Resources for Social Justice and Equity
- Teaching Tolerance: Teaching about race, racism, and police violence
- Array Now: Started by Ava DuVernay, director of Now They See Us, this is a compilation of African American independent films-an array of stories and voices.
For parents - How to talk to your children about race and racial incidents:
- "Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News": An article from the Child Mind Institute
- “Helping Kids Process Violence, Trauma, and Race in a World of Nonstop News”- From Common Sense Media, panel of physicians, psychologists, and media experts discuss how to support children during this time.
- "Talking to children after racial incidents" - An article from Penn Graduate School of Education that lists phrases and comments to aid in a conversation about race that is from a social justice perspective
- Resources for Talking about Race, Racism, and Racialized Violence with Kids: This document was compiled by the Center for Racial Justice in Education
- 100 Race-conscious things you can say to your child to advance racial justice
- "George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What do we tell our children?" - In this article in USA Today, experts in child psychology explain how parents can begin conversations about racial violence and police brutality
For white allies - How to be an ally for racial justice:
- Summer Homework for White People Wondering if They Should Be Doing Something, Blog post by Assistant Head of School David Hickson
- Anti-racism Resources for White People: a compilation of resources for white people and parents to deepen their work in anti-racism.
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice: Curated by Medium and updated regularly.
- How You Can Be an Ally in the Fight for Social Justice: Activist DeRay Mckesson explains how we can all show up and stand up.
Lower school student resources:
- Becoming Upended: Teaching and Learning about Race and Racism with Young Children and Their Families - An article from The National Association for the Education of Young Children, this is a story of one kindergarten teacher's work at addressing race and racism throughout a school year
3rd grade and up: Kojo For Kids: Jason Reynolds Talks About Racism And The Protests - An audio recording interview; author Jason Reynolds takes questions from children and addresses racism and the protests.
5th grade and up (may be a bit too complicated for younger children, but could be adapted):
- Table Talk Guide from ADL.org that specifically provides context and discussion questions related to the current events around George Floyd that can help you structure a conversation
For middle and upper school-age students:
- "Understanding Race and Privilege" - National Association of School Psychologist article on how to talk about race and privilege
The resources below are mostly geared toward teenagers and adults, and mainly aimed at inspiring white people to engage in work to recognize privilege and actively dismantle white supremacy and systemic oppression. There are opportunities with these resources for families to engage with their children, with parents to engage with one another, for us to model our own personal work toward ending systemic violence.
- Article: "Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" by Peggy McIntosh
- Article: "When White Women Cry" by Mamta Accpadi
- Book: How to be an Antiracist by Ibram Kendi
- Book: Blindspot by Mahzarin Banaji
- Article/call to action program: "Unpacking White Feminism" - Rachel Cargle
- Book/call to action program: Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
Books for parents, faculty, staff:
- The Condemnation of Blackness Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America By Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Offers historical account of systemic and structural racism
- Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde
- Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- Black History Reading List
For parents - How to talk to your children about gun violence and school shootings:
Resources from the SSFS Counseling Staff:
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Talking to children about the shooting (all ages)
- American Psychological Association: Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting (all ages)
- Common Sense Media: How to Talk to Kids about School Shootings (all ages)
Applicable Resources from the Recent OIEJB email:
For Lower School Aged Children:
- Child Mind Institute: Helping Children Cope after a Traumatic Event
- American Academy of Pediatrics (Video): Tips on Talking to a Child after a Disaster
For Middle/Upper School Aged Children: