Equity Resources for educators

Equity Resources & Professional Development


Our department is dedicated to supporting the development of teacher pedagogy and practice. This page provides information about our district-wide PD initiatives and shares a group of powerful resources that can aid any educator's journey toward making their classroom more equitable.

See below for the following resources:

    • lesson plans, curriculum guides, video links, fellowship/grant information, book suggestions, websites/blogs/podcasts, and articles.


Take your time to engage with the drop-down menus below, contact our Equity Director, Dr. Banks, if you have any questions, and keep coming back! New resources will be added regularly.

Foundational district 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.


Courageous Conversations About Race
The District has embarked on a multi-year professional development program for the entire system. From students to administrators and Board members our anti-racism work is being 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.
https://courageousconversation.com/about/


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 relevant 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.

Although they have been working to develop the personal "Do for Self" component of the framework over the past three years - School-Based personnel will begin to engage in Do 4 staff development courses and discuss the application of theory to practice starting Fall 2022.

The Do 4 CRE Framework

The Do 4 CRE Instructional Framework - Year I


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.
https://crtandthebrain.com/about/


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)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2kzbH7ZWGg


Teaching Truth to Power: #TeachTruthSyllabus

Amid the tsunami of new laws attacking public school curricula, many include the admonition that teachers may not teach students that “the United States is fundamentally or irredeemably racist or sexist.”


Many of these new laws single out “critical race theory” and "The 1619 Project" as curricular bogeymen. However, whatever the particular terminology used in each state, many are united in their larger political goal: to rob children of access to a truthful, transparent, and inclusive past, an account of history that helps them fully see and understand their present.


Some hope to strip the classroom of its potential as a powerful democratic space, where students learn to see themselves not only as individuals, but as part of history, with the capacity to question, challenge, build solidarity, and act to transform society.


We must not let them.


The Zinn Ed. Project offers us the #TeachTruth syllabus as a gesture of defiance and education.


Teachers Are Just As Likely To Be Racially Biased As Anyone Else
This Forbes article summarizes a study by researchers at Princeton and Tufts Universities, who found that teachers and non-teachers hold both implicit and explicit pro-White racial bias and that the differences between the two groups are ‘negligible'. Sorry yall, according to them, you are as biased as everyone else. It's imperative to think about and own that truth as we construct policies for our schools and classrooms.

Race & Equity Teaching Resources

Talking About Race

How Should I Talk About Race in my Mostly White Classroom?
This resource from the ADL provides guidance and considerations for how to engage in reflection and discussion on race and racism with white youth.


Stop Hiding in Your Classroom - It's Time to Talk About Race
As educators, we (sometimes unknowingly) step into roles of advocate, caretaker, guide, and even mother or father to students. Students pay attention to everything we say and do. They particularly pay attention to our silence. We may be uncomfortable talking about race, but we can no longer afford to be silent. We have chosen a profession, which—like parenting—requires that our comforts come second to those of children. Uncomfortable with this? This article from Teaching Tolerance will help you start the conversation.
https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/fall-2016/dont-say-nothing


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!


31 Children's Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism & Resistance
https://www.embracerace.org/resources/26-childrens-books-to-support-conversations-on-race-racism-resistance


NYT - 26 Mini-Films for Exploring Race, Bias and Identity With Students
Teachers traditionally turn to literature, history and current events to open up conversations about race, bias and identity, but it’s always helpful to have a bigger toolbox to tackle such important and difficult issues. That’s why the NYT pulled together these 26 short New York Times documentaries that range in time from 1 to 7 minutes and tackle issues of race, bias and identity.


To help teachers make the most of these films, they also provide several teaching ideas, related readings and student activities.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/learning/lesson-plans/25-mini-films-for-exploring-race-bias-and-identity-with-students.html


A TED Talk: What Kids Should Know About Race

Learn how Angelica Dass is building tools for educators around the world to encourage inclusion and equality.

https://angelicadass.com/public-speaking/ted-talk-nyc-usa/

Racial Equity, Anti-Racism, & Education

What is Systemic Racism? (Race Forward Video Series)

https://www.raceforward.org/videos/systemic-racism


RACE: A Teacher's Guide

This serves as a teaching tool to assist educators in addressing race and human variation in the classroom. Biology, Social Studies or Social Sciences classes may benefit most from the content.

