Collectively, all over the country and world, we are seeing the effects of what happens when we come together in the name of justice. The death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop and so many others has sparked an unprecedented outcry for anti-racist structural change and a complete end to police violence against Black people.
As an organization that promotes the educational tools to create an equitable classroom that uplifts the imaginations of all our students, we understand that we must first dedicate our practices to cross cultural education and anti-racist community building.
Below are articles from the archives of Teachers & Writers Magazine that can be starting points for conversations, both in and out of the classroom, about the Black experience and what we — as individuals and as a nation — can do to make things better.
- A Home in the Classroom: 2018 Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning on Community, Love and Building a Refuge in Her Classroom
- Interview with Nikky Finney: Say Hard Things Tender
- Interview with Renee Watson and Ibi Zoboi: The Platform the Book Can Provide
- Rigorous Play and Necessary Joy: An Interview with Poet and Teacher Ross Gay
- The Talk: Dr. Joshua Bennett on Obsessions, Music, and Blackness Across Time
- The Talk: Roya Marsh on Student Voice, Black Queer Joy, and Getting Out of the Way
- You Must Always Ask Yourself: Whose Story Am I Missing – Interview with Yaa Gyasi
- Who Am I? Exploring Stereotypes and Identity Through Poetry
- Dear America
- Exploring Candidates and Campaigning
- Using Claudia Rankine’s Citizen to Prompt Writing About Prejudice
- I Find it Hard to Say: Creating Space for Young People to Feel and Reflect
- Reading While Black: Or, For Colored Children who Considered Literary Suicide When the Rainbow Wasn’t Enough
- Teaching about Racism: Toward a Shared History and Common Language
- Trouble the Waters: Caribbean and Diasporic Writers Resource
- Valves, Salves, and Blueprints: Poetry and Artivism
Additional resources for educators
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise our Voices Edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson
Teaching for Black Lives Edited By Dyan Watson, Jesse Hagopian, Wayne Au
Teaching for Joy and Justice: Re-imagining the Language Arts Classroom by Linda Christensen
Teaching for Justice: Implementing Social Justice in the LIS Classroom Edited by Nicole A. Cooke and Miriam E. Sweeney
Books & Booklists for Youth
Brown Bookshelf: 28 Days Later – Spotlight of children’s and YA books by African American authors
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.
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