Why does race matter so profoundly for health? David R. Williams developed a scale to measure the impact of discrimination on well-being, going beyond traditional measures like income and education to reveal how factors like implicit bias, residential segregation and negative stereotypes create and sustain inequality. In this eye-opening talk, Williams presents evidence for how racism is producing a rigged system -- and offers hopeful examples of programs across the US that are working to dismantle discrimination.
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
Around the world, black girls are being pushed out of schools because of policies that target them for punishment, says author and social justice scholar Monique W. Morris. The result: countless girls are forced into unsafe futures with restricted opportunities. How can we put an end to this crisis? In an impassioned talk, Morris uncovers the causes of "pushout" and shows how we can work to turn all schools into spaces where black girls can heal and thrive.
"The pedagogical excellence I have studied is just good teaching, but it is much more than that. This article is an attempt to describe a pedagogy I have come to identify as "culturally relevant" (Ladson-Billings, 1992a) and to argue for its centrality in the academic success of African American and other children who have not been well served by our nation's public schools."
- Gloria Ladson-Billings
In this article, Ladson-Billings reflects on the history of her theory of culturally relevant pedagogy and the ways it has been used and misused since its inception. She argues for the importance of dynamic scholarship and suggests that it is time for a "remix" of her original theory: culturally sustaining pedagogy as proposed by Paris (2012).
In this Teaching Tolerance article, Zaretta Hammond writes: "Culturally responsive teaching is really about building relationships and validating students. Ensuring the academic success of students takes care and a little tough love."
In this article, Django Paris and H. Samy Alim use the emergence of Paris’s concept of culturally sustaining pedagogy (CSP) as the foundation for a respectful and productive critique of previous formulations of asset pedagogies. Paying particular attention to asset pedagogy’s failures to remain dynamic and critical in a constantly evolving global world, they offer a vision that builds on the crucial work of the past toward a CSP that keeps pace with the changing lives and practices of youth of color.
Students experiencing racism cannot afford to wait for schools to move at their own pace and comfort level. In this article Paul Gorski describes four racial equity detours commonly embraced in schools, followed by equity principles that can help educators avoid these detours and build a more transformational racial equity approach. In addition, Gorski has recently created a Racial Equity Detours Handout that expands the list of racial equity detours and "provides space for people to reflect on how they've seen each detour operating in their spheres of influence."
How can we build strong relationships with students who have diverse learning skills, styles, and backgrounds? Seven strategies, which Christopher Emdin calls the seven Cs, can help. Whatever the environment, school leaders play an important role in developing the kinds of relationships that foster academic rigor. Reality Pedagogy recognizes that academically rigorous teaching and learning are deeply personal, and teaching is unlikely to meet student needs unless students' cultures, backgrounds, and experiences are reflected in the curriculum.
The spiritual deaths of Black children continue to go unnoticed, even in a time when folks are screaming in the streets that Black Lives Matter, calling to end police brutality, and demanding racial justice. Dr. Bettina L. Love writes, "It is thus fundamental to call attention to the fact that our education system, built on White supremacy and enforced by physical violence, is invested in murdering the souls of Black children, even if they are not physically taken."
Literacy teachers can use counter-stories or counternarratives as powerful resources to fight against hate and bias and helping all students be seen and heard, appreciated and understood. This is especially critical for students from communities whose stories are too often oversimplified, misrepresented, or rendered invisible in the dominant culture and mainstream media. Thus, centering and amplifying minoritized perspectives can help to foster community and the type of solidarity that counteracts and perhaps even prevents incidents of hate and bias in our schools.
Zaretta Hammond is a teacher educator, researcher, and consultant committed to supporting leaders, coaches, and teachers in integrating neuroscience with instruction, equity, and literacy. In her ongoing work with teachers, she has successfully supported educators throughout the country and beyond to develop culturally responsive habits of mind and instructional practices that support underprepared diverse students to lead their own learning.
The mission of Learning for Justice is to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy. Learning for Justice provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our 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. In 2021, we changed our name to better reflect our mission. Our new name speaks to the collaborative work of learning and growing together to reach our goal of justice for all.
