As we embark on a new school year shaped by post-pandemic realities, educators and learners also continue to grapple with anti-Black violence and racial uprisings across the country. The following resources can help teachers spark courageous conversations about race and racism in their classrooms, and prioritize equity throughout their practice.
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Tools & Resources
A classroom activity plan from Facing History that asks both students and teachers to reflect on police violence, racism, protest, and paths to justice.
A reflective questionnaire developed by the National Education Association’s EdJustice initiative, for educations to use when planning or assessing digital instruction through a racial justice lens.
A comprehensive collection of tools—professional development courses, curricula, lesson plans, videos, handouts, and more—related to bias and prejudice, social and cultural literacy, challenging conversations, civic engagement, activism, social justice, and inclusive communities.
A tool for assessing equitable schools based on various criteria, including policy, administration, staff, climate/environment, methods of assessment, professional learning, and more.
Watch, Listen, & Read
A Remake Learning Lunch & Learn hosted by Dr. Nikole Hollins-Sims, a consultant for PaTTAN and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, offering examples and supportive resources to help dismantle structural racism and address wider barriers to equitable learning within PA’s educational systems.
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man is a safe place to have the uncomfortable, but necessary, conversations about race that many people have never been able to have. Conversations are curated by former NFL player Emmanuel Acho, whose aim is “to provide a free space for curious white people to answer the questions they’ve always had but have been too nervous to ask.”
MindShift explores the future of learning, reporting on how teaching is evolving to better meet the needs of students and how caregivers can better guide their children. Episodes examine the role of technology, discoveries about the brain, racial and gender bias in education, social and emotional learning, inequities, mental health, and more.
A two-book series from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), reflecting the contributions of multiple stakeholders seeking to ensure that digital equity is achieved on campuses, in classrooms, and throughout education. Authors Nicol R. Howard, Sarah Thomas, and Regina Schaffer offer historical and philosophical insights while exploring challenges and solutions unique to teacher preparation programs, pre-service and in-service teachers, and instructional coaches.
People & Projects
An organization that trains educators to identify and interrupt racism, and to model what racial justice looks like in classrooms and communities—where all children are valued, respected, and safe.
A hub that combines research, design, and practice to create an evidence-based framework for more equitable and innovative education.
Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Resources range from lessons and learning plans, to film kits, professional development, and original publications.
A research center, professional development hub, and open space for learning and sharing with communities to positively transform educational opportunities and experiences.