In light of ongoing protests and calls for justice, we have compiled just a few resources. Let us know of others we should share with school social workers.
SSWAA: Solidarity Statement Black Lives Matter Source: 6/1/2020. School Social Work Association of America. NYSSSWA Signed on.
5 Tips to Help Districts Bridge the Equity Divide Written by the superintendent of Broward County Public Schools-Florida. Source: Runcie, R. 11/19/2020 ESchool News
6 Ways District Leaders Can Build Racial Equity Source: Samuels, C., 6/18/2020, Education Week.
8 Ethical Considerations for Responding to Social Injustice Source: 10/14/2020 NASW Updates.
A Guide to Equity and Antiracism for Educators “Teachers shaken by recent events and wondering how to work for change in our society and schools can start with these lesson plans, videos, and other resources.” Source: Nichols, H. 6/5/2020, Edutopia
Anti-racism resources. List of books, videos, podcasts, films, TV series and resources. Source: Flicker, S., & Klein, A., 5/2020
Children’s Books Celebrating Native American & Indigenous Peoples Source: A Mighty Girl
Children’s Books on Racial Discrimination Source: A Mighty Girl
Day After Election Guide. “This Day After Election Guide provides resources and a plan for the day after the Presidential election and throughout the remaining school year to develop lesson plans, communications with parents, etc to “clearly establish and reinforce expectations about how to show respect for one another and how to explore controversial or difficult subjects.” Source: Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
Equity and SEL CASEL provides a framework on how implementing SEL also addresses Equity. Source: CASEL
Guidelines for Discussing Incidents of Hate, Bias, and Discrimination. Source: University of Michigan, Center of Research on Learning and Teaching
Lessons for Early Childhood & Elementary Students. Includes suggested teaching ideas, teaching guides, films, stories, books, for Early Childhood and Elementary School students Source: Teaching for Change
Lessons for Middle & High School Students Includes suggested teaching ideas, teaching guides, films, stories, books, for Middle and High School students Source: Teaching for Change
Let’s Talk: Facilitating Critical Conversations with Students 40 pages Source: 2019. Teaching Tolerance
“No, I Am Not OK.” Thanks for Asking Source: Lester, N., 6/16/2020 Teaching Tolerance
Racial Justice in Education. (80 pages) Source: National Education Association-Human & Civil Rights
Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News. Spanish. Source: Child Mind Institute
Reflecting on George Floyd’s Death and Police Violence Towards Black Americans Source: Facing History and Ourselves
The Forgotten Frontline Workers “School Social Workers Respond to Needs of Undocumented Immigrants” by Martha Rodriguez, LCSW 7/23/2020. School Social Work Association of America
Sesame Street: Best moments from CNN and Sesame Street’s town hall on racism for kids and parents. Source: Asmelash, L. 6/6/2020. CNN/Sesame Street
South Bronx middle school gives out books by authors of color. TIME SENSITIVE: “South Bronx Early College Academy at 801 E. 156th St., recently launched an initiative to distribute books by authors of color to their students and hold virtual book clubs for the next month and a half. ” Source: Cohen, J. 7/27/2020. Bronx Times.
Talking With Students About Ferguson and Racism Source: Melville, K. 12/2/2014 Teaching Tolerance
Talks to Help You Understand Racism in America Source: TED talks
Teaching 6-Year-Olds About Privilege and Power Source: Schwartz, K., 9/17/2019, Mind/Shift
These Books Can Help You Explain Racism and Protest to Your Kids Source: Grose, J., 6/2/2020. The New York Times
“What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” Source: Frederick Douglass, 7/5/1852 Teaching American History
Black Lives Matter at Schools Provides several resources and classroom activities to assist in talking about race. Source: National Education Association
Justice League NYC “A multi-disciplinary task force of juvenile and criminal justice experts, artists, educators, direct service providers, activists, and formerly incarcerated individuals, brought together under the auspices of The Gathering for Justice, a social justice organization founded by Harry Belafonte. Operating as a coalition, members conjoin their areas of expertise and resources in an intentional effort to reform the criminal and social justice system in New York City, California, and across the world.”
Latino Justice “For more than 40 years Latino Justice has acted as an advocate against injustices throughout New York and beyond.”
National Immigration Law Center “Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of immigrants with low income.”
Teaching Tolerance “Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. These resources include classroom lessons, webinars, grants, podcasts, policy guides and much more. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.”