Educators need to be intentional about addressing racism in their work and life. These anti-racism resources are crafted specifically for teachers.Sep 01, 2020
Teachers want to support and care for each of their students in the best way they can, but research published in Educational Researcher this past April shows that no matter teachers’ best intentions they still carry the implicit bias reflected in the general U.S. population. This means that teachers need to be intentional about addressing their biases in order to best support each individual student. You can read the full study here or EdWeek’s synopsis at this link.
The recent renewed energy to address racism and inequity in the U.S. means that resources for anti-racist teaching are more available than ever. Here are some to support your anti-racism work.
- Filled with articles, videos, and questions for personal reflection, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture’s Talking about Race platform specifically breaks down topics like “whiteness,” “social identities and systems of oppression,” and “community building” for educators.
- Author, speaker, educator, and friend-of-the-Center Cornelius Minor has helped collaborate on this series of resources from First Book Marketplace and Pizza Hut called Empowering Educators. A guidebook is out now with a digital series and more coming soon!
- Deepening Your Understanding of Race and Racism is a panel discussion from PBS LearningMedia featuring Black educators sharing their experiences and advice on how teachers “can use media to confront injustice, and create anti-racist classroom environments.”
- The National Education Association offers a resource guide called Racial Justice in Education that features sections like “Creating the Space to Talk about Race in Your School.”
- Educators for Social Justice has a variety of resources on “teaching to disrupt white supremacy” and lists them according to age group.
- You’re likely familiar with Glenn Singleton’s book Courageous Conversations about Race but that is just one part of Courageous Conversation’s offerings. Along with courses and events, Singleton’s organization is also providing a weekly email to lead “a global conversation in which we can share our multiple perspectives on race, racial consciousness, and systemic transformation in this unprecedented moment.”
- Here is one white teacher’s blog post, “27 Mistakes White Teachers of Black Students Make and How to Fix Them,” about the damage he has learned white teachers can do to students of color.
The work of anti-racism needs to extend from the personal into a systemic approach. We are excited to be partnering with the National Equity Project to bring Leading for Equity to Arizona education leaders. We hope you’ll consider sending a team from your school, district, or organization to build better and more equitable systems that support all of Arizona’s children.