https://understandingrace.org/ForTeachers

PBS: A Matter of Race - Films and Teacher's Guide

In Matters of Race, PBS seeks to explore our separate, as well as shared, past and present. In these stories of our individual and collective lives, PBS presents people grappling with race and its meaning in American society. Through these various narratives, we begin to learn about our shared experiences. The films

challenge us to find a way not just to tolerate difference but respect it. The teacher's guide helps us navigate this work in our classrooms.

https://www-tc.pbs.org/mattersofrace/pdf/teachers_guide.pdf

http://www.pbs.org/mattersofrace/index.shtml


The Learning Network: Resources for Teaching About Race & Racism With the New York Times

This highly regarded resource offers A curated collection of over 75 lesson plans, writing prompts, short films, and graphs relating to racism and racial justice.

https://www.nytimes.com/section/learning


Interrupting Bias (Learning for Justice)

This site addresses basic ways that teachers and students can stand up against biased statements as soon as they arise.

https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/publications/speak-up-at-school/in-the-moment/basic-strategies


How to Talk to Kids About Microaggressions (Embrace Race)

Sadly, children are no strangers to microaggressions. They occur every day and can cause significant harm. So, what can adults do when we become aware that our children have either committed or been subjected to microaggressions? Here are some suggestions. (Also check out the related webinar with Anatasia and with Dr. Stan Huey: Why and How to Talk to Kids About Microaggressions.)

https://www.embracerace.org/resources/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-microaggressions


A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America
By Ronald Takaki, adapted by Rebecca Stefoff. 2012.
An adaptation for young readers of the classic multicultural history of the United States, A Different Mirror. A multicultural history of America, in the voices of Native Americans, African Americans, Jews, Irish Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and others.
http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/62404.htm


A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America
By Ronald Takaki, 2008.
A multicultural history of America, in the voices of Native Americans, African Americans, Jews, Irish Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and others.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpq722mR6nE

Anti-Racist Book List for ALL Ages K - Adult!
A comprehensive 57-slide presentation that provides clickable links to hundreds of books.
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1CCj-ZY7zHPgeghMKmSD2i_4qUlBbmFy3WgwjN1pQRZQ/mobilepresent?fbclid=IwAR1yRw9p9jsiVViMDf2rjke6F1SaEpaFUvsLprI9LhkHDbYBBopQ5RpINiE&slide=id.g6d812da526_0_184


An Essay for Teachers Who Understand Racism Is Real
This Education Week essay is written by the brilliant UGA scholar, Betina Love. She says,

This essay is not to enumerate the recent murders of Black people by police, justify why protest and uprising are important for social change, or remind us why NFL player Colin Kaepernick took a knee. If you have missed those points, blamed victims, or proclaimed "All Lives Matter," this article is not for you, and you may want to ask yourself whether you should be teaching any children, especially Black children.


This article is for teachers who understand that racism is real, anti-Blackness is real, and state-sanctioned violence, which allows police to kill Black people with impunity, is real. It is for teachers who know change is necessary and want to understand exactly what kind of change we need as a country.


Cyber Racism: International Approaches to Anti-Racism Education
This Australia-based site, also known as International Approaches to Anti-Racism Education, includes classroom activities, a library of readings, and other resources on education equity. This particular page of the site addresses cyber racism. Or, racism that takes place online. The page provides case studies, research, and more information regarding racism in the virtual world.


Women in the Civil Rights Movement

An interactive timeline created by the National Women's History Museum starts in 1780 with the first legal fight for freedom in Massachusetts, where an enslaved woman named Elizabeth Freeman sued the Ashley family for her freedom in court, and moves throughout history until the Black Lives Matter movement initiated by Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi in 2013.

Racial Trauma & Education

Say Their Names!
An excellent and extensive toolkit from Chicago Public Schools that provides suggestions and strategies for educators and parents having conversations with young people in school and at home about race, racism, racial violence, understanding biases, and how to take action for racial justice. They begin by suggesting that you read the article above before diving in.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eNpj8hR7q_XZljgcC8XM5oZVUA72_h51HmNH0FCLO14/preview?pru=AAABcpZq-40*KuJYPwq9LTCgAjeNOohIjA#


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 resources for educators and parents to help children and adolescents cope and process these and other traumatic events.


