SABES is creating a coordinated resource bank for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) materials across all of our PD centers, pulling together the resources already on this website and adding new ones. We highlight some specific resources to delve into right now.
Try it tomorrow: Reflect on Amanda Gorman's poem, "The Hill We Climb"
Facing History & Ourselves brings you a 20-minute plan and a plan for a longer class, both with notes for remote instruction. Use these activities to help students reflect on the poem's themes and "consider how their own unique experiences and voices can help America 'forge a union with purpose.'"
Try one of Facing History's other teaching ideas such as Preparing for a Conversation about Policing and Racial Injustice or The Legacies of Chinese Exclusion.
Build into a lesson: Race: The Power of an Illusion
This three-part documentary from California Newsreel discusses "the origins, beliefs, and consequences of what we call race." Consider incorporating these film clips into a Social Studies/Science lesson or unit. Lesson plans and learning resources for Race: The Power of an Illusion have been created by California Newsreel, PBS, and Facing History and Ourselves.
Choose new anchor texts:
Short texts, multiple types: This collection of short texts from Learning for Justice "offers a diverse mix of stories and perspectives." Choose from multiple text types including "informational and literary nonfiction texts, literature, photographs, political cartoons, interviews, infographics, and more." You can also filter by grade level, subject and topic.
Books: These teaching and learning guides for eight books, some of which would fit into adult education classes, are from Disrupt Texts, which uses Learning for Justice's Social Justice Standards as "guides for how to embed this work into the curriculum and classroom community."
Audio texts: Choose an audio text from Civil Rights Movements in the United States: Oral History Resources, collected by Primary Source.
The Complexion of Teaching and Learning podcast from UnboundEd explores "the historical, political, and professional insights and experiences of educators of color." The series is hosted by Brandon White, "an ELA Specialist for UnboundEd and former middle school ELA teacher and Restorative Practices educator for the Rochester City School District." Episode 1, From Roots to Reconstruction, "highlights the connections between Brandon’s experiences as an educator of color and the experience of black Educators before, during, and right after slavery."
What Teachers Need to Know is a podcast series from Primary Source that "offers vital insight for understanding world cultures and current events so that you can facilitate deeper learning about the world with your students. Meet subject-matter experts and explore online resources that can help make a complex and dynamic world accessible...." There are currently thirteen episodes on the Middle East and four episodes on Africa:
- What We Talk About When We Talk About Africa
- Interconnected Africa: Movements Across the Indian and Atlantic Ocean Worlds
- Soundscapes of Protest: Music in Social Movements Across Africa
- Ending the Scramble: Decolonization Across Africa
Read & Reflect: "What it Means to Be an Anti-racist Teacher"
In this interview published in Learning for Justice's magazine, (Issue 66, Spring 2021), #DisruptTexts co-founder Lorena Germán answers questions such as:
- “Interrupting white supremacy,” “decolonizing education,” “developing abolitionist education”—people use these phrases but aren’t always sure what they mean. How would you define these terms as they relate to your practice?
- What do you see that needs changing? How do you see white supremacy showing up in curriculum and instruction today?
- Why is it necessary to talk about these things? Folks will say, “Why are we talking about this when we have actual work to do?”
- Can you explain why this work should not solely be the concern of humanities teachers?
- Describe a classroom that’s decolonized, that’s culturally sustaining.
- SABES newsletter, Spring 2021: Perspectives on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (each article contains ideas and resources)
- Upcoming PD from the SABES ELA C&I PD Center
- DEI and ADA PD and resources from the SABES Program Support PD Center
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