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Racial and Ethnic Identity

Creating Inclusive Schools: Racial and Ethnic Identity

Articles, Publications, and Reports

Tools for Action (Toolkits, Training, Guides, Lesson Plans and Activities)

  • Asian American/Ethnic Studies Curriculum Resources​: This compilation of educational resources specifically addressing the history, student experience, and heritage of Asian-Americans. The site offers information and tools to promote more inclusive educational spaces. Items include: podcasts, journal articles, literature, online resources, and lesson plans. Resources have been provided through the Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. 

  • Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools: This video and accompanying discussion guide for educators takes a look into the lives of Black girls and the practices, cultural beliefs, and policies that disrupts their education. This resource has been recommended as being appropriate for sociology, education, gender studies, and African American studies. The provided discussion guide for educators links topics to discuss and scenarios from the film to assist educators in having in-depth conversations regarding racial and gender disparities in education.

  • Racial Equity Toolkit, Seattle Race & Social Justice Initiative, 2012 – This document provides questions to guide the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies, initiatives, and programs, as well as resource allocation, to address and disrupt racial inequality.

  • Race and Ethnicity, Teaching Tolerance – A comprehensive set of classroom resources (lessons, activities) and professional development tools addressing the topic of race and ethnicity.

  • "Race Talk," Anti-Defamation League – This web resource provides an overview of ways educators can constructively address and deconstruct race and racism within classroom conversations.

  • "Talking About Race and Bias: A Snapshot of Tested Resources to Encourage Classroom Conversations," Usable Knowledge, Harvard Graduate School of Education, July 28, 2016 – This blog post provides a summary of vetted resources for addressing race, racism, and systemic inequality in the classroom, including lesson plans, activities, best practices, videos, and reflection exercises.

  • Teaching About Race, Racism and Police Violence, Teaching Tolerance – This web package includes dozens of resources to help educators address subjects of race, implicit bias, systemic racism, and police violence.

  • Diversity Toolkit: Cultural Competency for Educators, National Education Association (NEA) – This online resource provides a summary of main issues related to diversity and cultural competencies, and offers tools and strategies for educators.

Other Resources

Federal Resources

  • Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC)
  • Race and National Origin Discrimination: Frequently Asked Questions, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) – This resource page includes information about frequently asked questions regarding discrimination and harassment on the basis of race and national origin. This resource also provides information about how schools are expected to respond under Title VI, which prohibits discrimination in educational programs and activities on the basis of race, color, or national origin.

State Resources