June 9, 2020

Resources for Teaching Black Lives Matter

International protests in response to the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Tony McDade show the vast reach and profound importance of the Black Lives Matter movement. These resources can help you talk with students about the historical context and mission behind Black Lives Matter and work toward making your school a more affirming, safer space for Black students.

Black Minds Matter // Coshandra Dillard

Seeing ALL Identities of LGBTQ Youth of Color // Giovanni Blair McKenzie

Who Decides What’s “Civil”? // Coshandra Dillard
Teaching About Race, Racism and Police Violence
George Floyd should still be alive. Breonna Taylor should still be alive. So many should still be alive. Our nation’s historic and ongoing injustices can’t be ignored. These resources can help spur much-needed discussion around implicit bias and systemic racism and help you talk with students while prioritizing their well-being and agency.

Black Students, Educators at Confederate-Named Schools

Amid racial injustice and police violence protests, Confederate monuments are being removed across the country. But many Black students confronting racist violence today will return to class in the fall to find Confederate names on their school walls, jerseys and diplomas. Read more about why renaming these schools matters.

Supporting Students Through Coronavirus

We’re grateful to educators continuing to support students and families through the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve developed resources to support student well-being and learning during closures, including articles about culturally responsive teaching, addressing coronavirus racism and more. We’ll keep this page updated as we publish new pieces. 

Congrats to the Winners of the #USvsHate Challenge!

We are pleased to share our selected winners of the Teaching Tolerance #USvsHate challenge. We received more than 60 entries from educators across the country whose students promoted inclusion in artwork regarding issues like immigration, ableism, transphobia and female empowerment. Check out the winning entries here!

Check Out What We’re Reading

“‘I’ve always felt unsafe and uncomfortable around police, especially within my schools. ... People are maybe starting to realize that it doesn’t stop at schools. It doesn’t stop when you walk in those doors. It continues.’” — TIME

“Pride Month this year is different. It is now up to white people, specifically white queer people who watch Black folks sitting at the intersections die at the hands of layered oppression, to stand up.” — them.

“Just imagine the damage done to our Black students’ psyches when, at school, they are made invisible in academic content and yet blaringly visible through oversurveillance and policing.” — ASCD Inservice

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