Anti-Blackness Toolkit

While this article is geared toward anti-blackness in the workplace, it is also relevant for the classroom. If you need assistance in converting the activities or content contact the Equity and Student Support Department for assistance.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QKfecuw8DPf7ywZjbtRK3rDMpI69qkpP/view?usp=sharing


RESOURCE PAGE: EMPOWERING EDUCATION ON RESISTANCE TO WHITE SUPREMACIST TERROR
Here, The Ida B. Wells Education Project provides a list of resources that support their Feb. 2021 workshop which addressed discussing White supremacist terror in the classroom. Topics covered are: Reconstruction, The Free Black Press, Protests, Political Organizing and the NAACP, Protests and Political Organizing Against Lynching, Artists Against Racial Violence, Teaching About Race Riots Race Massacres, Violence and the Civil Rights Resolution, Police Violence is White Supremacist Violence, and Fighting White Supremacy Today. This topic/these resources are not for the faint of heart, but, if you're ready, I mean really ready, this can be a transformative experience for your students - an entirely new way to examine and interrogate US history.

https://www.idabwellseducationproject.org/resource-page-resistance-to-white-supremacy

Equity & Education

20 (Self-)Critical Things I Will Do to Be a More Equitable Educator - by Paul Gorski
In this post, Gorski reflects upon the work teachers can personally do to be more equitable in- and outside the classroom.

Edutopia. org

This highly-recommended site offers a plethora of lesson plans and other valuable resources. It is part of the George Lucas Foundation, an organization dedicated to transforming K-12 education so that all students can acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. Founded by innovative and award-winning filmmaker George Lucas in 1991, the foundation takes a strategic approach to improving K-12 education through two distinct areas of focus: Edutopia and Lucas Education Research.

https://www.edutopia.org/


Rethinking Schools
Rethinking Schools attempts to be both visionary and practical . . . practical, because for too long, teachers and parents have been preached at by theoreticians, far-removed from classrooms, who are long on jargon and short on specific examples. Most importantly, it remains firmly committed to equity and to the vision that public education is central to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy. While writing for a broad audience, Rethinking Schools emphasizes problems facing urban schools, particularly issues of race and believes that classrooms can be places of hope, where students and teachers gain glimpses of the kind of society we could live in, and where students learn the academic and critical skills needed to make that vision a reality.
https://www.rethinkingschools.org/


Southern Poverty Law Center: Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance)
Learning for Justice is a national education project dedicated to helping teachers foster equity, respect, and understanding in the classroom and beyond. The site includes activities, articles, fact sheets for students, and more.
https://www.learningforjustice.org/frameworks/social-justice-standards


The Zinn Education Project
The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. Based on the lens of history highlighted in Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States, the website offers free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level.
https://www.zinnedproject.org/


PBS - Classroom Resources and Lesson Plans
Here, PBS has pulled together resources to help educators teach students about peace, tolerance, war, patriotism, geography, and other related issues.
http://www.pbs.org/americaresponds/educators.html


Teaching Tolerance, Us Vs. Hate
#USvsHate is a program led by young people and the educators who work with them, and its goal is as simple as it is ambitious: to stand up against bigotry and create safe and welcoming schools for all.
https://www.tolerance.org/usvshate


Beyond Activism: Four Decades of Social Justice

A Film by Peter Hutchison and Asian Americans for Equality

Explores the growth of the Asian American civil rights movement, from its genesis at protests against discriminatory hiring practices and police brutality to the next stage of advocacy when the groups that were forged in the midst of these demonstrations evolved into community development organizations committed to social justice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ1Nu7fu30U&feature=youtu.be

Teaching About Holidays

PBS - Holiday Classroom Resources and Lesson Plans
Here, PBS provides a collection of resources (videos, games, brochures, etc.) regarding holidays. Get to know the history and significance behind these U.S. holidays (and more!) with this site. Some resources are pretty rich, others, thin. Yet the information they provide is valuable nonetheless.

https://pba.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/holidays

The History Channel - Holidays
Here, the History Chanel provides video information about various holidays. Still not a really diverse presentation, but good information nonetheless and more diverse than the resource above.

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays


Teaching Juneteenth
This lesson plan examines the celebration marking a day in 1865 when enslaved Texans learned they’d be free—two months after Robert E. Lee surrendered and ended the Civil War and two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Lessons about Juneteenth should recognize the challenges that those who fight injustice have always faced, but they shouldn’t place a singular focus on the tragedy of enslavement. Students, particularly Black students, can find empowerment in a lesson celebrating culture, activism, and the humanity of a people.
https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/teaching-juneteenth


Holidays Celebrations in Many Cultures

This Site provides a listing of every multicultural holiday you can think of, with dates and descriptions.

https://www.diversitybestpractices.com/2021-diversity-holidays

Heritage Months

Diversity Best Practices has developed these resources to help your teams better understand the various U.S. Heritage Month celebrations. the site offers facts, resources, and best practices to support your heritage month celebrations.

https://www.diversitybestpractices.com/diversity-holidays-and-heritage-months

U. Mass Amherst: Heritage Months

See this awesome list of anti-racism resources from U.Mass Amherst including links to resources regarding Disability Awareness Month, Native American Heritage Month, Black Heritage/History Month, and Women's History Month. Additional commemorative monthly pages will be added throughout the year.


