Resource List for Discussing Equity in the Classroom
Schools are at the very core of our communities and are critical to the academic, physical, and mental health of students as well the economic health of communities and ultimately the country. As students and staff return to school this fall they are faced with challenges related to COVID-19 as well as heightened public awareness of issues related to equity, social justice and race.
The Social Emotional Learning Community of Practice of the CSIU 16 Region has developed a series of resources to help communities, schools and parents face these difficult decisions. This document and the links below include tips for how to talk about equity at home and in the classroom. If you scroll down, you will also find a compilation of resources that were gathered and vetted by the committee directly related to COVID-19 as it relates to equity. Each is listed with a brief description of the source and its contents.
Tips for Educators on How to Talk to Children about Equity, Racism and Social Justice (Coming Soon)
Tips for Parents on How to Talk to Children about Equity, Racism and Social Justice (Coming Soon)
Flexing our Equity Muscle to Accelerate Impact – The United Way Equity Framework
This United Way resource is designed to help United Ways across the US to identify, develop and implement impact strategies, practices, processes and messaging to drive equitable community change. Much of the information is also helpful for individuals who are committed to participating in this change.
This website provides an expansive list of resources for parents and teachers related to topics of equity, social justice and culture/race.
Racial Equity Tools
Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. The site offers research, tools, curricula and ideas that can help parents and/or teachers as well.
Educator and Parent Resources – Citizenship and Social Justice
Jon Greenberg is an award-winning public high school teacher and writer whose work has been featured in Everyday Feminism, NPR, The Huffington Post, Teaching Tolerance, and Yes! Magazine. His website provides educator and parent specific resources to address all sorts of equity issues.
Beyond the Golden Rule – Teaching Tolerance
This Parent’s guide to preventing and responding to prejudice is a great resource for parents who are looking for ways to teach their children about equity, social justice and race.
Pennsylvania Equity and Inclusion Toolkit – Pennsylvania Department of Education
“The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is committed to helping schools across the commonwealth meet our shared goal of ensuring that every learner has access to a world-class education system that helps prepare them for success in the classroom and beyond. Critical to that mission is creating a culture of inclusiveness at all schools across the commonwealth, where students feel safe, respected, and welcomed.”
Pursuing Social and Emotional Development Through a Racial Equity Lens: 5 Strategies for System Leaders to Take Action – Aspen Institute – Education and Society Program
The Aspen Institute gathers diverse, nonpartisan thought leaders, creators, scholars and members of the public to address some of the world’s most complex problems. The goal of the institute is to have impact in the real world by provoke and improve actions in communities. This particular publication provides five strategies for system leaders to address social, emotional and academic development through and equity lens. The following link takes you to the place to download this document.
Centering Equity in Social Emotional Learning – Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance
Great Lakes Equity Center is an educational research and service center located in Indiana University’s School of Education at IUPUI. The Center engages in equity-focused technical assistance and related research with educational and community agencies focused on systemic improvements to serve all learners with particular focus on educational access, participation and outcomes for those who have been historically marginalized. This Equity Tool is a rubric, enabling users to determine the extent to which developed standards reflect an equity-focused approach to Social Emotional Learning.
Resources to Support Schools and Systems in the Wake of Racial Violence - Education Research and Development Institute
Extensive resource list for educators and schools systems for planning on how to respond to Racial Violence
Framing Brave Conversations about Race and Ethnicity – Leading Equity Center LCC – Dr. Elkins
The Leading Equity Center is committed to providing equity advocates a learning forum focused on innovative strategies and knowledge that can influence social-emotional support, equity in digital spaces, rebuilding of school culture, closing achievement gaps, and highlight what we have learned during COVID-19. This particular document provides a list of tips for educators on how to engage in brave discussions about race and ethnicity.
Guiding Questions for Educators: Promote Equity Using SEL – CASEL
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL). This checklist provides educators with ideas on how utilize SEL to promote student cultural assets that they bring to the classroom.
Racial Equity Impact Assessment: Race Forward – The Center for Racial Justice Innovation
Founded in 1981, Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. The Racial Equity Impact Assessments are designed to provide a systematic examination about how different racial and ethnic groups will be impacted by proposed actions or decisions.
SEL and Equity: Leadership Beliefs and Actions – CASEL
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL). This worksheet is intended to promote reflection on beliefs and actions that shape how your district leverages SEL to advance educational equity.
Three SEL Skills You Need to Discuss Race in Classrooms – Greater Good Magazine
Greater Good is based at Berkley and is publication of the Greater Good Science Center. The Center is dedicated to the study of psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient and compassionate society. This resource zeros in on three SEL skills and provides information for educators on how to leverage those skills to promote discussions that civil and empathetic.
Trauma Related Resources: - Race, equity and social justice issues for children can result in trauma. The following three trauma related resources are included for educators to review so that as they develop lesson plans and facilitate discussions about race, equity and social justice, they use a trauma informed lens.
“All SEL Should Be Trauma Informed” article: https://kappanonline.org/all-sel-should-be-trauma-informed-schools-pawlo-lorenzo-eichert-elias76390-2/
“Balancing Adverse Childhood Experiences with HOPE” from the Center for the Study of Social Policy: https://cssp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Balancing-ACEs-with-HOPE-FINAL.pdf
Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences Handouts and Worksheets: https://positiveexperience.org/hope-handouts-worksheets/
The following links provide educators and parents additional resources to include in discussions about race, equity and social justice. There are resources for all developmental levels and include links to a wide variety of venues including museums, videos, stories etc.