the veiled dress worn by her mother and older sister, learns that the garment represents beauty, mystery, tradition, belonging, and faith.

Yara’s Spring by Jamal Saeed

Growing up in East Aleppo, Yara’s childhood has long been shadowed by the coming revolution. But when the Arab Spring finally arrives at Yara’s doorstep, it is worse than even her Nana imagined: sudden, violent, and deadly. When rescuers dig Yara out from under the rubble that was once her family’s home, she emerges to a changed world. Her parents and Nana are gone, and her brother, Saad, can’t speak – struck silent by everything he’s seen. Now, with her friend Shireen and Shireen’s charismatic brother, Ali, Yara must try to find a way to safety. With danger around every corner, Yara is pushed to her limits as she discovers how far she’ll go for her loved ones – and for a chance for freedom.

Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood by Ibtisam Barakat

In this powerful, groundbreaking memoir, Ibtisam Barakat captures what it is like to be a child whose world is shattered by war.

My Father’s Shop by Satomi Ichikawa

Come visit Mustafa in his favorite place in all of Morocco–his father’s shop. Here amongst the beauriful rugs, is an entire world of colors, textiles, and languages.

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

Sent with her mother to the safety of a relative’s home in Cincinnati when her Syrian hometown is overshadowed by violence, Jude worries for the family members who were left behind as she adjusts to a new life with unexpected surprises.

Rimonah of the Flashing Sword: A North African Tale by Eric A. Kimmel

Rimonah was born with skin as dark as a pomegranate’s peel and a voice as sweet as a pomegranate’s juice, and she was the fairest in all the land. She never knew a moment’s sorrow until the day her mother, the queen, died. Soon after, a cunning sorceress tricked the king into marrying her, and then, seething with jealousy, she plotted to kill Rimonah. But as Rimonah grew to be a fearless horsewoman, her goodness and bravery saved her time and again from her evil stepmother’s malicious trickery.

Time To Pray by Maha Addasi

When young Yasmin goes for a visit, her grandmother teaches her a Muslim’s daily prayers, makes special prayer clothes, and gives a gift that will help Yasmin remember when to pray. Includes facts about prayer customs.

Kids of Kabul by Deborah Ellis

Afghan children, ranging in age from ten to seventeen speak candidly about their lives.

Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam by Fawzia Gilani-Williams

Yaffa and Fatima live on neighboring date farms. When very little rain leads to a poor harvest, both women go to extra measures to make sure that their neighbor doesn’t go hungry.

One Green Apple by Eve Bunting

While on a school field trip to an orchard to make cider, a young immigrant named Farah gains self-confidence when the green apple she picks perfectly complements the other students’ red apples.

The Arabic Quilt by Aya Khalil

The beautiful story of diversity follows a young girl named Kanzi whose most treasured reminder of her old home provides a pathway for acceptance in her new one.

Under My Hijab by Hena Khan

As a young girl observes that each of six women in her life wears her hijab and hair in a different way, she considers how to express her own style one day.

Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed

Bilal and his father invite his friends to help make his favorite dish, daal, then all must wait patiently for it to be done.

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Foundational CSD Resources

It's Not an Achievement Gap - It's an Education Debt

Are you wondering why we are always talking about the education debt that CSD owes to our marginalized students? The philosophy comes from Gloria Ladson Billings - a simply phenomenal scholar who first coined the phrase. Learn more about the incorrect way we have defined the insistent achievement and discipline separations between the races of students in our classrooms.

EXPLAINED: The Truth About Critical Race Theory and How It Shows Up in Your Child’s Classroom

This engaging and informative article discusses what CRT is, from whence it originates, and how it shows up in your child's classroom. It's really not the big bad wolf that some would like you to believe it is.

Courageous Conversations About Race

The District has embarked on a multi-year professional development program. From students to administrators and board members, our anti-racism work has been guided by the Pacific Education Group (PEG). Pacific Educational Group’s (PEG) theory of change states, Courageous conversation precedes courageous action, and courageous action leads to racial equity transformation in our district, resulting in the elimination of racial achievement disparities (Singleton, 2014). For more information about CCAR, click the link below.