Veterans Day

Students can learn about the 442nd Battalion (Japanese Nisei soldiers and the most decorated regiment in US history) and Filipino American soldiers during WWII. Senator Daniel Inouye is a WWII vet (children's book), who lost his arm in combat, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, and a legislator who fought for Civil Rights and LGBTQ rights.


K-2 Book Resource List for Ramadan, Holi, Lunar New Year, etc.

*I will note that teachers should not call Lunar New Year Chinese New Year unless they are speaking specifically of how it is celebrated by the Chinese diaspora. A common mistake made in 2021 in our schools that was corrected by parents.

https://airtable.com/shrFpwhS1ZE1By68A/tbllGn44UxvbOtfKc/viwztFmZi1UXEJ2du/recjegskAo5tpsHMY/fldznarUcOpTI8GWX/attHnzRpoVCrhRuZT

Disability & Education

Respectability.org

Ensuring children with disabilities receive the education and training they need to succeed is vitally important. Nationally, only 65 percent of students with disabilities graduate high school each year compared to 86 percent of students without disabilities. That means there is a 21-point gap in outcomes. Furthermore, only seven percent of students with disabilities graduate from college. As such, educators have a critical role to play in empowering more students with disabilities to succeed.


Teachers are important partners in the efforts to overcome bias, barriers and stigmas by promoting and implementing best practices in the classroom. Below you will find a website with myriad resources to teach students about disability and assist students with disabilities to succeed. You also will find recommended reading for both children and adults.

https://www.respectability.org/resources/education-resources-disability-issues/


How Teachers Can Help Students With Special Needs Navigate Distance Learning

Distance learning is challenging for many learners but can be even more challenging for students with learning, attention, or social-emotional needs.


As educators, we are tasked with an unprecedented challenge: Figuring out how to reach and teach diverse learners online. It’s not easy. But it’s critical for so many of our students. Even more so for students who already face challenges in their daily lives. The website below from Berkley provides tips for educators to boost their engagement and connection.

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_teachers_can_help_students_with_special_needs_navigate_distance_learning


Disability Social History Project
This site represents a movement by people with disabilities to reclaim their history and to highlight the contributions of people with disabilities in the history of the world. Resources include a timeline and an index of related sites.


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.

https://code.as.ucsb.edu/what-is-disability-justice/


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

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5bed3674f8370ad8c02efd9a/t/5f1f0783916d8a179c46126d/1595869064521/10_Principles_of_DJ-2ndEd.pdf


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

https://accessculture.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/how-to-be-an-ally-to-disabled-neurodiverse-folks-in-activist-academic-communities/


Meltdown Bingo: Autistic Edition

Autistic personality and mother of an autistic child, S. M. Neumeier, shares the following with the greater community using a lighthearted, yet painful approach.

Because meltdowns (and what follows from them) are horrible, there should be a Meltdown Bingo… from an autistic perspective. I’m posting one here, as well as explanations for each square, so that [educators] can have a better idea of what a meltdown actually is and why treating it as something that an autistic person does to the people around them is a problem.

https://silencebreakingsound.wordpress.com/2015/12/21/meltdown-bingo-autistic-edition/


The Disability Visibility Project

Alice Wong's Disability Visibility Project is an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture. They publish original essays, reports, and blog posts about ableism, intersectionality, culture, media, and politics from the perspective of disabled people. This is a good place to gather first-hand information from people living with disabilities.

https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/about/

Gender Spectrum, Transition, LGBTQ+ & Education

Facing Trans: Inclusion, Advocacy, and Empowerment Workbook, Guide, and Resource Packet

This resource packet by trans activist Jessica Pettitt was produced in 2009 and is not the "end all be all" resource concerning trans identities, trans students, or trans resources. In fact, it is a bit out of date due to progressive changes in society and in schools. Nevertheless, it provides some unique and excellent resources for older students that are still relevant today. Give it a look and you will find many things that support your work in the classroom.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/17IHeNK1waRa8cdIrdHKdsA1rOFXWQdor/view?usp=sharing

Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools

This excellent resource from the ACLU, Human Rights Campaign, NEA, and others provides many solid and plentiful resources for students of all ages, teachers, administrators, district personnel.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/17upzdUymBbb9mr3jfaf4XvQ0YoAMaDwj/view?usp=sharing


The Genderbread Person

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

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PXmXpJPeezjTXUJBGm2Axg1Ur7nZUIRL/view?usp=sharing


LGBTQ+ - Visibility and Integration in Elementary Schools

While many LGBTQ-inclusive school supports begin in middle or high school, it is critical for elementary schools to establish a foundation of respect and understanding for all people. This GLSEN educator guide discusses ways in which teachers, administrators, and district leaders can implement best practices for inclusion, address questions and pushback, and implement curriculum, regarding GLBTQ+ individuals. The article at the following link also provides valuable resources.

https://www.glsen.org/blog/teaching-early-childhood-education-non-binary-trans-person


An Updated Glossary of LGBTQ+ Terms

McGill School Nurse Supplies keeps a curated list of LGBTQ+ terms. This may be helpful as we think about ways to be accepting and inclusive in our classrooms. 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 student has questions or needs support. One way to demonstrate inclusive behavior and make conversations easier and more comfortable is by using the right terms. Always listen for and respect a person’s self-identified terminology.

https://www.macgill.com/2021/08/09/promoting-diversity-and-inclusion-part-3-an-updated-glossary-of-lgbtq-terms/


The Gender Cool Project

The GenderCool Project is a youth-led movement introduced to the district by BHMS 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.

https://gendercool.org/


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.

https://pflag.org/resource/transgender-reading-list-adults


Asian Education

Google Arts and Cultures: AAPI Cultures.

What a Wonderful, Rich, Deep, Resource!

Amid the myriad options for gathering information on the AAPI community lies this resource informed by such entities as The National Museum of Asian Art, The Chinese American Museum, and the Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies. It provides videos, podcasts, art, poetry, personal narratives, and the list goes on and on! My only warning is that you will get caught up and spend your whole day scrolling! Please please PLEASE check it out! Start with the personal interview with Buford Highway Vietnamese Restaurant owner Hieu Pham.

https://artsandculture.google.com/project/aapi-cultures

Addressing Anti-Asian Violence and Bias

Amid the pandemic, Asian American people continue to experience racism, violence and harassment. These resources can help teachers discuss the historical precedents for this moment, introduce ways for students to recognize and speak up against coronavirus racism, and start conversations with even the youngest learners about recognizing and acting to address injustice.

Click here for a link to multiple resources.


After Atlanta: Teaching About Asian American Identity and History

One Learning For Justice award winner shares the conversation she started with students the day after the attacks in Atlanta and recommends resources anyone can use to teach about Asian American history and identity.

https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/after-atlanta-teaching-about-asian-american-identity-and-history


SAADA: The South Asian American Digital Archive

There are 4,150 unique items available online in SAADA. The database sponsors "invite[s] you to learn about a key part of American and global history and contribute to it." They have 4,150 items in the largest publicly accessible archive of South Asian American history, 130 original articles by scholars of South Asian America, and 117 - presentations and events, delivered and held at venues across the country.


A Lesson on the Japanese American Internment
Teaching Activity. By Mark Sweeting. Rethinking Schools.
How one teacher engaged his students in a critical examination of the language used in textbooks to describe the internment.
https://www.zinnedproject.org/materials/lesson-on-the-japanese-american-internment


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

A brief but fascinating and informative historical brochure produced by the Japanese American Citizens League.


After Atlanta: Teaching About Asian American Identity and History

One Learning For Justice award winner shares the conversation she started with students the day after the attacks in Atlanta and recommends resources anyone can use to teach about Asian American history and identity.

https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/after-atlanta-teaching-about-asian-american-identity-and-history


Podcast: Self-Evident

The authors launched Self Evident in 2019 with a goal to build serious infrastructure for audio storytellers and to enable them to tell stories that honor the everyday lives of Asian American people.

https://selfevidentshow.com/


Resource List: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago

This link accesses an extensive ECE resource list that Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago is working on for Illinois. It includes children's book recommendations and videos.

https://airtable.com/shrFpwhS1ZE1By68A/tbllGn44UxvbOtfKc


Kindergarten Cultural Identity Lesson: ‘Patka’ Sikh Youth Head Covering

Names and Sikh head covering. Food in culture - reading about different cuisines would be great, since many Asian cultures have deep roots in thousands of years of culinary arts. Some of my kids' teachers already did this. Teaching kids not to say, "yuck" but "that's not my taste" is an excellent tool.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DaEXbZt1xUedRFn1p53lOmTD2hoR0ejQHJZWSDl8mtI/edit


