SSW: Racism & Social Justice

Resources Addressing Racism and Social Justice

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.

16 Resources on Talking to Students About Police Killings and Racism.  Source:  Viadero, D. 4/16/2021.  Education Week

Discussing the Derek Chauvin Trial in Class:  How Teachers Are Doing it and Why    Source: Pendharkar, S.   4/20/2021. Education Week

Four Ways George Floyd’s Murder Has Changed How We Talk About RaceSource:  Sawchuk, S. 4/21/2021.  Education Week

NASP Guidance for Ensuring Student Well-Being in the Context of the Chauvin Trial     Source:  4/20/2021.  NASP

Position Statement

SSWAA:  Solidarity Statement Black Lives Matter   Source: 6/1/2020. School Social Work Association of America.   NYSSSWA Signed on.

Articles & Resources:

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

Classroom Resources- Teaching Tolerance.  Numerous resources available for use in schools and classrooms.  Source:  Teaching Tolerance 

Creating a Culture of Equity:  What do Professional Ethics say about Racial Justice and Advocacy? by Dr. Leticia Villarreal Sosa 3/2/2021

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

No, Elementary Students Are Not Too Young to Talk About Race  Source: Kayser, Brian & Kayser, Abigail. 11/25/2020. ASCD Express

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

SEL & Restorative Practices   Active site using current events for teachable moments.  Source:  Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility

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

Teaching About Race, Racism, & Police Violence.   Provides articles, featured stories and numerous resources for classrooms.    Source:  Teaching Tolerance 

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

When Educators Understand Race and Racism  Source:  Anderson, M. 11/24/2014  Teaching Tolerance


#8 Can’t Wait

American Civil Liberties Union 

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter at Schools    Provides several resources and classroom activities to assist in talking about race.  Source:  National Education Association

Facing History and Ourselves:  Educator Resources 

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.”

Rethinking Schools

Southern Poverty Law Center 

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.”

Black History Month

(Just a few resources.)

26 Little-Known Black History Facts You May Not Have Learned In SchoolSource: Jean-Philippe, McKenzie.  1/25/2021 The Oprah Magazine

African American Heroes.   Source:  National Geographic Kids.

African American History Month.   “The National Archives holds a wealth of material documenting the African American experience and highlights these resources online, in programs, and through traditional and social media.”   Source:  National Archives.

Black History Month Activities for February & Beyond  Source:  1/29/2020 We Are Teachers

Black History Month Resource Guide for Educators and Families.   Excellent website that contains numerous articles and resources from various sources.  Check it out.     Source:  Center for Racial Justice in Education

Black History Month:  Teaching the Complete History.    Source:  Dillard, C.  1/29/2020 Learning for Justice.

Knowing the Past Opens the Door to the Future The Continuing Importance of Black History Month  Source:  Bunch, Lonnie.   National Museum of African American History & Culture.  

The Reason Black History Month Is in February    Source:  1/7/2021.  Jean-Philippe, McKenzie. The Oprah Magazine

(Collage made from public domain photos by Dot Kontak.)