Culturally-Responsive Teaching & The Brain

Culturally responsive pedagogy can be a game-changer in a school’s pursuit of educational equity, but. CRT is more than just a set of activities, social justice lessons, or kinesthetic learning strategies. CSD educators studying CRT are building the capacity to discover the critical connections between student learning, culturally responsive practices, and neuroscience - thereby allowing them to customize CRT strategies, identify current mindsets that need to change in classrooms or schools, and practice Hammond's Ready for Rigor framework. for more information about CRT & The Brain, click the link below.

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain Webinar

by Zaretta Hammond
Discover from Zaretta Hammond how to use culturally responsive teaching to re-ignite authentic student engagement and accelerate learning - 57 min. (Start @ 1:50)

CSD's "Do 4" Culturally Responsive Education Framework

The Do 4 framework is a research-based compilation of best practices from multiple frameworks. The bibliography at the end of the document shares the primary work upon which the framework is based.

The framework has 4 quadrants. Each quadrant is further unpacked through four choices that educators, who are striving to employ a culturally responsive praxis, will intentionally make.

  • Quad One - Do for Self

  • Quad Two - Do for Students

  • Quad Three - Do for Curriculum and Assessment

  • Quad Four - Do for Instruction

In the Do 4 Framework, Intentionality is key - educators must make intentional choices and do intentional work to be (or become) effective educators for all students.

One-pager (seen above) discusses why children are never too young to learn about race.


Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events: Tips for Families and Teachers

When a large-scale traumatic event, such as COVID-19 occurs, it can cause strong and deeply felt reactions in adults and children. How adults express their emotions will influence the reactions of children and youth. This website provides suggestions for modeling healthy coping strategies and closely monitoring your own emotional state as well as that of those in your care.


Things for Grownups to Read

At this moment in history, there are literally hundreds of reading lists floating around with the goal of espousing anti-racism, Black history, and issues of social justice. Yet, just reading without acknowledging historical context and your own personal experience is merely indulging a trendy topic, or assuaging your guilt. It's great that you want to make a change, but reading alone won't get you there.

§ Just reading - allows you to check a box and say, “all done, I’m anti-racist!” or “not all white people do that,” or “not all cops are bad.”

§ Just reading - gives you the false confidence to doubt BIPOC colleagues, instead of accepting the painful truths about their experiences.

§ Just reading - absolves you from doing the real work - it's only informing yourself regarding the key points and demands of anti-racism.

§ Just reading - encourages performative gestures of outrage and solidarity and perpetuates the actual problem of systemic oppression.

§ Just reading - allows you to remain emotional about racism.

To be sure, reading is an important first step, but, anti-racism is a long game. The author of this article challenges you to go the distance, to do the real work of becoming anti-racist. So, how can you approach the hard work of becoming anti-racist? Start by reading the article before (or as) you read the books listed below.

ADL (1997). What to Tell Your Children about Prejudice and Discrimination. 1997. New York, NY & Chicago, IL: Anti-Defamation League and the National Parent Teacher’s Association.

This pamphlet, available in either English or Spanish, gives practical suggestions for parents to help their children appreciate diversity.

*Arnow, J. (1995). Teaching Peace: How to Raise Children to Live in Harmony – Without Fear, Without Prejudice, Without Violence. New York, NY: Perigee Books.

In this hands-on guide, the author explains to parents how to prevent prejudice and conflict while teaching children the importance of respecting all people.

Brooks, B.A., and Siegel, P.M. (1996). The Scared Child: Helping Kids Overcome Traumatic Events. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.

This guide begins by introducing the concept of trauma and its effects on people. The second section consists of a four-step debriefing process parents can use to help children cope with a traumatic event.

Bullard, S. (1996). Teaching Tolerance: Raising Open-Minded, Empathetic Children. New York, NY: Doubleday.

This is a guide for parents on ways to examine their own attitudes about diversity and foster tolerance and unbiased attitudes in their children.

Cohen-Posey, K. (1995). How to Handle Bullies, Teasers and Other Meanies: A Book That Takes the Nuisance Out of Name-Calling and Other Nonsense. Newark, DE: Rainbow Books.

This parent-child resource gives practical information and exercises on name-calling, prejudice, anger, and dangerous situations.

*Cohn, J. (1996). Raising Compassionate, Courageous Children in a Violent World. Atlanta, GA: Longstreet Press.

