7 Resources To Help Teach White Students About Racism

It is important that we have conversations about race, that we educate students, and that we acknowledge and try to reduce privlege and cultural bias in our classrooms.

Here are a list of resources to help teach white students about racism, originally compiled by NCTE.

1. “Raising Race Conscious Children”

“A resource to support adults who are trying to talk about race with young children. The goals of these conversations are to dismantle the color-blind framework and prepare young people to work toward racial justice.”

2. “The First Thing Teachers Should Do When School Starts Is Talk about Hatred in America”

August 13, 2017, Washington Post article by Valerie Strauss

“The 2017-2018 school year is getting started, and teachers nationwide should expect students to want to discuss what happened in Charlottesville as well as other expressions of racial and religious hatred in the country.”

3. “Dismantling Racism in Education”

Heinemann Dedicated to Teachers Blog

Sara Ahmed, Sonja Cherry-Paul, and Cornelius Minor talk about what racism looks like and how we can begin to break up the assumptions we make about racism.

*Read more about this resource HERE.

4. “Resources for Teaching in These Times”

On June 14, 2016, in response to the Orlando shootings, NCTE began collecting teaching resources from its members that continue to build in relevance given the ongoing struggles and critical conversations taking place across the country.

5. “Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation”

“Race Forward’s mission is to build awareness, solutions, and leadership for racial justice by generating transformative ideas, information, and experiences.”

6. “Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism—from Ferguson to Charleston”

From Citizenship & Social Justice by Jon Greenberg

“One positive to emerge from these difficult times is the wealth of resources now available for White Americans. Never have I seen so many ideas, options, and concrete steps to take action against racism.”

7. “White Fragility, Anti-Racist Pedagogy, and the Weight of History”

From Black Perspectives by Justin Gomer and Christopher Petrella, July 27, 2017

“One cannot begin to comprehend the relationship between race and racism without historical investigation. A historically-grounded anti-racist pedagogy, rather than a psychologically-oriented one, allows us to see US society ‘in the act of inventing race.’”

This list was originally compiled by NCTE.


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