Resources

Blogs

  1. Teaching Tolerance: Is My School Racist? There’s no one-size-fits-all response to that question, no magic checklist or formula to answer it or, more important, to bring about needed change. But some approaches to identifying and mounting a response to institutional racism in schools are increasingly accepted as best practices.
  2. Common Beliefs. Explore 13 commonly held beliefs that influence educators’ ability to be responsive to racially and ethnically diverse students.
  3. Edweek.org blog.

Books

  1. Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School by Mica Pollock. Which acts by educators are “racist” and which are “antiracist”? How can an educator constructively discuss complex issues of race with students and colleagues? In Everyday Antiracism, leading educators deal with the most challenging questions about race in school, offering invaluable and effective advice.
  2. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. “Michelle Alexander’s book offers a timely and original framework for understanding mass incarceration, its roots to Jim Crow, our modern caste system, and what must be done to eliminate it. This book is a call to action.”
  3. Growing Up White: A Veteran Teacher Reflects On Racism. As a teacher Julie made mistakes, learned from them, made more and concludes that understanding race in America is an ongoing process. Her book is rich with suggestions for working in our schools today, where we find a primarily white teaching force and an expanding population of students of color. She believes that these students make our schools rich and exciting places in which to work. Landsman also believes that white teachers can reach their students in deep and positive ways.
  4. Why race and culture matter in schools: Closing the achievement gap in America’s classrooms.

News Articles

  1. Racism and the Achievement Gap. Although no one is born prejudiced, many of the assumptions, values, and practices of people and institutions hinder the learning of students of color and students from low-socioeconomic classes. Race and class biases in particular are major causes of differential success. Since schools are the primary formal societal institutions that young people encounter, they have enormous responsibility in combating all forms of racism. What schools do, or don’t do, has a significant impact on the future of society.
  2. Shocking Facts About Public School Segregation.
  3. 10 Ways Well-Meaning White Teachers Bring Racism Into Our Schools. Most teachers mean well and have no intention of being racist. Yet as people who are inscribed with Whiteness, it’s possible for us to act in racist ways no matter our intentions. Uprooting racism from our daily actions takes a lifetime of work.
  4. A White Teacher Reflects on Institutional Racism. An English teacher who taught two years at a racially and economically diverse high school reflects on unintentional forms of racism hiding behind her hard-working colleagues’ standard practices. Examples include underrepresentation of black authors in the curriculum, lack of faculty diversity, and a persistently “white” school ethos. Acknowledging institutional racism’s complexities and seeking help from ethnic communities are paramount.
  5. Poverty Matters: Edweek Series on Poverty

Take Action

  1. Speak Up at School. Learn to identify, understand the impact of and speak up against biased language. Designed for use with our Speak Up at School guide, this module includes video scenarios to inspire role-playing.
  2. Perspectives for a Diverse America. Build Literacy-based, Anti-bias Learning Plans with Teaching Tolerance’s FREE Perspectives for a Diverse America. This website allows teachers to create rich literacy-based curriculum that marries anti-bias social justice and equity content with the rigor of the Common Core State Standards.
  3. EduColor
  4. Anti-Oppression Resources and Activities. Organizing for Power is a project of The Alliance of Community Trainers. ACT offers knowledge, tools, and skills to individuals, organizations and communities to empower sustainable transformation.
  5. School Climate Questionnaire. This simple one-page survey can be used to uncover differences in teacher and student perceptions.

Research

  1. Southern Education Foundation Research Publication: Low Income Students Now Majority in Nation’s Public Schools. In 40 of the 50 states, low income students comprised no less than 40 percent of all public schoolchildren. Most of the states with a majority of low income students are found in the South and the West. In Florida, nearly 60% of public school students are living in poverty. The success or failure of our public schools will depends upon our commitment to provide the best educational supports, resources and services for the students with the largest needs.
  2. Kids Count Indicators-Florida
  3. Talk Poverty Florida: 2014, Center for American Progress
  4. Florida Families and Children Below the Federal Poverty Level: Florida Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs
  5. Spending on Incarceration vs Public Education
  6. U.S. DOE Study
  7. State of Teacher Diversity-AFT
  8. Pew Research on Social and Demographic Trends: 2016

Video

Equity in Education from The National Equity Project