This book includes stories of children, parents, families, and communities overcoming fear and apathy to help others. Also included are research-based parenting techniques for fostering caring, helpful children.

Di Angelo, R. (2019). White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. New York, NY: Penguin.

This book provides a rare and incisive examination of the system of white body supremacy that binds us all as Americans. . . . With authenticity and clarity, Dr. Di Angelo provides the antidote to white fragility and a road map for developing white racial stamina and humility.

*Hagerman, M. A. (2018). White Kids: Growing Up With Privilege in a Racially Divided America. New York, NY: NYU Press.

White Kids, based on two years of research involving in-depth interviews with white kids and their families, is a clear-eyed and sometimes shocking account of how white kids learn about race. In doing so, this book explores questions such as, “How do white kids learn about race when they grow up in families that do not talk openly about race or acknowledge its impact?” and “What about children growing up in families with parents who consider themselves to be ‘anti-racist’?”

*Kendi, I.X. (2016). Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. New Your, NY: Hachette.

With a primary focus on racism toward African-Americans and people identified as Black, this National Book Award Winner is a thoroughly researched, sweepingly comprehensive survey of racism from its first traceable roots in ancient Greece when Aristotle said Africans had “burnt faces” to the start of the African slave trade in 15th century Europe, to the first recorded slave ship arriving in colonial America in 1619, all the way through the Civil War, the Jim Crow laws, the 1960s Civil Rights movement, and up to the present day.

*Mathias, B., and French, M.A. (1996). 40 Ways to Raise a Non-racist Child. New York, NY: HarperCollins.

Divided into five age-related sections, ranging from preschool to the teenage years, this book provides helpful and practical ways parents can teach their children to value fairness and equity by modeling these principles themselves in their daily lives.

*Oluo, I. (2019). So You Want to Talk About Race. Seal Press.

Reddy, M. (1994). Crossing the Color Line: Race, Parenting, and Culture. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Moving from memoir to theory, to literary analysis, to interviews with friends, this author shares her thoughts and experiences raising African American children in a predominately White society.

*Reddy, M. (1996). Everyday Acts Against Racism: Raising Children in a Multicultural World. Seattle, WA: Seal Press.

Twenty essays in this book, written by women of various cultural backgrounds, provide practical suggestions for teaching children how to oppose racism.

*Saad, L. F & Di Angelo, R. (2020). Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor. Sourcebooks.

For readers of White Fragility, White Rage, So You Want To Talk About Race, The New Jim Crow, How to Be an Anti-Racist, and more, who are ready to closely examine their own beliefs and biases and do the work it will take to create social change.

Stern, C., and Bettmann, E.H. (2000). Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice. New York, NY: Scholastic.

A guide for parents, other caregivers, teachers, and children with advice for adults about helping children who have been targeted by hate and about raising and educating children to be respectful and caring citizens.

Please consider purchasing any of these books from one of our local bookstores including:

* Our Equity Director thinks this book is simply awesome!

Talking About Race With Your Child

100 Race-Conscious Things You Can Say to Your Child To Advance Racial Justice

In honor of Raising Race Conscious Children’s 100th post, this list lifts a quote from each and every blog post to date, modeling language that has actually been used in a conversation with a child regarding race (and other identity-markers such as gender and class).



Parents of white children often struggle to work conversations about race "naturally" into the flow of the day, believing that race, like sexuality or body development, is a topic that necessitates a "big talk" in a time carved out from the flow of normal life. One of the best ways to raise healthy, race-conscious white children is to talk to them early and often about racial injustice and racial differences in the course of your daily family life. Local bookstore Charis Books, recommends the following books for all families, but especially for parents of white children who may be struggling to talk about racial injustice with their kids and teens.


Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance


Tip Sheets: For Talking with Kids About Race:


Resources for Talking about Race, Racism, and Racialized Violence with Kids

A list of links to multiple resources from The Center for Racial Justice in Education


Talking About Race

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has a wonderfully rich website with information to help you talk about race if you are an educator, parent or caregiver, or simply a person committed to equity. It's well worth the visit!

