RaceBridgesStudio contains hundreds of ideas, texts, lesson plans and videos about race relations and diversity. These free resources are tools to help leaders. teachers, parents and anyone of good will to explore the challenge of creating bridges of cooperation and community in a very diverse and often polarized world.
Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use Teaching Tolerance 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. One example of their many and varied free resources is Teaching Hard History:American Slavery a comprehensive guide to teaching this critical topic and to helping students understand how slavery influences us in the present day.
The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. Based on the lens of history highlighted in Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States, the website offers free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level.
Facing History and Ourselves is a nonprofit international educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.
Lynching in America includes a downloadable lesson plan and support materials for teaching high school students about this part of our nation's history. The information is provided by The Equal Justice Initiative , a private, nonprofit organization that challenges poverty and racial injustice, advocates for equal treatment in the criminal justice system, and creates hope for marginalized communities.
The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are. Curricular Recources for the 1619 project
Black History 365 / BH365 is an interactive history textbook that may be used independently or as supplemental text and includes instructor resources such as:
Black History 365 is a U. S. History textbook documenting the unique stories of Black persons, groups, and cultures in North America, beginning in Ancient Africa continuing to modern events and movements. This interactive history/social science textbook can be used independently or as supplemental text and includes interactive instructor resources that will engage all learners. The gateway to connecting history to daily life, this transcendent approach to American history allows students of all ethnicities to engage in meaningful conversations with teachers, peers, and their families...through the lens of Black History.
At EmbraceRace, we identify, organize – and, as needed, create – the tools, resources, discussion spaces, and networks we need to meet 4 goals:
Visit the Embrace Race Resources page to find a variety of reacoures include children's book lists, articles, webinars and much, much more.
The Guide for White Women who Teach Black Boys edited by Eddie Moore, Ali Michael, and Marguerite W. Penick-Parks. Schools that routinely fail Black boys are not extraordinary. In fact, they are all-too ordinary. If we are to succeed in positively shifting outcomes for Black boys and young men, we must first change the way school is "done." That’s where the eight in ten teachers who are White women fit in . . . and this urgently needed resource is written specifically for them as a way to help them understand, respect and connect with all of their students. The book brings together research, activities, personal stories, and video interviews to help readers embrace the deep realities and thrilling potential of this crucial American task.
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood. First presented in 1970, here's a complete list of recipients!
Bigotry and Intolerance: The Ultimate Teen Guide by Kathlyn Gay looks at the various reasons why people of all age levels and backgrounds feel the need to disparage others. This book also offers help to teens who are the object of fear and hatred by showing them how to combat such behavior. Aimed at young adults who are interested in fighting bigotry and intolerance, this book will help teens who suffer from the small-mindedness of others. It might also help those who are less tolerant find some common ground with those who are different from them--and lead to a better understanding of how diversity makes for a richer, more interesting world. PSPL, Young adult - Y 305.8 GAY
Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson. In this young adult adaptation of the acclaimed bestseller Just Mercy, Stevenson delves deep into the broken U.S. justice system, detailing from his personal experience his many challenges and efforts as a lawyer and social advocate, especially on behalf of America's most rejected and marginalized people. PSPL, ebook, Non-fiction
In The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. PSPL Young Adult Fiction - YF THOM, also DVD of film version.
Jason Reynolds, award-winning author for young adults, and historian Ibram X. Kendi have created Stamped a remix of Kendi's National Book Award winner, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. Gripping, fast-paced, and energizing, Stamped shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas -- and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts, leading to a better future.
New Kid by Jerry Craft is the first graphic novel to be awarded the 2020 Newbery Medal presented to the "most distinguished American children's book published the previous year" and the 2020 Coretta Scott King Author Award, given to exceptional African American authors of children and YA literature that “demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values” by the American Library Association. New Kid also New Kid tells the story of Jordan Banks a 7thgrader who loves drawing cartoons about his life. He would love to go to art school, but his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where he turns out to be one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. PSPL, Juv fiction - JF CRAF
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson is a love letter to black America. It honors the strength and bravery of everyday people caught up in the web of history. Kadir Nelson was awarded the 2020 Caldecott Medal presented to the artist that illustrated the “most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the United States during the preceding year.” and the 2020 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, given to exceptional African American illustrators of children and YA literature that “demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values” by the American Library Association. PSPL, Juv nonfiction - J 811.6 ALEX
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