K-2 Lesson Plan: Naming & Personal Identity

The cultural identity importance of names and name-granting in Asian American cultures; Chinese names and how the placement of a name traces family history.

https://airtable.com/shrFpwhS1ZE1By68A/tbllGn44UxvbOtfKc/viwztFmZi1UXEJ2du/recvHpoe52KNvUE9e/fldznarUcOpTI8GWX/attzSNrPRVOkhQhjR

Black Education

No, You Should Not Be Teaching Black Children if You Reject Anti-Racism

This well-laid-out, informative article explains why it is SO important for teachers to be anti-racist and act as anti-racist allies. As Al-Mekki states, "We need anti-racist White teachers, co-strategists and laborers in this work who are open to being deeply self-reflective about how to be the most effective at teaching black and brown children".


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.
http://www.myreflectionmatters.org/resources/?mc_cid=701c85b354&mc_eid=7306e23a60


Teaching Tolerance: Black Lives Matter
These resources can help you talk with students about the historical context and mission behind Black Lives Matter and work toward making your school a more affirming, safer space for Black students.
https://www.learningforjustice.org/the-moment/june-1-2020-black-lives-matter?utm_source=Teaching+Tolerance&utm_campaign=e43cd0cbc0-Newsletter+6-9-2020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a8cea027c3-e43cd0cbc0-83000435


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.

https://www.parents.com/kids/responsibility/racism/reasons-all-lives-matter-doesnt-work-in-terms-simple-enough-for-a-child/


The Abolitionist Teaching Network

This highly-recommended Network's mission is to develop and support those in the struggle for educational freedom utilizing the intellectual work and direct action of Abolitionists in many forms. Abolitionist Teachers believe that no Black, Brown, or Indigenous child is disposable. They believe we must embody the spirit of Black Lives Mattering, not just say Black Lives Matter. ATN awards grants to teachers who strive to disrupt inequalities and injustice within their schools, communities, or both. This site is an invitation and location for Abolitionist Teachers to individually and collectively generate critical reflection and action.

https://abolitionistteachingnetwork.org/resources-for-agitators

Education and Criminalization: Do #BlackLivesMatter - in Schools?
This resource and reading list was curated by Dr. Subini Annamma who created it because she, "noticed that a lot of the lists are ignoring education, particularly k-12 education and the ways it reproduces anti-Blackness, white supremacy, and racism in schools to construct Black youth as criminals." As more and more is written about the ways society enacts anti-Blackness and white supremacy against Black youth, less addressed in many reading lists & syllabi is the role education plays in such outcomes. The goals of the multiple articles and research studies on this list are to highlight how schools (re)produce criminalization of Black youth.

Immigrant/Refugee Students & Education

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.

https://www.splcenter.org/plyler


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.

https://preemptivelove.org/blog/difference-between-refugee-migrant-and-asylum-seeker/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=ppc&utm_campaign=Croud_Google_US_BOF_Search_Non-Brand_Blog-DSA&utm_campaign_id=11608459376&utm_content=479536073227&utm_term=


Re-Imagining Migration
Immigrant-origin youth are one of the fastest growing sectors of the US population accounting for 23% of children and 33% of young adults. Eighty-five percent are people of color. While the children of immigrants arrive in classrooms eager to learn, their positive attitudes are often undermined by social hostility, divisive rhetoric, and anti-immigrant bigotry. The vast majority of school faculty have never received training on how to best serve immigrant origin students, build bridges between students, teach about human migration, create culturally supportive classrooms, or manage difficult conversations about immigration; this resource-rich site shows us how. Some of it's key resources are listed below.


Moving Stories

Migration is our shared experience as humans. Explore stories that help us to understand ourselves, our communities, and the world. Some questions the first section of this resource explores are the following:

  1. In what ways do stories of migration help us understand who we are?

  2. What can we learn from the many visible and invisible stories of migration around us?

  3. How can we approach the sharing of stories of migration with understanding and compassion?

https://reimaginingmigration.org/moving-stories-resource-collection/


Understanding Migration

The resources on this page support the second section of the Re-imagining Migration learning arc and help learners develop an informed perspective on shared migration experiences. They are divided into three themes:

  1. Life before migration

  2. The journey

  3. The ecology of adjustment after migration.

https://reimaginingmigration.org/understanding-migration/


Turning to Action

Explore the ways that individuals and communities work to create inclusive and sustainable societies for a world on the move. Among the questions that educators explore in this section of the learning arc are:

