Curriculum by Age Level
Children’s Community School. “They’re Not Too Young to Talk about Race.” Infographic. PDF. 28 Feb. 2018.
DeLeon, Aya. Confederate Flag 2 - How to Talk to Small Children About Racism; Celebrating Bree Newsome. Aya deLeon blog, 4 July 2015. a model for educational, age-appropriate storytelling.
Derman-Sparks, Louise and Julie Olsen Edwards. “Teaching Young Children about Race: A Guide for Parents and Teachers.” Teaching for Change, 8 July 2015.
Early Childhood Education Assembly. “Resources for Educators Focusing on Anti-Racist Learning and Teaching.” “The Early Childhood Education Assembly's Statement on Race and Early Childhood Education was posted in June, 2015. To support our suggestion that early childhood educators engage deliberately in focused anti-racist work, we promised resources. … in support of educators working to (a) deepen understandings about institutional and interpersonal racism and its manifestations in early childhood settings, (b) understand the depth and breadth of histories often left out of or misrepresented in our teaching, and (c) apply new awareness to transforming practice and policy.”
Embrace Race with Moms Rising. 10 Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids about Race. “EmbraceRace is a community of adults of all colors - we are parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, teachers, older siblings, librarians, cousins, therapists and other caring adults - who support each other in our efforts to raise and guide children who are inclusive, informed and brave when it comes to race.” Moms Rising “take[s] on the most critical issues facing women, mothers, and families by educating the public and mobilizing massive grassroots actions .”
A Resource for Talking About Race with Young Children. Raising Race Conscious Children. “The[se] ... strategies have been modeled on th[e] blog” Raising Race Conscious Children.
Resources for Educators Focusing on Anti-Racist Learning and Teaching” by the Early Childhood Education Assembly.
Spiegler, Jinnie. “Teaching Young Children About Bias, Diversity, and Social Justice.” Edutopia, 16 June 2016. “Use young children’s understanding of differences to teach social justice through age-appropriate literature, news stories, anti-bias lessons, familiar examples, and problem solving.”
Story Pirates - Black Lives Matter. “Black Voices Matter. Black Stories Matter. Black Lives Matter. … Our mission at Story Pirates is to celebrate the words and ideas of kids and to show them that their stories matter. We want to live in a world where everyone’s story matters, everyone’s voice matters, and everyone’s life matters; and we can’t achieve that goal until our society fully recognizes that Black lives matter.” This site offers resources for parents and educators as well as books for children and a Story Spark.
NOTE: This page offers books and articles about pedagogy and curriculum for specific age levels.
Resources for ALL AGES are found on CURRICULUM SUPPORTING RACIAL JUSTICE
NOTE 2: 2019 and 2020 titles are noted in PURPLE. Newer is not always better, but it may be important in this context.
Suggestions for additional curricular materials may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dias, Marley. “Marley Dias talks Institutional Racism.” YouTube, 7 July 2016.
Jordan, June. Letter to the Local Police. from Directed By Desire: The Collected Poems of June Jordan (Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2005) Use this poem as a conversation starter: Remove key identity words from the poem and ask students to fill in the blanks. Discuss how the poem could actually be about racism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, or sexism.
Bissell, Evan. The Knotted Line. An interactive media project exploring the historical relationship between freedom and confinement in the United States. With miniature paintings of over 50 historical moments from 1495-2025. Includes resources for educators.
Bowling, Nate. “A Syllabus For Students When Dealing With Law Enforcement.” Nate Bowling: American Emigrant, 17 April 2016. Nate’s whole website is likely to be interesting to readers of SNL.
Muhammead, Gholdy. Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy (Scholastic, 2019) This book is an essential tool for teachers, principals, counselors, and anyone who strives to teach literacy better, particularly to students of color. While outlining a four-part framework for teaching, Muhammad provides culturally and historically responsive sample plans and text sets.
NOT INTENDED FOR STUDENT USE Greenberg, Jon. Curriculum for White Americans, Citizenship and Social Justice, 10 July 2015. “This website is named after the high school course, Citizenship and Social Justice, that Seattle Public Schools unsuccessfully tried to extinguish stemming from the complaints of one white family opposed to study of race and racism.”
A Guide to Organizing Dialogue to Change for Education That Works for All. PDF. Nellie Mae Foundation, Everyday Democracy & Great Schools Partnership, 19 June 2019. “Making sure that all young people have equitable opportunities to do well in school and in life is key to the health of our communities and our whole democracy. This brief guide is designed to help you bring this essential work to your local school district and community.”
Jordan, June. "Letter to the Local Police." from Directed By Desire: The Collected Poems of June Jordan (Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2005) Use this poem as a conversation starter: Remove key identity words from the poem and ask students to fill in the blanks. Discuss how the poem could actually be about racism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, or sexism.
Odewale, Dr. Alicia and Dr. Karla Slocum. “Tulsa Syllabus: The Rise, Destruction, and Rebuilding of Tulsa’s Greenwood District.” Suitable for high school and older.
SURJ. “When They See Us Discussion Guide.“ The Netflix series, When They See Us by filmmaker Ava DuVernay debuted on May 31st and the next day was steaming at number 1. It ... tells the story of the Central Park Five, a group of Black and Latino boys who were wrongfully accused of sexually assaulting a white woman jogger in Central Park in 1989. … The series provides a provocative and emotional look into our justice system.”