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video (web)A Class Divided: Jane Elliot's Blue-Eyed ExperimentIn 1968, Jane Elliot performed an experiment on discrimination with a class of third grade students, where she divided students into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups. Based on the qualifications she assigned to each group, students' performance and confidence were deeply affected.
movieA Day Without A Mexicancomedy spoof on what might happen in CA if every Hispani person suddenly disappeared
online blogAbout My Book: Missing Voices in Edtech by Rafranz DavisDavis's blog about her book- an exploration of how minority groups are edged out of technology discussions in schools
webAddressing Bias When It Comes to Anger and Supporting Black Male Students by Val Brownteacher blog post 08/28/2014
article America's Teachers Still Don't Think Black and Latino Kids Are Smart by Britni Danielle research from the Center of American Progress shows educators have lower expectations for students of color
article/pdfAn American Dilemma: Using Action Research to Frame Social Class as an Issue of Social Justice in Teacher Education Courses by Renee J. Martincollected action research assignments to help educate teachers on the relationship between social class and student achievement
article/websiteAn Approach for Teaching Diversity by Jim WinshipSummarizes 12 points collected by University of Wisconsin faculty and literature review on teaching diversity
webAntero Garciablog
Anti-Defamation LeagueAnti-bas education resources and a list of other resources
video (web)Bike TheftA research team has actors of different ethnicities and genders pretend to steal a bike in a public park and notes the very different reactions of passersby.
videoBroadway Baby Recitalvideo of 4-year olds doing a dance routine: Opinions differ on whether the lone black child being cute, creative, or acting out
articleCan White Teachers Be Taught How to Teach Our Children? by Melinda D. Anderson
bookCase Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education by Paul Gorski and Seema Pothini (Routledge, 2014)case studies presenting classroom scenarios where inequity or descrimination has taken place
document/pdfCensus Bureau Report of Educational Attainment in the U.S., 2009couldn't find more recent version
websiteCenter for Multicultural Education, Univ. of Washington, Prof. James Bankshome page, and links to his numerous books on Multicultural education
web basedcivilrightsteaching.orgThis website provides more information about Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching, a teaching resource book that emphasizes the power of people through a diversity of stories, perspectives, essays, photographs, graphics, interviews, and interactive and interdisciplinary lessons. The website also offers many new lessons, news, and resources for teaching about the role of everyday people in the Civil Rights
educational paperComplexities of Teaching and Implications for Equity by Carol D. LeeA provocation paper prepared for the Canada-United States Colloquium on Achieving Equity Through Innovation
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bookCourageous Conversations About Race, Glenn Singleton & Curtis Lintonencourages honest talks about race in order to close the achievement gap
Creating a Climate of Trust

Pfeifer, R. Scott; Polek, Mag

Principal Leadership, v8 n1 p36-40 Sep 2007
bookCritical Race Counterstories along the Chicana/Chicano Educational Pipeline, by Tara Yasso, et alempirical data and theoretical arguments debunk the myths about Chicana/os low educational outcomes
bookCritical Race Theory in Education, Adrienne Dixson & Celia RousseauCRT’s foundations in legal theory, current applications of CRT, and possible new directions for CRT in education
web basedCritiques of Ruby PayneLarry Ferlazzo article and resources, including Paul Gorski's The Myth of the Culture of Poverty and Savage Unrealities and Anita Bohn's Revisiting Ruby Payne in Rethinking Schools.
bookCrossing Over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms by Gloria Ladson-Billingsfollows the experiences of a group of TFD (Teach for Diversity) inner-city teachers and how the program prepares new teachers for culturally relevant classrooms
bookCultivating Social Justice Teachers, by Paul Gorskiteachers share experiences of how to educate students on concepts of social justice and discrimination
web-articleCultural Bag Activity (directions)activity about cultural identity
bookCultural Competence: A Primer for Educators, by Jean MouleA resource exploring the broad concepts of cultural competence and it's role in education, then individual chapters written by culturally appropriate authors about several ethnic/racial groups (including Jewish) and their relationship to education. It is truly a Primer.cenegage.
