Racial Equity

Stop Bullying

When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behaviors they send the message that it is not acceptable. We can help youth prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe afterschool environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy. Research shows that Black and Hispanic youth who are bullied are more likely to suffer academically than their white peers. 

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Teaching Tolerance 

This is a 24 page downloadable guide on talking with students about social equality and discrimination. The booklet contains strategies to help prepare you to lead conversations around these difficult topics. The guide also includes classroom activities and resources for professional development. 

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How to Raise Kids to be Anti-Racist and Talk to Them About Racism

It is critical to have hard conversations with youth about racism. Ibram X. Kendi discusses how critical conversations can help youth develop as anti-racist. 

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The Danger of a Single Story 

Our lives, our cultures, are comprised of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice-- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. 

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Colorin Colorado

Colorin Colorado is a Spanish/English bilingual website with resources for supporting English language learners.The site contains a glossary of ELL terms, information on policy and research, information outlining what schools need to know and do to serve immingrants and families of immigrants. Additionally, there are articles on a variety of topics and tips for ELL classrooms and programs. Resources within the site include guides and toolkits, reading tips, blogs, crisis response, videos, and suggested books.

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The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom Resource Guide for Educators

This downloadable guide, "Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom: A Resource for Teachers," discusses child trauma, historical trauma, racial trauma, and the effects of racial trauma.

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NPR Code Switch 

What's CODE SWITCH? It's the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, the podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. This is a series of podcasts, each focusing on a different aspect within the conversations on race. Previous podcasts are available as well as other series,podcasts, and news within the site.

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United Nations 

Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

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National Education Association 

Educators carry with them attitudes and beliefs that may affect their understanding of a situation, their interactions with others, and their decision-making. Learn five things educators can do to address bias in their school. 

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Psychology Today 

This article discusses the protests and riots that occurred after the death of George Floyd. Using Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speeches and lessons, the article seeks to help readers understand the nature of protest and riot and their place in society.

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Museum of Tolerance 

The Museum of Tolerance (MOT) has compilated resources for anti-bias education, inclusion, equity, and understanding discrimination. In addition to the highlighted resources relating to discrimination, the MOT provides free virtualprofessional development, live virtual tours, speakers, video story-telling, digital artifacts, lesson plans, and sessions led by MOT facilitators.

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What Every Afterschool Professional Can Do to Promote Equity 

It's vital that afterschool professionals are not either intentionally or accidentally perpetuating stereotypes and inequities that hold young people back from being successful. Learn more about significant, yet simple changes OST professionals can take to support youth while embracing their diverse assets.

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PBS Learning Media: George Floyd Lesson Plan 

This lesson plan was created by PBS Learning Media. The curriculum has sensitive material and may not be appropriate for younger youth. Included in the less is a news summary, a video, and a discussion section. It raises questions about the conduct of the specific police officers involved in the death of George Floyd, as well as the department’s broader relationship with citizens of color.

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Facing History and Ourselves: Reflecting on George Floyd's Death and Police Violence towards Black Americans 

This Teaching Idea is a guide for teachers to begin conversations with their students about George Floyd’s death and the events that surround it. In addition to this guide, Facing History and Ourselves has a wide range of multimedia materials, such as videos, teaching strategies, lesson, units, etc. The topics covered include, but are not limited to, democracy and civil engagement, justice and human rights, race in US history, bullying, religious intolerance, genocide, and more. The site also features webinars, online courses, and classroom videos. While much of the content is free, there are some resources that require payment, such as the online courses.

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Stockton University: Contesting the American Dream through the Humanities Resources for Teachers and Students 

Stockton University's Institute for Teachers has provided resources including artwork, books, activities, lesson plans, and more on privilege and racial equity.

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Chalkbeat: Educators Tackle Tough conversations about Race and Violence Virtually 

The outrage stemming from the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and other recent police killings of black citizens has led to demonstrations, violent clashes with police, and curfews in numerous cities. Navigating discussions about race relations, police brutality, and systemic racism can be challenging. In this article, teachers share their experiences and lessons.

