Anti-Racism Resources for Teachers

Resources for teaching about and responding to police brutality

5 Ways to Teach about Michael Brown and Ferguson in the new school year from the Huffington Post

Preparing to Discuss Michael Brown in the Classroom is an excellent guide put together by the Washington D.C. Public Schools–follow this link for the pdf of the guide

How to Talk to Students about Ferguson from PBS

How to Teach Kids about what’s happening in Ferguson from The Atlantic

30 Powerful Reactions to the Ferguson Decision from Teens and Young Adults from the Huffington Post

Black People Pointing their Fingers Keep Getting Accused of Gang Activity from The Huffington Post

Self-Segregation: Why it’s Hard for Whites to Understand Ferguson from The Atlantic

We Must Stop Police Abuse of Black Men from The New York Times

For Parents of Young Black Men with Autism: Extra Fear of Police from NPR (This resource is particularly useful for demonstrating the intersectionality of racism and ableism)

Literature for students

10 Quick Ways to Analyze Children’s Books for Racism and Sexism 

Middle School Diversity Literature

Early Childhood Diversity Literature

Films for learning more

Race: The Power of an Illusion (2003) Larry Adelman

Traces of the Trade (2006) Katrina Browne

The Way Home (1995) Shakti Butler

Mirrors of Privilege (2007) Shakti Butler

Teens Talk Racial Privilege (2010) Ali Michael

The Danger of a Single Story (2009) A TED Talk by Chimamanda Adichie

A Girl Like Me Kiri Davis

Dark Girls (2011) Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry

13th (2016) Ava DuVernay

The Urgency of Intersectionality (2016) A TED Talk by Kimberle Crenshaw

Powerful Blog Posts

Are all Indians Dead? At least that’s what most schools teach children by Alysa Landry

We, White Teachers of Mostly White Students, We Have a Lot of Work To Do


Race: Are we so different? helps individuals of all ages better understand the origins and manifestations of race and racism in everyday life by investigating race and human variation through the framework of science.

Welcoming Schools, a curriculum of the Human Rights Campaign, offers tools, lessons and resources on embracing family diversity, avoiding gender stereotyping and ending bullying and name-calling in elementary schools.

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

Rethinking Schools advocates the reform of elementary and secondary education, with a strong emphasis on issues of equity and social justice.

Teaching Tolerance is 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.

GroundSpark creates visionary films and dynamic educational campaigns that move individuals and families to take action for a more just world.

News Stories

Racist Backlash Over Indian American Miss America: This article demonstrates how many White Americans still equate Americanness with Whiteness.

Ghetto Tracker – The app that helps rich avoid poor: Our country is so stratified by socioeconomic status, people are devising tools to ensure they do not stray into poor neighborhoods.

Aziz Ansari shows how to confront racist comments with humor:  For people who are unsure how to respond to racism, Ansari is a master.

Re-imagining Disney Princesses: This page would be great for an art project imagining all kinds of Disney Princesses who aren’t White.  Might make a great lesson paired with the Miss America story above.

If Disney Princesses had Realistic Waistlines

Study: Doctors Less Likely to Give Painkillers to Black Children

Are College Lectures Unfair?

9th Grader Arrested After Bringing Home-Built Clock to School

12-Year-Old Boy on Cheerleading Squad Commits Suicide Over Anti-Gay Bullying

Study: Both Public and Police View Black Kids As Older And Guiltier Than Whites

A Therapist Goes to Middle School and Tries to Sit Still and Focus. She Can’t… from The Washington Post

Basketball Players Stop Game to Defend Bullied Cheerleader

The “Model Minority” Is Losing Patience from The Economist

The Troubling Link Between School Funding and Race from The Atlantic

A Letter from the Vietnamese Student Association from The Daily Pennsylvanian (UPenn)

Informative Links

The Realities of Raising a Kid of a Different Race

Experiencing Racial Discrimination Causes Poor Health

Transgender Teens Speak To Their Future Selves

12 Queer Women in History

The Case for Black Doctors from The New York Times

Why Poor People Stay Poor

5 Lessons Black Girls Can Learn From

19 Things Black Girls Don’t Hear Often Enough

How It Feels When White People Shame Your Culture’s Food– Then Make It Trendy

How Our Brains Perceive Race 

The Pain of the Watermelon Joke from The New York Times

How Diversity Makes Us Smarter from Scientific American

Why Schools Need More Teachers of Color– for White Students from The Atlantic

Tell-Tale Signs of the Modern-Day Yuppie from The New York Times

12 Essential Books About Race in America from The Huffington Post

I Was Raised As a Racist: 6 Weird Things I Learned

When Americans Lynched Mexicans from the New York Times

Implicit Bias

Harvard Implicit Bias Test

Implicit Bias Test Results from The Washington Post

US Study: Teacher Bias in Discipline towards Black Students

Ali Michael’s Blog