Your 5-year-old is already racially biased. Here’s what you can do about it.

a lot of us believe that children, especially White children, are racial innocents — completely naive, curiously fragile with respect to the realities of race, or both. The truth is that well before their teen years, the vast majority of children are well aware of prevailing biases, and most kids, of all racial stripes, have taken on a bunch of their own.

The Top 5 Reasons Well-Meaning White Parents Do Not Discuss Race With Their White Children

This is a post for well-meaning white parents of white children, in which, the author cuts straight to the point. "The time to ask, “what can I do?” in response to the overt and insidious forms of racism and violence against Black and brown people is over. White silence = violence."

Sesame Workshop - Coming Together: Talking to Children About Race and Identity

Designed to provide families with the tools they need to build racial literacy, to have open conversations with young children, to engage allies and advocates to become upstanders against racism, and more, Coming Together is rooted in extensive research and consultation with experts to develop a groundbreaking Racial Justice educational framework and curriculum for young children. The site's new ‘ABCs of Racial Literacy’ resources, launched in March 2021, are designed to help all families celebrate their own unique identities while also providing age-appropriate language and strategies to answer sometimes-tough questions around race and racism. Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit media and educational organization behind Sesame Street. All Sesame Workshop resources are free and available in English and Spanish.


Things to Read, Watch, Hear or Do With Your Child


Books Matter

During this time of crisis and change, many are home with children of all ages. If you are looking for books to read, ADL’s collection address issues of identity, bias and bullying. Their featured books come with discussion guides for teachers and parents


Autobiographies Matter

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir" by Patrisse Cullors and ashe bandele

"Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card" by Sara Saedi

Vernon Can Read!: A Memoirby Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.

" How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child" by Sandra Uwiringiyimana

Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the MovementBy John Lewis and Michael D’Orso

"March" (Graphic Novel Trilogy) by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

"Turning Pages: My Life Story" by Sonya Sotomayor

"Counting the Stars: The Story of Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician" by L. Cline-Ransome and R Colón

"Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah" by Laurie Ann Thompson

What Is The Difference Between a Refugee, a Migrant, an Immigrant, and an Asylum Seeker? - by Kim Mack

This is a brief but informative article explaining the differences and reminding us that names have meaning. Parents can discuss this information with both young children and teens and examine the ways in which different names have differing connotations.


Embrace Race: Raising a Brave Generation

Childrens' books filter that includes a variety of book lists:



This is an excellent book list curated by award-winning UGA scholar Bettina Love. Her suggestions are sorted by grade/age level.



CNN/Sesame Street Racism Town Hall - Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism

CNN's Van Jones and Erica Hill partner with "Sesame Street" for Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism, a town hall for kids and families. Watch the town hall in its entirety at the link below.


Say It Loud

A PBS Digital Studios series that celebrates Black culture, context, and history.


An Unnoticed Struggle: A Concise History of Asian American Civil Rights

By the Japanese American Citizens League.


Beyond Activism: Four Decades of Social Justice

A documentary by Asian Americans for Equality.



Code Switch

NPR podcast created by “a multi-racial, multi-generational team of journalists” that covers overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture and how they play out in our lives and communities.



A podcast series from New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah Jones that connects “past and present” by examining “the long shadow of American slavery.”


Nice White Parents

A limited-series podcast from the New York Times about building a better school system and how the most powerful force in shaping them, White parents, often get in the way.



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 some strong free training sessions scheduled for March-May 2021. Many of them speak specifically to Asian American discrimination. Check them out!


Workshop: Raising White Anti-Racist Children

The Center for the Study of White American Culture, which is a multiracial anti-racist organization, offers an online workshop that they say is also appropriate for all children. The next workshop is Thursday, February 11, 18 & 25, 2021:


The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum

Colloquially known as The Breman, this museum is a cultural center in Atlanta dedicated to Jewish history, culture, and arts with special emphasis on Georgia and the Holocaust. Open Sundays 11am - 4pm or by appointment.


The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History

A special library within the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, it opened in 1994 as the first library in the Southeast to offer specialized reference and archival collections for the study and research of African American culture and history and of other peoples of African descent. The library is open to the public.


LGBTQ+ & Gender

LGBTQ+ Read Alouds

Check out the beautiful virtual bookshelves with read-aloud books that feature LGBTQ+ characters and storylines. (Created by two school librarians from Toronto)


This is an excellent book list curated by award-winning UGA scholar Bettina Love. Her suggestions are sorted by grade/age level.