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University of Maryland | Discussing Sensitive Topics 

The Teaching and Learning Trasnformation Cneter has provided a guide for dealing with sensitive topics after a major event. While the guide was designed for college student, the principles discussed will be a good fit for an afterschool program as well.

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Jordan Catapano | Sensitive Topics 

Written by an English high school teacher, these five guidelines lay out suggestions for discussing sensitive topics with youth.

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Learn, Teach, Lead: How to be an Anti-Racist Educator 

In this article Dena Simmons recommends five actions for teaching for an anti-racist future. The article is free, and there is an option to purchase the entire issue of the Education Update Newsletter. 

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Education Week Article: The Urgent Need for Anti-Racist Education 

Education Week Teacher is a publication service through Education Week. In this article, the focus is on teaching ant-racist education. To access full articles, registration is required. While it is a free registration, paid subscriptions for further content and print copies are available. Education Week also offers webinars, online summits, blogs, special reports, and more.

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Embracerace 

Embracerace.org has compiled a list of 20 books to help engage the broad range of emotions and needs of diverse children in our multiracial society. In addition to the book list, Embracerace provides articles, webinars, action guides, book lists, and stories on a variety of diversity- and equity- driven topics.

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Don't Say Nothing 

Teaching Tolerance has a magazine feature in which articles are available online. This link is for an article, "Don't Say Nothing," that discusses how to talk with youth about race, racism, and inequality. In addition to this magazine excerpt, Teaching Tolerance offers resources such as lessons, lesson plans, teaching strategies, film kits, and printable posters.

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National Museum of African American History & Culture | Talking About Race 

The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture has provided tools and guidance for talking about race in America. Resources provided include primarily videos and articles. Topics covered include being antiracist, bias, community building, history of race, racial identity, self-care, whiteness, and more. Additionally, the Smithsonian offers digital copies of artifacts within all of its museums, libraries, and zoos to be downloaded and shared as you see fit. There are also curator chats, stories, publications and blogs available.

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The Choices Program 

Brown University's Choices Program has a number of resources available. The highlighted article regarding Black Lives Matter, George Floyd, and racial justice is accompanied by optional homework, video, and other lesson plan ideas. In addition, the website has a curriculum catalog with numerous topics, such as current issues, world history, US history, and geography. Each topic has a number of resources, such as readings, videos, podcasts, and lesson plans. It is important to note that not all resources are free. However, the site has a video library of over 1,700 videos that are free to use. Additionally, you can find lessons revolving around the current events and utilizing the news to teach.

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The Conversation 

"The racist roots of American policing: From slave patrols to traffic stops" discusses the history of policing as it pertains to race. The article describes how the intersection of race with policing has affected society and individuals at large.

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Using Their Words

Using their Words showcases social justice education projects in elementary school classrooms. The units showcased are designed and implemented by elementary teachers and student teachers. The website also has a book list focused on social justices. 

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Moonwalk: Exploring Racial Barriers at NASA 

Decades after the enrollment of NASA’s first black astronauts, people of color are still a minority in aerospace. Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr., the first African American to perform a spacewalk, discusses challenging stereotypes with a young woman who dreams of planning a mission to Mars. This video is part of the series Moonwalk. The project brings people together for engaging conversations about the Apollo missions and their journeys in space exploration.

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Responding to Hate and Bias at School 

This is a 44 page, downloadable guide on responding to hate and bias. The guide is divided into three sections: Before a Crisis Occurs, When There's a Crisis, and After the Worst is Over. The guide helps providers recognize problems revolving around hate and bias, key points on how to handle a crisis, and addressing moving forward and developing better systems in the future.

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 Supporting the Development of Anti-Bias Practices 

This is an eight page pdf covering anti-bias practices, including a framework to draw from and the experiences of various classrooms. 

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