ManualCultural Proficiency by Randall LindseyManual Leadership Instruction
websiteCulturally Engaged Instruction by Renee Moorewebsite for 10-year classroom research project on teaching Standard English to African American students. Includes artifacts, interviews, and the full research report.
articleCulturally Relevant Leadership: A Deaf Education Cultural Approach by Catherine O'Brien, Marlon Kuntze, and Thangi Appanahframework for how cultural proficiency positively affects a school community
journal articleCulturally Relevant Pedagogy 2.0 aka the Remix by Gloria Ladson-BillingsLadson-Billings reflects on her theory of culturally relevant pedagogy, incorporating First Wave (spoken word program) to question equity and justice in diverse classrooms
journal articleCulturally Responsive Pedagogy and Performance-based Assessment by Carol D. Leehow to construct culturally responsive PBAs and pedagogy that builds on minority students' cultural funds of knowledge
bookCulturally Responsive Teaching:Theory, Research, and Practice, by Geneva GayCombining insights from multicultural education theory and research with real-life classroom stories, Gay asserts that student achievement and performance will improve when teaching is tied to students' cultureal experiences
web/articleDefensive About Diversity Training at Teaching Tolerance
research articleDigital Scarlet Letters: Social Media Stigmatization of the Poor and What Can Be DoneAuthors argue the U.S. should adopt a "right to erasure" option for information placed on social media by poor and less educated young people to keep that from being unfarily used against them later in life.
webEchoes of Brown, Michelle Fine, et alInterviews with youths and elders who witnessed the Civil rights movement infused with spoken word and dance to create a performance about the history of Brown v. Board in education
Educating for Equity and Social Justice, by Paul Gorski
Also has other publications and blogs
NCRTL special reportEducating Teachers for Cultural Diversity in the United States by Ken Zeichneraddresses the major policy issues within US education- in regards to preparing teachers for culturally diverse pedagogy and classrooms
web/dissertation abstract
Effect of Teachers' Cultural Proficiency Training on Sixth Grade Students' Reading Achievement by Diane Wells-Rivers, 2011
blogEmpowering Educators Through Cultural Competence, by Jose VilsonPosted at Edutopia, this article gives specific suggestions to educators on how to develop cultural competence in their classrooms.
webERIC database search results - full text articles on cultural proficiency
bookEveryday Anti-Racism, by Mia Pollockconcrete strategies for dealing with race issues in schools
web/ articleExample of Equity Schools Project (NEA Priority Schools) - Oak Hill Elementary School, North Carolinahow partnerships with schools and their communities (parents, volunteers, local businesses) leads to academic growth in struggling schools
quoteExcellence without equity is not excellence, it is privilege.- Adam Urbanski, Rochester Teachers Association.
book chapterExploring Race, Language and Culture in Critical Literacy Classrooms by Bob Fecho, Bette Davis and Renee Mooretouchstone chapter of Reconceptualizing the Literacies in Adolescents' Lives: Bridging the Everyday/Academic Divide
bookFailing at fairness: How America's schools cheat girls. (1994)Sadker, Myra and Sadker, David NY: Charles Scribner's Sons
videoForty Years Later: Can We TalkDocuments series of interviews and discussions with former black and white students from a Mississippi high school and their varying perspectives of the desegregation experience there. Contact Lee Ann Bell for details on how to obtain video.
presentationsFrom Preescolar to Postsecundariacollection of presentations and handouts from recent EWA event on Latino education
articleFrom the Field: A Proposal for Educating Leaders for Social Justice by Kathryn McKenzie et al
social-justice oriented educational leadership program for principals
bookFunds of Knowledge: Theorizing Knowledge in Households, Communities, and Classrooms by Norma Gonzalez, et alThis volume is particularly useful for teachers who are re-thinking ways to design and create curriculum that reflects the experiences and knowledge of their multilingual and multicultural students.
