RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS: RACISM & CIVIL UNREST
Often it’s tough to find the right way to discuss racism and civil unrest with students. We want to provide a list of resources that can foster honesty, bravery, and boldness in these discussions. We believe teachers should be anti-racist activists in their work.
- Facing History and Ourselves has a long-standing legacy of creating comprehensive anti-racist resources for teachers. Here is the most recent one regarding the murder of George Floyd.
- Check out these resources from Critical Resistance on the abolition of the prison industrial complex.
- Teaching Tolerance has a ton of lessons for all ages around racism, classism, and sexism.
- CNN posted this article on how to discuss protests and racism with children
- The Smithsonian History Explorer has compiled several lessons for all ages on protests and civic action throughout the history of the United States
- Teaching for Change created “Resistance 101“, a series of lessons on how to challenge injustice
The Learning Network via the NY Times has several critical resources involving the death of George Floyd and systemic racism:
- Students learn of the murder of George Floyd and respond by taking action or artistic expression in this lesson
- Teachers and students learn about first encounters with the concept of race and racism in this lesson appropriate for younger ages
- Here’s an entire teaching unit on historical and current student activism and protest that can be used in response to this moment
- Want to cover school segregation and inequality to frame this moment? This lesson addresses that.
This is a great list of resources for educators the National Association of Charter School Authorizers compiled:
- How To be an Antiracist Educator
- 13th, a documentary analyzing the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.
- A Young People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn.
- Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup
- THE CHARACTERISTICS OF WHITE SUPREMACY CULTURE
- Avoiding Racial Equity Detours
- Creating an Anti-Racist Classroom
- The Urgent Need for Anti-Racist Education
PBS also has excellent resources around evaluating current events.
- This lesson covers the protests that were sparked after the murder of George Floyd
- This lesson follows the response from the National Guard and from President Trump and asks students to evaluate the response
Have an important resource to share? Email Jaclyn – firstname.lastname@example.org.
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