Rethinking Schools is firmly committed to equity and to the vision that public education is central to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy. Throughout its history, Rethinking Schools has tried to balance classroom practice and educational theory. It is an activist publication, with articles written by and for teachers, parents, and students.
Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write, and change the world. By drawing direct connections to real world issues, Teaching for Change encourages teachers and students to question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens.
At Facing History and Ourselves, we believe the bigotry and hate that we witness today are the legacy of brutal injustices of the past. Facing our collective history and how it informs our attitudes and behaviors allows us to choose a world of equity and justice. Facing History's resources address racism, antisemitism, and prejudice at pivotal moments in history; we help students connect choices made in the past to those they will confront in their own lives. Through our partnership with educators around the world, Facing History and Ourselves reaches millions of students in thousands of classrooms every year.
Black Lives Matter At School is a national coalition organizing for racial justice in education. We encourage all educators, students, parents, unions, and community organizations to join our annual week of action during the first week of February each year.
NAME is a non-profit organization that advances and advocates for equity and social justice through multicultural education. The Founders of NAME envisioned an organization that would bring together individuals and groups with an interest in multicultural education from all levels of education, different academic disciplines and from diverse educational institutions and occupations.
The effects of race and racism are unavoidable aspects of our modern world. Since the opening of the museum, the number one question people ask us is how to talk about race. The NMAAHC education department’s mission has made deliberate strides toward being a “brave space” to discuss race, equity, and inclusion. Educators play a valuable role that impacts how our young people operate in the world by giving them a nuanced perspective on race. By teaching about the historical foundations of race and its role within political and social structures, we can help students better understand how race affects their own lives.
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.
The Center for Urban Education’s vision is to be a space of learning and sharing with communities to positively transform educational opportunities and experiences. CUE structures its research, service, and knowledge dissemination into three areas: Community Partnership & Engagement, Educator Development & Practice and Student Academic & Social Development
Webinars, Guides, Podcasts & Docuseries
Educators play a crucial role in helping students talk openly about the historical roots and contemporary manifestations of social inequality and discrimination. Learning how to communicate about such topics as white privilege, police violence, economic inequality and mass incarceration requires practice, and facilitating critical conversations with students demands courage and skill. Teaching Tolerance proudly presents a four-part webinar series Let's Talk! This series covers a range of critical topics that can be difficult to discuss with students and colleagues: Let's Talk! Discussing Black Lives Matter, Let's Talk! Discussing Whiteness, Let's Talk! Teaching Black Lives Matter. A guide accompanies the series offering classroom-ready strategies you can use to plan discussions and to facilitate these conversations with your students.
The classroom should be a place where students learn to exchange ideas, listen respectfully, try out ideas and positions, and give—and get—constructive feedback without fear or intimidation. Through engaging in difficult conversations, students gain critical thinking skills, empathy and tolerance, and a sense of civic responsibility. This guide from Facing History Facing Ourselves provides ideas and tools designed to help prepare your classroom and your students to practice civil discourse, an essential skill for effective civic participation.
It’s now not enough to talk about dismantling racism, rather we must take actions to be anti-racist. This Heinemann podcast features authors Sara K. Ahmed, author of Being the Change, Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul, who most recently co-wrote Breathing New Life into Book Clubs and the educator’s guide to Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, and Cornelius Minor, author of We Got This.
Abolitionist Teaching Network presents a podcast committed to sharing ideas that strengthen the everyday lives of Black and Brown students within our schools and communities. Each episode is aimed at empowering our knowledge for collective liberation.
Zaretta Hammond, author of Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students, shares some common misconceptions teachers have about culturally responsive teaching with Cult of Pedagogy podcast host, Jennifer Gonzalez.
Many students of color go to schools where curriculum does not fully embrace their cultures, their histories, or their lived experiences. This documentary series by award-winning filmmaker Manauvaskar Kublall examines what it would take to establish a positive school culture that respects and honors youth of all races, cultures and abilities and values families and communities as assets and experts to help build the capacity of school staff to engage cultures effectively. Across nine episodes, meet parents, teachers, principals and students who share their experiences of racism and bias in public school systems, and why culturally responsive education is an effective strategy to combat those forces.