Can you suggest some resources for parents and school leadership interested in equity and antiracism work?
Here are some anti-racism resources for parents and school leaders:
- The Education of a White Parent by Sue Naimark (also check out Sue’s article, “Teachable Moments Not Just for Kids” in Rethinking Schools)
- Waking Up White by Debby Irving
- Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, a film by Shakti Butler
- Why Race Matters in Classrooms: Teaching Colorado’s Students of Color (Colorado Public Radio’s series that explores the achievement gap between students of color and their peers)
Getting More Involved
- Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools by Glen Singleton and Curtis Linton and More Courageous Conversations About Race by Glen Singleton
- Racial Equity Tools (offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas)
- The Peoples Institute for Survival and Beyond
- The Same Starting Line: How school boards can erase the opportunity gap between poor and middle-class children, resources for school board members developed by the Appleseed Network
- Everyday Democracy (an organization that “help[s] communities work equitable and inclusively in order to build a strong democracy and improve the quality of life for everyone.”)
- The Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance (an organization that “works to dismantle barriers to ensure people of all ethnic backgrounds have equal access and opportunity to participate fully in the life of the community.”)
- Although primarily geared toward parents of color whose children are attending independent schools, the Independent School Diversity Network’s website provides helpful information for parents looking to help improve community life in their child’s school. Check out ISDN’s current antiracism initiatives.
Real World Examples
- Montgomery County, MD – The Study Circles Program ”addresses racial and ethnic barriers to student achievement and parent involvement by engaging diverse staff, parents, and students in dialogue and problem solving.”
- Eden Prairie, MN - Not Your Father’s Suburb: Race and Rectitude in a Changing Minnesota Community by Susan Eaton
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