Updated Glossary of LGBTQ+ Terms

The PFLAG National Glossary of Terms is a curated list of LGBTQ+ terms. This may be helpful as we think about ways to help children be accepting and inclusive. Although many students aren't yet comfortable being open about their sexualities or gender identities, it is important to be prepared should you find yourself in a situation where a child has questions or needs support. One way to demonstrate inclusive behavior and make conversations easier and more comfortable is by using the right terms. PFLAG (provides confidential peer support, education, and advocacy to LGBTQ+ people, their parents and families, and allies.)


Mother of Transgender Child Shares Powerful Message

Hearing multiple perspectives of varied experiences builds empathy and acceptance. Here, a mother of an elementary student details her family's journey during their son's transition.


The Genderbread Person

This resource provides a unique, visual, and memorable way to examine trans and transitioning identity.


The Gender Cool Project

The GenderCool Project is a youth-led movement introduced to the district by RMS students. The Project is 100% student-driven and its stated goal is, to bring positive change to the world. The Gender Cool Champions are students who are helping to replace misinformed opinions with positive experiences regarding transgender and non-binary youth.


Transgender Reading List for Adults

Questions about transgender issues, gender identity, and transitioning aren’t just for kids and young adults. Adults have plenty of questions about those issues, and several more besides: how best to help a child who’s questioning their gender, how to help a friend or family member in transition, how to be a good friend or ally, or how to navigate the many complex legal issues that surround being transgender. The answers to those, and many other, questions can be found in the books listed on the PFLAG website.


Information Related to Specific Races/Cultures



Are you looking for ways for your children to learn more about Juneteenth? The New York Times offers five teaching ideas for exploring the holiday and its significance via a variety of media, including photographs, recipes, art, and a podcast interview.

My Reflection Matters (MRM)

This website offers online parent-teacher educational resources to support the healthy development of Black and Brown youths' racial and cultural identities.



SAADA: The South Asian American Digital Archive

This group "invite[s] you to learn about a key part of American and global history and contribute to it."



The campaign is a photography and storytelling series which challenges negative perceptions of AAPI individuals surrounding the COVID-19 crisis. You can request an appointment to share your story, be photographed, or report a hate incident to the campaign.


Anti-Asian Racism Guide for Asian Parents

It's ok if you don't know all the answers, know what to say, or even if you're scared to talk to your adolescent about racism. This guide will walk you through it.



SPLC - Protecting Immigrant Students’ Rights To A Public Education
Here you will find resources that can be used by families, advocates, educators, and school administrators to understand the responsibilities their schools and districts have to families. These resources can help you advocate for students facing language access or enrollment barriers in public elementary or secondary schools.



Blackhorse: Do You Prefer ‘Native American’ or ‘American Indian’? 6 Prominent Voices Respond

Amanda Blackhorse, Diné, speaks with prominent Native American voices about the discussion over the terms 'Native American' and 'American Indian.'




Many student groups are changing their names to use "Latinx" instead of "Latino" and "Latina." The action is controversial, with detractors and supporters on both sides. While it successfully moves outside of a perceived gender binary - some Latinos feel that it's problematic in other ways.

Latina/o/x Racial and Class Formations

CSD Parent Nicole Guidotti-Hernández has created a podcast that explains the difference between Hispanic, Latina/o, and Latinx. She also offers some historical context for the different racial and class formations that exist amongst Latinx populations in the US.



Do you watch Dora the Explorer with your kiddoes? Reading this may help. It's an academic article and thus a bit jargony, but it's an interesting take on the subject. Written by CSD Parent Nicole Guidotti-Hernández!



What is Disability Justice?

During the 2020-2021 school year, the Commission on Disability Equity worked to implement the principles of “disability justice” into their new leadership structure. The Commission has shifted away from treating disability as a single-issue concern, and towards a vision where they hope to engage in cross-movement solidarity in community-building and self-advocacy efforts.


