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8 Ways Teachers Can Address White Supremacy in the Classroom Help your students build a better world with these strategies, lessons, and tools. White supremacy, and the concept of whiteness that it relies on, grows when it goes unnamed and unchallenged. In the absence of honest conversations about race, it festers like a wound. It's more important than ever to have these tough conversations with our students. 21 Anti-Racism Videos To Share With Kids The United States has a racism problem. The idea of tackling such complicated and hurtful topics in our homes and classrooms is daunting, but we can’t look away. We MUST face it. Fortunately, we live in a time when technology provides resources, such as the anti-racism videos below, designed to support us as we navigate these difficult and painful conversations. For Parents and Educators It’s crucial that you feel confident and prepared to lead important discussions about what it means to be not only “not racist,” but resolutely anti-racist.
Five Ways to Reduce Racial Bias in Your Children Children notice difference across racial lines. Even from a very young age, babies scan a face differently if it belongs to someone of a different race, suggesting that racial bias may be hardwired. But noticing difference is not the same as having negative or positive beliefs around difference. How to Develop Culturally Responsive Teaching for Distance Learning Hammond distinguishes the differences between culturally responsive education, multicultural education and social justice education. Each is important, but without a focus on building students’ brain power, they will experience learning loss. When it comes to distance learning, applying culturally responsive teaching requires “remixing” education by borrowing from the best practices in how kids learn (Montessori, project-based learning, etc.) in a way that repositions the student as the leader of his own learning. By giving students more agency, the idea is to disrupt old routines around teaching and learning that make the student dependent on the teacher for receiving knowledge. “It’s going to stretch us a little out of our own comfort zones, but it’s worth it in the long run if we can get students to continue to do that thinking,” said Hammond. She advises three strategies to help students gain that independence:
Fostering Civil Discourse: How Do We Talk About Issues That Matter? The coronavirus pandemic is forcing educators to adapt to unprecedented shifts in how they interact with students, all while the United States continues to grapple with ongoing issues around race, policing, voting rights, and more. Students develop knowledge, skills, and informed civic responsibility when they are invited into conversations that are emotionally engaging, intellectually challenging, and relevant to their own lives. Engaging in civil discourse means bringing your mind, heart, and conscience to reflective conversations on topics that matter, in ways that allow you to extend your understanding in dialogue with others. It does not mean prioritizing politeness or comfort over getting to the heart of the matter. This PDF resource was originally published in 2016 under the title Fostering Civil Discourse: A Guide for Classroom Conversations. Read our blog post to learn more about why we decided to update this guide in 2020.
Microaggressions in the Classroom As a white, privileged, cisgender, heterosexual male, I can walk into most situations with people of my own race, or with mixed race, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status groups, and not have to be on my guard. I do not have to worry if others think I legitimately belong there because of course I do. Nobody wonders how I got my job, and my input is most often given credibility.
Research-Based Advice on Teaching Children Not to Be Racist Make your lessons age appropriate. It's important to tailor your message about diversity to your child's age (PDF), as we recently reported in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Up until about age seven, what we say takes precedence over everything else, including children's own experiences. Beginning at around age 10, however, children's experiences start to matter more than our messages do. Teaching Resources - Teaching for Change : Teaching for Change Anti-Bias Education Articles, Recommended Books Anti-bias curriculum is an approach to early childhood education that sets forth values-based principles and methodology in support of respecting and embracing differences and acting against bias and unfairness. The overarching goal is creating a climate of positive self and group identity development. Black Lives Matter at School Lessons, Articles, Recommended Books, Films, and more
Reflecting on George Floyd’s Death and Police Violence Towards Black Americans For more information on our response to these events: On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was suffocated by a police officer in Minneapolis, while three other officers looked on. George Floyd has joined a long list of black men, women, and children who have been killed in recent years by police officers. Here is a list of some of the names of black people killed by the police between Eric Garner's murder in 2014 and George Floyd's murder this year. Protests have erupted across the United States—and even across the world—in response to these deaths.