Resources we found useful
Do Right By Me embodies a significant social conversation about race and racism at a time when American society still struggles with understanding racism and its effects.
Learning for Justice (formerly known as Teaching Tolerance)
Learning for Justice is the new name for our work in the struggle for radical change in education and community! We are called as educators, justice advocates, caregivers and students to reimagine and reclaim our education system so that it is inclusive and just. We must learn, grow and wield power together. That’s how we will make justice real in our lives and in the lives of the students, families, educators and communities we serve.
The Race Institute for K-12 Educators
The Race Institute for K-12 Educators is an affordable and accessible opportunity for educators to grow their racial identities. We believe that it is the job of all educators to support the positive racial identity development of students; educators cannot accomplish this if they themselves do not have a positive racial identity.
-Ali Michael, Ph.D., facilitator, writer & consultant
My American Melting Pot
The My American Meltingpot podcast is a weekly show about all the ways race influences and impacts our daily lives. Hosted by award-winning author and journalist, Lori L. Tharps and featuring fascinating guests who share their unique expertise, the podcast is meant to educate and inform, entertain and inspire. We’re driving the conversation forward about race and diversity in America and the world. Check out her books: Same Family, Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in America's Diverse Families AND Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America
How Do I Talk About Race?
Since the opening of the National Museum of African American History & Culture, the number one question people ask us is how to talk about race. The NMAAHC education department’s mission has made deliberate strides toward being a “brave space” to discuss race, equity, and inclusion; and explore how these topics relate in both a historical and cultural context. In 2014, they launched their signature program, “Let’s Talk! Teaching Race in the Classroom.”
"You can’t expect to educate one percent of the students while 90 percent of them do not have the information that they need to qualify for future jobs, and expect our nation to still be on top." JAMELLA MILLER
This documentary includes Jamella's parents who have spoken publicly about the issue of inequity in school funding as well as getting involved in a lawsuit in 2014 against Pennsylvania’s Department of Education that claimed the state failed to “provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education.”
Follow the Public Interest Law Center for the latest effort to change systemic racism in the funding formula for public education. When it comes to public school underfunding in PA, the facts are plain: 86% of the students in PA public schools attend school districts that are not adequately funded according to state law.
Seeing the Water: Seven Values Targets for Anti-Racism Action
We already know many of the structural targets for anti-racism action: residential segregation by “race”; funding of public schools based on local property taxes; over-policing of communities of color; disproportionate incarceration of Black and Brown people; communities of color as environmental “sacrifice zones.” But we may have neglected the values targets for anti-racism action. Here are seven values to consider...
Podcast: The Parenting Cipher
is dedicated to empowering Parents of Color raising special needs kids by demystifying the education system, therapeutic programs, and advocating for the rights of our children. We offer parenting, advocacy, healthy living, and entrepreneur tips to parents who want to uplevel their children’s experience.
Do Right...in higher ed
Val and Katie have a combined 45 years of work in higher education and a strong social justice orientation that calls all of us in the field to do right.
If you are a consumer of podcasts, Revisionist History is a must listen with the gifted researcher and storyteller, Malcolm Gladwell. A Do Right recommendation for our readers, listen to Season 1, Episodes 4-6:
S1Ep4: Carlos Doesn't Remember is the first in a three-part Revisionist History miniseries taking a critical look at the idea of capitalization—the measure of how well America is making use of its human potential.
S1Ep5: “Food Fight,” the second part on opening up college to poor kids, focuses on a seemingly unlikely target: how the food each school serves in its cafeteria can improve or distort the educational system.
S1Ep6: “My Little Hundred Million” is the third part and looks at the hidden ideologies behind giving and how a strange set of ideas has hijacked educational philanthropy.
We dare you to listen and not figure out a way to take action. In addition to the research and recommended reading, get your hands on Paul Tough's, The Inequality Machine: How College Divides Us