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Resources for talking to children about race and racism

As a school community, we are processing the emotions associated with social injustices seen around the country, in addition to the anxiety surrounding reopening schools. 

Our school counselors and mental health staff stand ready to support students and families in processing these emotions and having crucial conversations to promote health and self-care. Please contact your building principal or pupil service staff member directly for support. 

Additionally, we reached out to our partners at New York University’s Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, whom we have been collaborating with for over a year around the equitable outcomes for all students. They recommended the 
Center for Racial Justice in Education

Below are several other resources related to culturally-responsive sustaining education which may be helpful to parents/guardians to build your own understanding of Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education (CR-SE) and to help support children as talk about issues of race and social injustices in our community and across our nation.

 

Embrace Race (Articles)

https://www.embracerace.org/

How Kids Learn about Race

16 ways to help children become thoughtful, informed and brave about race

10 tips for teaching and talking to kids about race

 

The Today Show and Nightly News Kids Edition (Videos and articles)

Nightly News Kids Edition June 2

How To Talk With Kids About Race In America | Nightly News: Kids Edition

How To Speak To Kids About Race Relations In America | TODAY

10 books to help you discuss anti-racism with children and teenagers

How to talk to kids about racism, protests and injustice

How to talk to kids about race and racism

 

Additional Resources (Articles)

Here's How to Raise Race Conscious Children

Graphic - Stages Birth-6 yo and Understanding about Race

 

How should I engage children on the topic of race?

  1. Get comfortable talking about race, racism and racial inequity.
  2. Normalize talking about race – avoid silence!
    • Bring it up and address it directly (avoid colorblindness)
    • Ask questions (“what makes you say that?”)
    • Use the concept of fairness to help
  3. Empower!
  4. Model behaviors for children.
  5. Connect the past with the present and teach critical race literacy.
  6. Listen to kids. Understand their questions.