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Three interventions that get us closer to equity

First, adults responsible for teaching and caring for children should have the tools, supports, and inducements necessary for doing their work well. We need arrangements — interventions, if you will — to equip parents and teachers with state of the art skills, social supports, and tools to do their work well, including appropriate forms of accountability.

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How to Challenge Biased Language

Prejudicial phrases and statements often come without warning, leaving the listener stunned and sometimes speechless, unsure how to respond. Unfortunately, the typical response is often to say nothing. While difficult to do, challenging bigoted and offensive remarks is critical to ensuring dignity and respect for all people. http://www.adl.org/education-outreach/anti-bias-education/c/challenging-biased-language.html

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Role Models and Stereotypes

This lesson provides an opportunity for elementary students to learn about Misty Copeland, reflect on her experiences and story and explore how stereotypes and role models influence career aspirations and decisions.

http://www.adl.org/education-outreach/lesson-plans/c/role-models-and stereotypes.html

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Issue Brief Reveals that Unconscious Bias Permeates Through School Discipline

The Issue Brief: Racial Disproportionality in School Discipline: Implicit Bias is Heavily Implicated, shows that zero-tolerance policies that mandate automatic disciplinary consequences are applied unevenly across racial and ethnic groups, contributing to the disproportionality problem and creating risks of other negative life outcomes, such as higher drop-out rates, lower academic achievement, incarceration later in life and all of their collateral results.

Source: Issue Brief Reveals that Unconscious Bias Permeates Through School Discipline

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Here’s How You Can Support Students of Color Who Have Disabilities

The intersection of race and disability is often forgotten, minimized or ignored, especially in the lives of African-Americans and African-American students. A 2016 press release

Source: Here’s How You Can Support Students of Color Who Have Disabilities – Education Post

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Great Expectations: Race, Ethnicity, and Education

The Pygmalion Effect: Addressing unconscious bias in teacher expectations has positive outcomes on the performance of black and Latino students. A first step is for educators and employers to shift their perspectives on these kids and see the assets they possess.

Source: Great Expectations: Race, Ethnicity, and Education

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Repeated experiences of racism most damaging to mental health 

For the first time, research reveals how harmful repeated racial discrimination can be on mental and physical health. The study looked at the accumulation of experiences of racial attacks over time including being shouted at, being physically attacked, avoiding a place, or feeling unsafe because of one’s ethnicity.

Source: Repeated experiences of racism most damaging to mental health — ScienceDaily

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How silence can breed prejudice: A child development professor explains how and why to talk to kids about race 

Lots of parents think if they are “colorblind,” their kids will be too. Don’t make that mistake. Talk about race from the earliest days.

Source: How silence can breed prejudice: A child development professor explains how and why to talk to kids about race – The Washington Post

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When School Silence is Violence 

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Mark Twain once quipped that schools should not get in the way of educating our youth. When schools and/or districts choose to ignore massive forms of oppression because it is not convenient or comfortable to discuss, another form of injustice is established.

Source: When School Silence is Violence – Philly’s 7th Ward

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Resources for Discussing Police Violence, Race, and Racism With Students

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Two recent recorded police killings of black men and the killings of five police officers in Dallas have left many adults without words, especially not the words necessary to explain the violence and underlying racial issues to children.

Source: Education Week

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Questions Children of Color are Asking: Am I the Next Hashtag?

Consciously working to instill high self-esteem and self-actualization in children of color is paramount to any other form of activism in my life. As adults, we can protest, post Facebook statuses, boycott big-chain stores but what about the children? We must not neglect their voice during this time, instead, it is our responsibility to guide them on the primacy of self-developing their own opinions.

Source: Questions Children of Color are Asking: Am I the Next Hashtag? | Efflorescent Memoirs

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Teaching Young Children about Race – Teaching for Change

A Guide for Parents and Teachers Recent events— including the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the Charleston church shooting, and the debate over the Confederate flag— have led many parents and teachers to seek out resources to address issues of race and inequality with young children. We share with you here an excerpt from the book Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves. The […]

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Third Graders Assess and Improve Diversity of Classroom Library

By Jeremy Manger As part of our larger social justice project, my third grade students at High Tech Elementary North County in San Marcos, California completed an investigation into the diversity of our classroom library. Our investigation question was: How diverse is our classroom library? The class decided to examine the library, creating groups of books based […]

Source: Third Graders Assess and Improve Diversity of Classroom Library – Teaching for Change : Teaching for Change

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Changing the Narrative: Seeing Positive Images of Black People Helps Reduce Racial Bias in Older White and Asian Children

Previous research has shown children as young as 5 can develop implicit racial biases. But a recent study by the University of British Columbia proves that it’s possible to reduce said biases in older children. The study, conducted by lead author Antonya Gonzalez and other UBC researchers, found that telling stories of African-Americans “contributing positively to […]

Source: Changing the Narrative: Seeing Positive Images of Black People Helps Reduce Racial Bias in Older White and Asian Children, Study Shows – Atlanta Black Star

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Beyond Integration: How Teachers Can Encourage Cross-Racial Friendships

As kids grow older, they grow less likely to maintain or build relationships with friends of different races. A new study shows teachers can have a surprising effect on changing that.

