I saw a tweet the other day that read, "If you have a platform use it."
I happen to have a platform, so I am going to use it. I'm using my website, my twitter feed, and my workshops to advocate as best I can for teachers to have difficult conversations about hatred and bigotry in the classroom.
I happen to live in a state that is largely rural and largely white. For some adults in our community, it feels easy to ignore what's going on beyond our "bubble" and to go on with life as usual. Lots of people I know aren't comfortable having conversations about race, and are worried they'll make a mistake, so they avoid it altogether. I worry that I'll make a mistake too.
However, it's BECAUSE our community is largely white that I hope educators find the courage and the resources to face history, and teach empathy, kindness, critical literacy, and give all kids, white kids included, tools for living peacefully in a diverse world.
Read-alouds, videos, news for kids, and other resources make it possible to bring diverse voices into all classrooms and can guide conversations about difficult topics in ways that are appropriate for all age ranges. Reading stories from many perspectives helps students develop empathy, makes unfamiliar ideas and cultures more familiar, and can dispel misconceptions by providing information and multiple perspectives.
I've been following #WeNeedDiverseBooks and #educolor for years, and the recent of explosion of resources at #CharlottesvilleCurriculum has been remarkable. Many educators I work with, however, aren't on Twitter, or aren't sure how to sift through all the information to find what they need, so I've attempted to round up resources for the people I work with most often. Hopefully, you'll find something here for you and your students as well.
My plan is to update this frequently, focusing on sources that I trust, and resources that feel like they will stand the test of time. If you know of a resource that could be added or spot a problem with a resource I've listed, don't hesitate to leave a comment.
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