Resources: Race, Equity, and Social Justice

We’ve curated a collection of news and resources focused on race, equity, and social justice designed to support educators, parents, and students. To view a message to our community about these issues, click here.

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General Resources

Useful Links from Critical Media Project

This list from the Critical Media Project includes useful links to various social justice resources like organizations and initiatives, media outlets, bibliographies, studies, and reports.

Digital Short Video & Facilitator Guide

Conscious Media Consulting, LLC, is offering a free digital short video, titled “This Is For The Birds,” a video that addresses biases, narratives, and representations through the life of a bird. The video uses pop-culture examples to demonstrate how some media has historically been created to shape public opinions of what and who has value in society. A free viewer’s guide also provides insight into each scene and dialogue, and a facilitator’s guide is available for purchase that can help educators and parents engage in discussions of how marginalization happens.

Documentaries About Race

The Jacob Burns Film Center is offering three documentaries from Magnolia Pictures — Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am , Damon Davis and Sabaah Folayan’s Whose Streets? , and Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro — on their virtual platform for $15. Revenue from these films will go to support their ongoing series “REMIX: The Black Experience in Film, Media, and Art,” which examines the legacy of institutional racism and the black experience in film, media, and art.

Guide for Combatting Protest Disinformation

Amid mass demonstrations against police violence, PEN America created a tip sheet for minimizing the spread of misinformation and disinformation about the protests. Tips include verifying images and videos, accounts, and sources.

You Are Probably Spreading Misinformation. Here’s How to Stop.

As misinformation about the death of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests grows, the Washington Post published this article about the inadvertent spreading of misinformation and tips for analyzing content on social media before sharing it.

The Headlines That Are Covering Up Police Violence

This article from The Atlantic discusses how the choices made by media outlets and journalists when covering activism and protests can influence public support or rejection of policies that might solve social ills such as racism and police brutality.

Talking About Race Web Portal

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture launched “Talking About Race,” a new online portal designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity, and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture. The online portal provides digital tools, online exercises, video instructions, scholarly articles and more than 100 multimedia resources tailored for educators, parents, and caregivers to talk about race with children.

Educator Resources

Teaching In the Midst of Mass Protests for Black Lives

KQED gathered a list of resources to help educators address the systemic nature of racism and police violence in their classrooms. Resources include teacher learning and reflection, student learning and discussion, and social-emotional learning and well-being.

Resources on the History of Policing and Today’s Calls for Reform

This list of resources from KQED are aimed to help educators learn more about policing in the United States, its historical roots in slavery and the Industrial Revolution, and the connections between today’s protests and longstanding efforts to reform and re-imagine law enforcement.

Black Lives Matter Media Literacy Lessons

Project Look Sharp created two lessons related to media literacy and the Black Lives Matter protests. One lesson encourages students to analyze the front pages of newspapers for messages about media representation of nationwide protests following the murder of George Floyd. Another lesson asks students to analyze the choices that went into producing different videos about President Donald Trump’s photo-op at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., and how they reflect the perspectives and purpose of the sources.

Taking Action in Your Classroom

EquityEdu, an educational nonprofit, offers advice and resources about how educators can incorporate active listening, critical thinking, and media literacy lessons in their classrooms when talking about race.

A Guide to Equity and Antiracism for Educators

Edutopia, an arm of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, offers reading materials, videos, and lesson plans that teachers can use to self-educate about equity issues in the classroom and teach about antiracism to students in a socially conscious way.

Teach the History of Policing

In this resource from the Zinn Education Project, teachers can use books, articles, and films to teach middle- and high-school students about the origins and practices of policing in the United States and how we arrived at the current political moment.

Teaching with Current Events in Your Classroom

This resource from Facing History and Ourselves gives teachers a step-by-step guide to begin conversations with their students about George Floyd’s death and the events that surround it. Such conversations can be difficult for teachers to facilitate, and distance learning can present challenges to teaching sensitive material. This guide offers strategies and other resources for teachers to give their students the space to process tough topics around current events.

Teaching Ideas and Resources to Help Students Make Sense of the George Floyd Protests

The New York Times has gathered student-friendly articles, op-eds, videos, photos, graphs, and podcasts related to the George Floyd protests that teachers can use in the classroom or students can explore on their own. Each section is written directly to teenagers and topics include understanding systemic racism, the history of policing in the United States, the right to protest, and misinformation and disinformation.

What Is Pride Month, and How Can We Talk About It With Our Kids?

Pride is the celebration of the LGBTQ community and the LGBTQ rights movements. Check out some PBS LearningMedia Resources designed for students in grades 9-12 that can help educators and parents talk with their children about the history of Pride, how to be an ally, and what it means to be part of the LGBTQ community.

Classroom Resources: Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity: A Toolkit for Educators 

The Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity: A Toolkit for Educators Collection offers a series of digital media resources to help administrators, guidance counselors, and educators understand and effectively address the complex and difficult issues faced by LGBTQ students. The collection features short segments of video content from WNET’s groundbreaking LGBTQ series First Person, a digital series that delivers candid personal narratives illustrating larger conversations about gender, sexuality, social norms, and identity development. The video content is scaffolded by a suite of materials (informational text, conversation guides, discussion questions, and teaching tips) to facilitate their use in professional development settings. When used in tandem, the videos and accompanying educational resources will help promote understanding, awareness, and self-esteem.

Professional Development: Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity: A Toolkit for Educators

These video and print professional development resources are designed to help teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, and other educators better understand the complex and diverse issues faced by LGBTQ students. Included here resources is a shareable PowerPoint presentation to facilitate turn-key professional development in schools.