bookGhetto Schooling: A Political Economy of Urban Education Reform, by Jean AnyonAnyon concludes that it is racial, class, and ethnic discrimination at governmental levels that has led to the neglect of inner cities and, by association, their schools. The problems Anyon discusses and the solutions she proposes are not limited to the Newark city schools; they could be implemented in other urban school districts across the country.
audioGloria-Ladson Billing's talking seriesfull speech from Ladson-Billing's presentation
videoGloria-Ladson Billing's talking seriesclip from Ladson-Billing's presentation on the so-called Accountability Gap
videoGloria-Ladson Billing's talking seriesclip on how our use of language in education reveals attitudes towards parents and students of color (why the term and concept culture of poverty is actually a pedagogy of poverty)
websiteGLSEN (LGBTQ student-related issues)educator guides and inclusion curriculum
Harvard Online Implicit Bias TestsLesson Plan using online implicit bias tests - by Emily Vickery
website/activityHarvard, Project Implicit Social Attitudes (this is the test referenced in the article "Test Yourself for Hidden Bias"
bookHope in the Unseen by Ron SuskindSuskind, a Wall Street Journal reporter, follows the African-American youth through his last two years of high school and freshman year at Brown University. Inspirational sermons at a Pentecostal church, guidance from his mother, a love of black music and singing, and a refuge in the logic of math combine with the young man's determination and faith in the future to keep him focused on his goal of a topflight college education. Despite many low moments and setbacks, Jennings's story is one of triumph within both cultures, black and white, which together and separately put tremendous obstacles in his path out of the inner city.
articleHow Do We Close the Coding Opportunity Gap?Children of color have far fewer opportunities to learn the new literacy of coding. Article in Middleweb by Emily Vickery
videosIf.....Said The Things White People Say"series of videos
bookKozol, Jonaathan. (2007). Letters to a young teacher. NY: Crown.
ArticleLadson-Billings, G. & Tate, G. (1995). Toward a critical race theory in education. Teachers College Record, 97(1), 47-68.Drawing from the legal scholarship on critical race theory, this article clearly how CRT can be used to understand the ways in which inequities around race are perpetuated in schools.
article/PDFLeadership for Social Justice and Equity: Evaluating a Transformative Framework and Andragogy by Kathleen Brownstudy using quantitative and qualtitative research methods to explore alternative teacher prep programs focused on social justice and equity
web / blogLet's Face It: You Need New Friends by Valeria BrownReflection by a teacher leader on why it's important for teachers who hope to be culturally proficient to have in inclusive personal circle
PDF report/webListening to Latinas: Barriers to High School Graduation
websiteLooking At Student WorkProtocols; critical friends group
bookMaking choices for multicultural education: Five approaches to race, class, and gender. 2nd ed. NY: Macmillan Sleeter, Christine E. and Grant, Carl A. (2007).
paperMendoza Reis, N. & Alston, D. (2010) Culture, abilities, resilience, and effort: An evaluation of the National Education Association’s professional development training. Paper accepted for presentation at the 2010 American Educational Research Association annual convention.
article/websiteMichael Brown vs. Board of EducationArticle from St. Louis about education summit held in wake of the events of Ferguson, MO
bookMiddlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey EugenidesStory of Cal Stephanides, a hemaphrodite born female who chooses to identify as a male in his adulthood
bookMulticultural Education by James BanksCompiled articles aimed at helping educators to become more effective practitioners in culturally, racially and language diverse classrooms. Chapters include statistical data, theoretical, conceptual, and research developments in the field, and focuses on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues. Educators will gain insight that they’ll be able to apply in the classroom.