Source: Beyond Integration: How Teachers Can Encourage Cross-Racial Friendships : NPR Ed : NPR

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Test Yourself for Hidden Bias | Teaching Tolerance – Diversity, Equity and Justice

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Hidden Bias Tests measure unconscious, or automatic, biases. Your willingness to examine your own possible biases is an important step in understanding the roots of stereotypes and prejudice in our society.

Source: Test Yourself for Hidden Bias | Teaching Tolerance – Diversity, Equity and Justice

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Anti-bias Framework | Teaching Tolerance – Diversity, Equity and Justice

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The ABF is leveled for every stage of K-12 education and includes school-based scenarios to show what anti-bias attitudes and behavior may look like in the classroom.

 

Source: Anti-bias Framework | Teaching Tolerance – Diversity, Equity and Justice

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For White Teachers in the Time of #BlackLivesMatter

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This is a post for white teachers – it doesn’t matter if you teach at predominantly white schools or schools with a majority of students of color. I don’t pretend to have big R…

Source: For White Teachers in the Time of #BlackLivesMatter | Practical Theory

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If even a privileged elite suffer under this treatment, we might expect even larger effects for people without those advantages

Many people don’t even realise that they are discriminating based on race or gender. And they won’t believe that their actions have consequences until they see scientific evidence.

Source: BBC – Future – Prejudice is not always overt. It’s called ‘microaggression’

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You can’t ignore racism and raise anti-racist children. You have to tackle it head-on 

You can’t pretend that racism doesn’t exist or is a relic of the past. Even when it comes to children’s books

Source: You can’t ignore racism and raise anti-racist children. You have to tackle it head-on | Opinion | The Guardian

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Don’t Forget About Black Girls 

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Four education scholars recently unpacked the racial bias that leads to the black girl pushout in schools—and the many ways it differs from that of black boys. Educators need to hear the nuances these scholars provide: To group black girls and black boys together when talking about the racism they face in school, without considering gender, does a disservice to both groups. As Shaun R. Harper, executive director and founder of the Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education, notes, “[Girls] really are pushed out of schools in some uniquely gendered ways that haven’t been fully considered.”

Source: Don’t Forget About Black Girls | Teaching Tolerance – Diversity, Equity and Justice

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How ‘Comunitarios’ Are Changing the Way Schools and Communities Collaborate – Help Is On The Way

For over 40 years, the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA) has been advocating for families and children facing bigotry. We’ve been working with families to help schools become a place where their contributions are valued, where their language, income levels and immigration statuses aren’t seen as hindrances. The comunitarios are the result of that work.

Source: How ‘Comunitarios’ Are Changing the Way Schools and Communities Collaborate – Education Post

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The 100 Year Old Conversation

“I HAD NEGATIVE THOUGHTS ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE PRIOR TO BEING TAUGHT BY ONE.”

“If it were not for you,” explained this year’s National Teacher of the Year Recipient, Jahana Hayes (pictured above), as she reflected on what one of her White students said to her, in that the student indicated she was “thankful to have her as a teacher, because she had [negative thoughts] about Black people prior to being in her class,” is a testament to how impactful diversity is to this profession.

Source: The 100 Year Old Conversation: Let’s Diversify (Part I) | The Fellowship | LinkedIn

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Studying How Poverty Keeps Hurting Young Minds, and What to Do About It 

Experts in neuroscience, genetics and social work discussed emerging research on what happens to a child’s brain before it is fully formed, and how children who seem broken can be made whole.

Source: Studying How Poverty Keeps Hurting Young Minds, and What to Do About It – NYTimes.com

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Why Affluent Parents Should Demand Diverse Schools for Their Children

Studies show that white students develop better critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a diverse environment. Diverse learning environments also prepare white and non-white children to work in the diverse workplaces they will encounter as adults in 21st century America. Currently, U.S. employers reportedly spend up to $300 million a year on “diversity training” to help their unprepared employees learn the critical skills needed to succeed in diverse work environments.

Source: Why Affluent Parents Should Demand Diverse Schools for Their Children

Classroom Resource:Checking on Stereotypes

Classroom Resources: School Culture
Anti-Bias Domain: Justice
Grade Level: Grades 3 to 5 Grades 6 to 8 Grades 9 to 12
Subject: Reading and Language Arts Social Studies ELL / ESL
Always guard against the tendency to believe that everyone within a given identity group believes the same way.

Objectives:

Students will identify stereotypes they’ve experienced or heard
Students will discuss how these stereotypes are not always true
Students will identify specific ways to break down stereotypes

 

Source: Checking on Stereotypes | Teaching Tolerance – Diversity, Equity and Justice