The 10 Principals of Disability Justice

By Patricia Berne, with the support of Aurora Levins Morales and David Langstaff, on behalf of Sins Invalid. WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly: The Feminist Press. Volume 46, Numbers 1 & 2, Spring/Summer 2018


How to be an Ally to Disabled & Neurodiverse Folks in Activist & Academic Communities

Here are a few thoughtful ideas that the Blog Access Culture has compiled on how to be a better Ally to folks who have been left out of social and political movements/communities



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.

How do I make sure I'm not raising the next 'Amy Cooper'?

EmbraceRace had a conversation with Dr. Jennifer Harvey, about what the parents of White children, in particular, can do to ensure they're not raising white children who are quick to call the police on Black and Indigenous people and people of color.


Whiteness/White Privilege

Whiteness and white racialized identity refer to the way that white people, their customs, culture, and beliefs operate as the standard by which all other groups are compared. Whiteness is also at the core of understanding race in America.


The Invention of Whiteness: the Long History of a Dangerous Idea

Before the 17th century, people did not think of themselves as belonging to something called the white race. But once the idea was invented, it quickly began to reshape the modern world. This in-depth, revelatory article in the Guardian, by Robert Baird examines the origin and history of whiteness.


Developing a Positive White Identity

This article from the Unitarian Universalist Church describes actions white people can take to feel ok about being who they are.


Addressing Bias, Prejudice, Racism, & Hate

Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent's Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice

written by Dana Williams, illustrations by Vincent Nguyen, a Teaching Tolerance publication, Jan. 2010. https://www.tolerance.org/sites/default/files/general/beyond_golden_rule.pdf

Confronting Prejudice: How to Protect Yourself and Help Others

This resource from Pepperdine University educates readers on the prevalence of prejudice and implicit bias in society, including information about which marginalized groups are most likely to be harmed by prejudice. The resource features information about how one can be an ally and advocate for change, as well as how people experiencing discrimination can build resilience against these types of behaviors.


How to Talk to Your Children About Bias and Prejudice

Parents' questions and suggested answers about bias and prejudice.


6 Reasons 'All Lives Matter' Doesn't Work

Trying to understand the difference between "Black Lives Matter" and "All Lives Matter"? Try one of these six metaphors.


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.

10 Simple Ways White People Can Step Up to Fight Everyday Racism

For too long, White people have only heard about racism in the context of what not to do, but rarely, if ever, have they heard about how they can be proactive about the issue. This site provides information about steady, even simple steps for White people towards becoming allies in the fight against racial inequality, not merely bystanders — or worse, perpetrators.


Stand Against Hatred

Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a proud partner of Communities Against Hate, a diverse coalition coming together for the first time across communities to document hate and demand action.


How to be a Real Ally to People of Color

Put down the performative allyship and get real.


What is Systemic Racism? (Race Forward Video Series)


Floyd, Chauvin, and Trauma in Communities of Color

The murder of George Floyd. The Derek Chauvin trial. The recent rise in bias and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. These are heavy, challenging times for us all, but particularly our communities of color. Education Minnesota has compiled the following lists of resources for educators and parents to help children and adolescents cope and process these and other traumatic events.

Supporting Kids through Racialized Violence

In order to create a manageable and useful set of resources for you, here we consider "racialized violence" only its overt forms, including but not limited to widespread police brutality against Black, Brown and Native communities, White nationalism and hate crimes, and verbal and physical assaults against Muslim Americans and Asian Americans. You'll also find insights about how you can "put on your own mask first," and why you must; how to be an effective ally or accomplice to others under duress; and especially how to help children push back against racialized violence.


Don't Just Read or Watch - Reflect and Act!

As you explore the experiences on this resource page, there are some critical questions to simultaneously ponder that will help you grow, process, and take action:

§ What does what I've learned have to do with me?

§ How can I explain these concepts to my children and other young people?

§ What emotions are conjured up as I read? What’s that about?

§ What can I change about my daily behavior, relationships, policies?

§ How do I take this new learning past pontificating and theorizing?

§ How does this information connect with previous things that I’ve learned?

§ How much more is there to learn?

§ Who can I share this with?

§ Can I form a racial affinity group?

§ How can I lead my friends, family, and peers in taking up this work?

This work is complicated and twisty and involves balancing a whole lot of stuff. But if things are going to change, if things six months from now are not going to look just like six months ago, then there is hard work to do.

-Peter Greene - Curmuducation: Six Months from Now