  1. How can we take action towards more inclusive and sustainable societies?

  2. What issues related to migration do we care about and why?

  3. What can we learn from individuals and groups who have addressed migration in the past?

  4. How might we use our voice and spheres of influence to create and sustain inclusive and welcoming communities?

https://reimaginingmigration.org/turning-to-action/

Indigenous/Native Education

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

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

https://indiancountrytoday.com/archive/blackhorse-do-you-prefer-native-american-or-american-indian-6-prominent-voices-respond

100 Ways to Support—Not Appropriate From—Native People

November is Native American Heritage Month, when the U.S. is supposed to celebrate our Indigenous Native, population and their contributions to the world. In recognition of the season, let’s start with 100 ways you and yours can be allies toward the Indigenous peoples of this continent.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/pa5a3m/how-to-be-an-ally-to-native-americans-indigenous-people


Indigenous Creators are Nurturing A Space on TikTok to Educate and Entertain

Students can learn from and enjoy multiple TikTok videos referenced in this PBS News Hour article.


“We have tons of examples of terrible representations,” Loyer (a content creator) said, specifically highlighting sports teams that use Indigenous names, people, and stereotypes as mascots. Loyer said this is one of the reasons Indigenous people producing their own culturally-accurate TikTok content is important for representation.


“The more that we get to see these little pockets of the world, aren’t we all better for it?” she added.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/how-indigenous-creators-are-nurturing-a-space-on-tiktok-to-educate-and-entertain

"Isms" & Education

Bodyism

What’s Wrong With Fat-Shaming?

Why the fat-shaming of overweight and obese children is so harmful. Discusses Georgia organization Strong4Life and its multimedia ad campaign aimed at drawing attention to childhood obesity.

https://everydayfeminism.com/2013/02/whats-wrong-with-fat-shaming/?upw


Jewish Education

YAD Vashem - Holocaust Video Toolbox
The Holocaust Education Video Toolbox is designed to help educators teach the Holocaust. The focus is on methodological and pedagogical suggestions that aid with this often daunting task, as well as practical materials and discussion points for classrooms and groups - hence the name, Video Toolbox.
https://www.yadvashem.org/education/educational-videos/video-toolbox.html


Jewish Questions

Jewish Questions is the University of Washington's Stroum Center for Jewish Studies’ podcast on issues that matter now in Jewish life, politics, history, and culture — from a scholarly perspective.

https://jewishstudies.washington.edu/jewish-questions-podcast-anti-semitism/


Cybary of the Holocaust
This online multimedia library of resources on the Holocaust includes photographs, a teacher’s guide, poetry, and myriad other diverse learning experiences for both teachers and students.

Latinx Education

Latina/o/x
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.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/12/08/students-adopt-gender-nonspecific-term-latinx-be-more-inclusive

https://swarthmorephoenix.com/2015/11/19/the-argument-against-the-use-of-the-term-latinx/?sfw=pass1630508458


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.

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4RlWrhtUtq8aPlv0wzg9FV?si=FCPYHPi2QgexyyBfeWukow&dl_branch=1&nd=1&fbclid=IwAR21TExZC_QGuALCHjppBIhLO1o689BiW5j7TIGaukx4KzXfrSbGm3H9Jc8


DORA THE EXPLORER: CONSTRUCTING ‘‘LATINIDADES’’ AND THE POLITICS OF GLOBAL

CITIZENSHIP

Do you use Dora the Explorer to inform your work in the classroom? Reading this may help. It's an academic article and thus a bit jargony, but it's worth the read and written by a CSD Parent!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FHrdPR4X0Yjazn3K83X3XLJsibMq-7f9/view?usp=sharing


Make Us Visible GA

Suggestions on where to include Latinx and other marginalized histories K-5 are as follows

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PKPNvDiCme-wYrlRboTIQR2oSBg6SHSSe4aEu-zFSks/edit

Educational Equity in Content (Math, English, Science, Etc.)