BookMultiplication is for White People by Delpit, L.Lisa Delpit reflects on the last fifteen years of reform efforts—including No Child Left Behind, standardized testing, alternative teacher certification paths, and the charter school movement—that have left a generation of poor children of color feeling that higher educational achievement is not for them.
website/PDFNational Board of Professional Teaching Standards, Certificate Area Standardseach of the standards documents for the 25 different certification areas addresses how highly accomplished teachers in those fields should address diversity, equity, cultural competency in their work.
websiteNational Opportunity to Learn Campaign
print and webNEA C.A.R.E.[Culture, Abilities, Resilience, and Effort (C.A.R.E.)] GuideC.A.R.E.: Strategies for Closing the Achievement Gaps offers strategies for improving the learning experiences of diverse students, especially those who are struggling to achieve at high levels. It focuses on four factors that affect student achievement: Culture, Abilities, Resilience, and Effort (C.A.R.E.).
web basedNEA Bully-free website resources and educational materials on how to identify and prevent bullying
videoNEA Video Clips of Teacher Leaders Explaining How They Addressed a Social Justice Issue [HCR Awardees]videos on addresssing issues of social justice
websiteNot in our Town, Not in our School
Movement against bullying in schools- resource for lesson plans, films, activities to establish inclusive and safe school practices
bookOpen minds to equality Nancy Schniedewind & Ellen Davidson
Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire, Chapter Two
This chapter clearly explains the differences between oppressive transmission teaching and liberating problem posing pedagogy.
bookPedagogy of the Poor (Teaching for Social Justice), by Willie Baptist and Jan Rehmannan approach to teaching that links antipoverty activism with social theories of poverty
websitePenn Summit Professional Development SeriesPD workshops on preparing racially proficient teachers
videoPrecious Knowledgedocumentary on ethnic studies program in Tucson, AZ
bookPromoting Racial Literacy in Schools by Howard StevensonA reflection on how racial stress undermines student achievement and how teachers can create workable strategies to improve racial literacy skills while defusing stressful racially driven encounters
articleRacial Microagressions in Everyday Life. by Dr. Derald Wing Sue
bookRacism Without Racists: Colorblind racism and the persistence of racial inequality in America. Eduardo Bonilla Silva
bookRaise Them Up: The Real Deal on Reaching Unreachable Kids, by Kareem MoodyEssays inspired by real-world experiences of at-risk youth and how to show them their unique strengths and opportunities as educators
bookRaising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son by Lori DuronHonest account of Duron's adventures raising C.J., her non gender-conforming, pink-loving, effeminate son and how to love him for the unique boy that he is
bookRaising Race Questions: Whiteness and Inquiry in Education by Michael Aliexplores the opportunities and challenges that arise when White teachers are willing to deal directly with race and the role it plays in their classrooms
bookReading, Writing, and Rising Up: Teaching About Social Justice and the Power of the Written Word, by Linda Christensenessays,lesson plans, and a remarkable collection of student writing, all rooted in an unwavering focus on language arts teaching for justice
bookReign of Error, Diane Ravitchplan of action to fix what is wrong with public education and put faith back into schools
videoRemembering Officer Celena Hollis by Speaking UpA moving example of student voice with a unique perspective on social justice, Amyre Hollis talks about her mother, a Denver police officer slain in the line of duty.
web/articleResearch Brief: Cultural Proficiency by Karen Walker
bookResponse to LBGT by Randall Lindseyguide for creative inclusive, equitable classrooms for the LGBTQ community
web basedrethinkingschools.orgThis is an activist online publication for teachers, students, and parents. It is firmly committed to equity and to the vision that public education is central to the creating of a humane, multiracial democracy. This is an excellent resource for ideas about social justice teaching and activism and also a great venue for publication.
article Savage Exaggerations: Worshipping the Cosmology of Jonathon Kozol-- by Marcus Winters
Presents counterargument to Jonathon Kozol's views on educational inequality
bookSavage Inequalities by Jonathon Kozol
See Marcus Winters's article "Savage Exaggerations" as a counterpoint
websitesaveourschoolsmarch.orgThis is a teacher/parent activist group with chapters in many US states. It organizes marches to protest educational policy and legislation.
quoteSchools [themselves] have poisoned the relationship with parents of color. --Melinda D. Anderson, writer/blogger/parent
websiteSchott Foundationfocuses on equity issues in education
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