Talking About Racism and Violence: Resources for Educators and Families
The following resources can help promote deeper understanding around the issues of racism and violence. They also can contribute to discussion of these topics with colleagues and students during this difficult time, even at a distance.
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Being sensitive to trauma
Discussion of the following topics may be traumatic for students. Educators are encouraged to seek guidance in trauma-informed practices in preparation for discussions related to these topics. Learn more from these resources and those below.
Articles and resources about current events
PBS NewsHour Extra / Share My Lesson
See additional lessons related to Social Issues from NewsHour Extra.
Other Recommended Lesson Plans
News Headlines, Commentary, and Artwork
Communication and Conversation
Multimedia / social media
Best-selling YA author Jason Reynolds has grappled with racism personally and in his writing. The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature also recently co-authored a book for young people on fighting racism: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. Public radio host Kojo Nnamdi, based at WAMU in Washington, DC, asked Jason Reynolds to join this edition of Kojo For Kids to help listenders understand what has led to the tensions we’ve seen over the last week, and to talk about why racism persists and what we can do to build a less racist society.
Authors Organize Kit Lit Rally for Black Lives on Facebook (School Library Journal)
Kwame Alexander, Jason Reynolds, and Jacqueline Woodson organized a Kit Lit Rally for Black Lives on The Brown Bookshelf. The Rally featured inspiring words, music, and numerous calls to action in support of equity and justice. A list of recommended anti-racist materials has also been compiled as part of the rally.
How to talk about violence
Understanding the Impact of Racism and Violence on Mental Health
Tips for Talking about Violence
Talking about Tough Topics in the News
See more parent resources on talking race and racism below.
Note: If you are connecting with your students remotely, this resource guide for virtual circles of concern offers tips for managing conversations about difficult topics in distance learning settings.
Classroom resources: teaching about racism and violence
Resources: Racism and Violence
Tulsa Race Massacre: 1921
Articles and Blogs
Resources: More about Race and Racism
Teaching about Juneteenth
Talking About Race: National Museum of African American History and Culture
The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture has just launched Talking About Race, a new online portal designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture. The online portal provides digital tools, online exercises, video instructions, scholarly articles and more than 100 multi-media resources tailored for educators, parents and caregivers—and individuals committed to racial equality. The museum moved up the launch date due to the number of racially charged incidents in recent weeks.
Articles and Multimedia
Reflecting on Perspective
Teaching Tolerance Resources
Jane Elliott's "Blue Eye/Brown Eye" Exercise
Culturally Responsive Practice
This collection of culturally responsive resources include a wide range of topics related to honoring students' identities and experiences, addressing bias in schools and classrooms, and digging into the hard work of personal reflection and action.
Teaching about social justice
National Education Association
More Recommended Resources
Resources for families: talking about racism
Guides and Tips
Talking about Current Events
Recommended reading for students
Talking about Race
Books for Young People
Guidance on Choosing and Using Books
Racial Injustice and Violence
These books can serve as powerful mirrors and windows alike. While the majority of these books are written for a young adult audience, the first book is written for children. These books can also provide valuable perspectives for adults.
Finding Diverse Books: Mirrors and Windows
Books and resources for adults
Race and Education
See more titles in this Race and Education booklist from Social Justice Books.
Race and Racism