Educator and Parenting Resources

Classroom-Specific Resources 

I Am an Educator–The website of Jesse Hagopian, dedicated to defending the humanity of the educator and a vision of education that contributes to creating a socially just society.

New York Collective of Radical Educators–A group of current and former public school educators and their allies committed to fighting for social justice in our school system and society at large, by organizing and mobilizing teachers, developing curriculum, and working with community, parent, and student organizations.

Rethinking Schools–An education resource and publication committed to equity and to the vision that public education is central to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy.

Teaching for Change–An organization that provides teachers and parents with the tools to transform schools into centers of justice where students learn to read, write and change the world.

Teaching Tolerance–A place for educators to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools.

The Washington Bus–An organization that engages tomorrow’s leaders on their own terms, and empowers them through education, civic and cultural engagement, and hands-on democracy.

The Zinn Education Project–Offering over 100 free, downloadable lesson plans and articles, The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the use of Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States and other materials for teaching a people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country.

Education-Specific Articles 

Creating Classrooms for Social Justice, from Edutopia

Resisting Racism: The Anti-Bias Classroom, from Multiracial Asian Families

Teaching About Race, Racism and Police Violence, from Teaching Tolerance

Yes, It Is Time Teachers Start Actively Challenging Racism in the Classroom, from For Harriet

6 Videos To Use In Your Social Justice Lessons, from Edudemic

10 Things Teachers Should Never Do When Teaching Native Kids, from Indian Country Today Media Network

10 ways to challenge gender stereotypes in the classroom, from Let Toys Be Toys

10 Ways Well-Meaning White Teachers Bring Racism Into Our Schools, from Everyday Feminism

Educator Conferences

Citizen University, date TBD

The Northwest Conference on Teaching for Social Justice, in October in either Seattle and Portland

Seattle Race Conference, date TBD

The White Privilege Conference, usually in April in rotating locations

XITO: Xican@ Institute for Teaching and Organizing, dates and locations vary 

Parenting Websites

Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls–an online community for young girls and the young at heart, which encourages women in volunteerism, activism, cultural.

Anti-Bias Children’s Books–Books so that children can learn self-awareness, confidence, family pride, joy with human diversity, accurate language for differences, and caring connections, as well as can learn to recognize and describe unfairness,  understand that unfairness hurts, and act against prejudice alone or with others.

Black Children’s Books and Authors–A Tumblr compiling children’s books that reflect the lives of black children.

Citizenship and Social Justice Tumblr–A Tumblr compiling articles on social justice issues, many of which are tagged parenting.

Embrace Race–a website that educates and informs adults about the pervasive impact of race kid’s lives, helps caregivers nurture resilient kids of color and racial literacy in all kids, and helps caring adults become effective racial equality advocates for kids.

Everyday Feminism–a feminist website with a Parenting page.

A Mighty Girl–The world’s largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls.

Multiracial Asian Families–Thinking about race, families, children, and the intersection of mixed ID/Asian.

Raising Race Conscious Children–A website with the primary purpose of supporting parents and teachers who are trying to talk about race and diversity with young children. The goal of these conversations is to prepare young people to work toward racial justice.

We Need Diverse Books–a website dedicated to highlighting the best of diverse literature for children and teens and to heightening awareness through continued education.

Parenting Articles

Children Are Not Colorblind: How Young Children Learn Race, by Erin Winkler

He, She…It?: An exploration of gender-neutral parenting, from The Telegraph

It’s My Job to Raise Children Who Are Not Only Not Racist But Actively Anti-Racist, from Huffington Post 

Raising a Moral Child, from The New York Times

Shielding Children From Talk of Ferguson and Garner, from The New York Times

Talking to Kids About Racism and Justice: a list for parents, caregivers & educators, from Oakland Public Library

Teaching Tolerance: How white parents should talk to their young kids about race, from Slate

Tips for raising well-rounded girls in a princess dominated world, from PBS 

Want to Be a Feminist Parent?: 4 Goals to Consider, from Everyday Feminism

White Parents Should Talk to Their Kids About Discrimination, from Huffington Post 

Why It’s Imperative to Teach Empathy to Boys, from Mind/Shift

Why Kids Care More About Achievement Than Helping Others, from The Atlantic

4 Messages We Send Tween Girls That Undermine Their Self-Expression (And What To Say Instead), from Everyday Feminism

4 Things We Should All Teach Kids About Racism Right Now, from Black Girl Dangerous

6 Things White Parents Can Do to Raise Racially Conscious Children, from Everyday Feminism 

10 Books That Empower Kids to Stand Up and Speak Out, from Read Brightly.

15 Tips for Raising Kids with a Positive Body Image, from Everyday Feminism 

60+ Resources for Talking to Kids About Racism, from Creative with Kids

100 Race-conscious things you can say to your child to advance racial justice, from Raising Race Conscious Children

 

This list is hardly comprehensive. If you know of a great social-justice-focused resource that should be part of the list, please add it to the comments.

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