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. Why Stop at Windows and Mirrors?: Children’s Book Prisms It has been twenty-nine years since Rudine Sims Bishop’s seminal essay “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors” was published. It has been twenty-nine years since Rudine Sims Bishop’s seminal essay “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors” was published. Speaking to the lack of children’s books with African American characters and themes, the essay called for books to act as windows and mirrors that would allow all children to see themselves and the experiences of others in what they read. At the time, I was mostly home with my toddler son, collecting children’s books and feeling inspired to write.
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:
There is no diverse book — ImagineLit If you have ever attended any session where I have presented and the topic of diversity has come up, you know I am quick to tell attendees that I do not give out diverse book lists. Here is my reason why: there are no diverse texts. It is in the transaction (Rosenblatt, 1986) between the reader and the text that a text’s diversity is realized. The way we have framed the word diversity creates a binary—diverse or non-diverse. Using the word diverse to describe texts also creates a default position, because one must ask diverse for whom or diverse from what?
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.
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America In The Color of Law (published by Liveright in May 2017), Richard Rothstein argues with exacting precision and fascinating insight how segregation in America—the incessant kind that continues to dog our major cities and has contributed to so much recent social strife—is the byproduct of explicit government policies at the local, state, and federal levels. The Color of Law was designated one of ten finalists on the National Book Awards’ long list for the best nonfiction book of 2017. Highlighted media 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
Recommending Diverse Voices Library workers know there’s no shortage of diversity among the books and materials on the market—but presenters at “Suggesting Own Voices to All Readers: EDI and RA Service,” a June 25 session at ALA Virtual, addressed the barriers that separate diverse books from potential readers. “Windows, mirrors, and doors are still important and will always be important, but it’s time to take the next step and recognize that books written by diverse authors, featuring diverse characters, are for anyone, for everyone, all the time,” said Robin Bradford, collection development librarian at Pierce County (Wash.) Library System, noting the growing availability of diverse materials through digital platforms. Bradford offered strategies and resources for librarians approaching collection development through an equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) lens, urging librarians to read widely across genres and consult review journals.
Black Writing Resources in the UK In support of the Black Lives Matter movement, we have compiled the following lists of publishers, organisations and resources for black writing in the UK, including submission windows currently open to Black writers. “It is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.” – Angela Davis Publishers Knights Of Knights Of is an inclusive publisher of children’s fiction. They are currently fundraising to keep inclusive indies afloat through the coronavirus crisis – donate before the 10th June.