Why English Class is Silencing Students of Color

Jamila Lyiscott - TEDxTheBenjaminSchoolViral TED speaker, spoken word poet, and social justice education scholar Dr. Jamila Lyiscott makes a powerful argument that to honor and legitimize all students, we must, likewise, legitimize and honor all of their varied forms of written and spoken discourse, practicing "Liberation Literacies" in the classroom. Jamila Lyiscott is currently a visiting assistant professor of Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4dc1axRwE4

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy In Mathematics: A Critical Need

Shelly Jones – TEDxCCSUDr. Shelly M. Jones contributed to the text, The Brilliance of Black Children in Mathematics: Beyond the Numbers and Toward a New Discourse, and is an Associate Professor at Central Connecticut State University. Here, she explains how Culturally Relevant Pedagogy works in the Math classroom. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjLOuUhN6xY&t=239s


Math as Social Justice

Gina Cherkowski - TEDxRundleAcademyHave you ever considered math as a human rights issue? Have you ever considered what the label “stupid” can do to a student? In this heartfelt and hard-hitting talk, Dr. Gina Cherkowski talks about how traditional math classes only reach 20% of students thereby creating a population that can only be consumers, not creators. Dr. Cherkowski goes on to talk about how teachers can change this math drought by revisioning the math class so that everyone can learn math - 14min. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVWA3Qg-Jow&t=203s


Odyssey Online

Designed for elementary and middle school students, Odyssey Online allows self-directed exploration of works of art in the museum's collections and the cultures that produced them.

https://carlos.emory.edu/teacher-resources

Becoming an Anti-Racist Music Educator

In this article, the author proposes some ways that music educators might become anti-racist. She explores the ways that Whiteness manifests in music education and subsequently examines actions music teachers might take to resist Whiteness. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1I7sIsRqiD4SDhd4ec0HmnQKFj6jJeSfj/view?usp=sharing


Use the Tools of Science to Recognize Inequity in Science

We know that anti-racist STEM curriculum is important, but it can be hard to find. Learning For Justice has created a resource to help.

https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/use-the-tools-of-science-to-recognize-inequity-in-science?utm_source=Learning+for+Justice&utm_campaign=b47c8cffa9-Newsletter-08-17-2022_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a8cea027c3-b47c8cffa9-83000435

Equity-Based Professional Development Information

The National Abolitionist Teaching Fellowship
This Fellowship offers middle and high school teachers the opportunity to work alongside youth in challenging traditional classroom environments. Abolitionist Fellows receive tailored coaching and curriculum development support which is geared towards improving outcomes for Black and Latinx students. Fellows can receive a stipend of up to $2,000 to use towards resources for decolonizing their classroom.


Educator Grants

Each year, the Abolitionist Teaching Network awards grants to educators who strive to disrupt inequalities and injustice within their schools, communities, or both. Submission of applications usually starts in late September. Awards will be announced by early December.


Abolitionist Education: a teaching approach that centers on abolishing oppressive educational systems, while loving, protecting, remembering, and healing children of color and their communities


Early Care Educator Grants

Each year, the Abolitionist Teaching Network will award grants to early care and education providers who serve children birth through age five who strive to disrupt inequalities and injustice within their child care, preschool, licensed family child care providers, other educational settings, and/or communities. ATN recognizes that these educators are underpaid and disproportionately Black and Brown. They are less likely to have funding for professional development from their programs. Submission of applications will start in late September. Awards will be announced by early December.


Hollaback!

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!

https://www.ihollaback.org/harassmenttraining/


Black Male Educators Talk
This is an AWESOME group dedicated to the support and brotherhood of Black male teachers. A one-of-a-kind affinity space designed and curated to affirm the expertise, lived experiences, identities, race, culture, communities of Black Male Educators. A place to connect with other BMEs, share collective knowledge, and just be affirmed by the fact that you are not doing this alone.

https://bmestalk.com/


This group also facilitates a lively, thought-provoking Twitter chat every Tuesday night throughout the school year, in which, their moderators hold space for BMEs to share their perspectives on the Black male experience and their roles in education.

#BMEsTalk


Too Cool for Middle School by Megan DuVarney Forbes

Middle school history and English teacher Megan DuVarney Forbes is a firm believer in ethics and justice, and her YouTube channel reflects that. She talks about why she wants to use her platform as an ability to inspire people and serve as a role model for doing good in the world, rather than being an influencer.

The content she shares is certainly aligned with this mission. Teachers can benefit from her tips and encouragement playlists, with topics ranging from creating teacher goals to what to consider before teaching about Rosa Parks.

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

As you explore this resource page, here are some critical questions to simultaneously ponder about equity that will help you grow, process, and take action:

    • What does this have to do with me?

    • How can I explain these concepts to my students?

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

    • What can I change about my practice, curricula, relationships, policies?

    • How can I use this to center my teaching on my most marginalized students?

    • How do I take this past pontificating and theorizing?

    • How does this 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 colleagues 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