If you teach black children, you cannot and should not be silent about the injustices against them. If you don’t know what to say— It's time to start doing some research!
Even if you don’t teach black children, you still have a responsibility since these children will one day encounter people who don’t look like them.
Help facilitate an anti-racist world— it’s never too young to start. As educators, we are called to provide access to learning for all students. This can be done through conversations, books and open dialogue.
Have crucial conversations with co-workers—these need to be intentional and may be difficult but a difficult dialogue is better than no dialogue at all. We’ve been silent for too long!
Find people who have the same mindset that you have. Form a community within your school and look for ways to intentionally form a climate of belonging through programs in schools, parent nights, speakers with outside points of view to help expose your students and teachers to people who have a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
This racial journey is a marathon not a sprint—racism has existed for decades and we are not going to undo it in weeks or even months but as a teacher of any child, you have a responsibility to make a difference. Use your teacher voice!
Ask your principal and/or district what your plan is. If you ask, that may be just enough to get the ball rolling.
Do your homework! Ignorance is a choice, and confusion is a distraction in these matters. Start and/or continue learning!
Here are some resources we have compiled that we believe are of great value and are a great place to start.
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- A Talk to Teachers from James Baldwin
- Black Lives Matter: A Digital Read-Aloud Library
- This List Of Books, Films And Podcasts About Racism Is A Start, Not A Panacea
- Documentary explores why black girls are punished more at school
- Why white teachers must talk about race
- Top 154 Recommended African-American Children’s Books
- Anti-Racist Book list
- Anti-Racist Resources
- Interrupting school practices that disregard the mental health of black youth
- Ending Curriculum Violence
- Lesson plans and information related Black Lives Matter
- Documentary: America to Me