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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

How Difficult ‘Day After’ Discussions with Students Can Help Them Process the Present and Prepare for the Future

Staring at the faces of the middle school teachers on her computer screen, Principal Laina Cox felt the tears welling up — again. They were discussing an email she’d sent the night before. The subject line read: “Living history.”

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African-American Heroes [web resource]

Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., never backed down in his stand against racism. National Geographic Kids takes us on a multimedia journey through history to learn more about Dr. King and other African-American heroes. Read more ›

10 Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids About Race [downloadable]

These tips, developed by EmbraceRace in partnership with MomsRising, are designed to help parents of all backgrounds talk to and guide their children about race early and often by lifting up age-appropriate activities that can be incorporated easily into your daily life. Read more ›

PBS NewsHour Extra: News for Students and Teacher Resources 6–12 Grade Level [web resource]

PBS NewsHour is a TV news program that runs on PBS every weekday. PBS NewsHour Extra is NewsHour’s website for students and teachers. Read more ›

Facing History and Ourselves [web resource]

Facing History use lessons from history to teach about racism, antisemitism, and prejudice to help students connect choices made in the past to those they will confront in their own lives.  Read more ›

Guidelines for Discussing Difficult or High-Stakes Topics [web resource] [downloable]

The Center for Research on Learning & Teaching (CRLT) at the University of Michigan offers the following guidelines to help instructors facilitate classroom discussion around controversial issues. Read more ›

5 Ways to Discuss the Capitol Riot with Your Students

In regard to the Capitol riot, focusing on facts from reliable sources and experiencing historic moments can be teachable moments. To address the subject, consider these tips from Dr. Sigal Ben-Porath an expert in civic education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Read more ›

The Emotional Toll of Racism [downloadable]

Black students continuously experience, fight against and bear emotional scars from racism, which can lead to increased anxiety and poor mental health outcomes. Some colleges are just starting to address these issues. Read more ›

Diversifying Your Classroom Book Collections? Avoid these 7 Pitfalls

As protests against racial injustice spread to communities large and small in this year, many educators have been pushed to examine how systemic racism harms students. Some have publicly proclaimed the steps they will take to create anti-racist schools, including diversifying classroom and library bookshelves. Read more ›

Microaggressions Are A Big Deal: How To Talk Them Out And When To Walk Away

Kevin Nadal, a professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, has spent years researching and writing books on the effects of microaggressions. As these big structural issues play out, he says it’s important to confront the small stuff. Read more ›

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