Recommended Resources

CASEL: Emerging Insights on Advancing Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as a Lever for Equity and Excellence

  • This CASEL report summarizes five emerging insights on advancing SEL as a lever for equity and excellence that districts at all stages of their SEL implementation can reflect on as they shape their strategies

ASCD: How to Be an Antiracist Educator

  • This piece delineates what it means to practice anti-racism and provides actionable strategies for being an anti-racism educator


Facing History and Ourselves: Let’s Talk: Discussing Race, Racism, and Other Difficult Topics with Students

  • This guide provides strategies that educators can use to facilitate open conversations with students talk about the historical roots and contemporary manifestations of social inequality and discrimination


NAEYC: Becoming Upended: Teaching and Learning about Race and Racism with Young Children and Their Families

  • This article addresses the importance of talking about race and racism in developmentally appropriate ways with young people


National Museum of African American History and Culture: “Talking About Race” Web Portal

  • This online portal is designed to help educators, families, and other individuals talk about racism, racial identity, and the way these forces shape society


EdWeek: 15 Classroom Resources for Discussing Racism, Policing, and Protest

  • This article offers a list of resources specifically for classroom teachers, based on experiences of other teachers across the country


Facing History and Ourselves: Reflecting on George Floyd’s Death and Police Violence Towards Black Americans

  • This teaching guide will help teachers begin conversations with their students about George Floyd’s death and the events that surround it, including reflection activities to prepare for teaching, creating space for emotional processing, and diving deeper with multimedia tools

NEA: Creating the Space to Talk About Race in Your School

  • This white paper presents ten areas of focus (with complementary strategies) for creating a classroom space and culture where students feel comfortable talking about racism

The Atlantic: What Anti-racist Teachers Do Differently

  • This short article describes the mindsets necessary to engage in anti-racist teaching practices and support the success of all students

Teaching Tolerance, via Greater Good Science Center: Common Beliefs Survey – Teaching Racially and Ethnically Diverse Students

  • This professional learning activity leads staff to reflect on their beliefs and then critically examine commonly held beliefs about how to meet the learning needs of racially and ethnically diverse students

NCTSN: Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom – A Resource for Educators

  • This professional learning tool defines key terms, describes developmental differences in how children may be affected by racial trauma, and offers recommendations for creating a more trauma-informed classroom

Teaching Tolerance: Talking to Students About Race and Ethnicity

  • Packaged tools, webinar, and publications to support conversations with students about race, the Black Lives Matter movement, and injustice

Greater Good in Education: Standing Up Against Discrimination

  • In this high school level jigsaw activity, students explore real-world examples to identify peaceful ways of responding to discrimination when they see it

Teaching Tolerance: Why Teaching Black Lives Matter Matters, Part I

  • This article discusses the history and importance of the Black Lives Matter movement and explores effective strategies for addressing the movement with young children

EL Education: Reopening Guidance: Moving Toward More Equitable Schools

  • This toolkit centers equity in planning for reopening as an opportunity to re-examine, transform, and improve our systems to more wholly center on the experiences of our students and staff. The guidance and support for schools and districts includes SEL, as well as trauma-informed and cultural competent practices.