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Resources for Teaching about Racism

As schools open in the wake of recent events in Charlottesville and across the country, teachers at all levels are struggling to decide how to talk about racism in the classroom.

The challenge is daunting, but many educators have expressed a commitment to tackling this important issue. Fortunately, they aren’t alone. Colleges, schools, nonprofits, and online communities have all taken up the task of sharing resources and building support.

There are resources for teachers to strengthen their own knowledge of the history of racism in the United States, as well as advice and materials for developing teaching strategies and building safe spaces for discussion.

Many teachers have found that, in addition to addressing the topic of racism with students, they have to think hard about the racial dynamics at work in their learning communities. As NPR reports, “More than 80 percent of public school teachers are white, while half of all students are people of color. Some teachers may never have directly talked about race or racism, particularly with younger children.”

Now is a crucial time to begin this work. Below are some of the many resources available to teachers:


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