We are all at different places in our continuum understanding of institutional racism. Take a look at the resources below and find the one that best fits your needs.
Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on First: How Tapping Into SEL Can Help You to Help Others
We need to take care of ourselves if we are going to be able to support students, staff, and families. This article was written in April to address stress around COVID-19, but the themes are just as important to address these issues.
Cycle of Socialization
How we see the world today is based on a lifelong process of learning. For example, some of us grew up being taught to see the police as our protectors, while others were socialized to fear the police. Take this 30 minute online module to help you understand your own socialization and the socialization your students and families have received.
Books and Articles to Understand Institutional Racism
There are many wonderful books, articles, and videos to help deepen your understanding of institutional racism. Please pick one and use these questions as you read:
- What connections do you draw between what you read or watched and your own teaching experiences?
- What ideas, positions, or assumptions do you want to challenge or argue?
- What key concepts or ideas are worth holding on to?
- What changes in attitude, thinking, or action will you make based on the concepts in the video? Identify at least one change.
- What is Systemic Racism and Institutional Racism? (article)
- How to be an Anti-Racist, by Ibram X. Kendi (book)
- What Does It Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy, by Robin DiAngelo (book)
- Understanding the Different Levels of Racism (video)
My Silence is Over
By Timaya Pulliam, Grade 10, Sherwood High School
"I have been really quiet about everything that has gone on lately...I, myself must do better in speaking out about the injustices in our society and I encourage you to do the same.
Lead with an Anti-Racist Mindset
We cannot continue to do things the same way. Even before COVID-19, achievement in MCPS was predictable by race and discipline data mirrored the criminal justice system.
There is much we need to do. Below is a plan for dialogue with your staff, an article to consider, and two important resources to ensure we are not adding technical fixes to adaptive challenges.
Engage Your Staff in Dialogue
It is important to ensure your team has a chance to connect. We have provided a sample dialogue plan with directions and tips for leading a dialogue through Zoom.
Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay—Chances Are They’re Not
The author writes, "Over the last few months, Black people have not only watched their friends and family members die at higher rates from the coronavirus, they have also watched people who look like them be gunned down while going for a jog, be murdered in their homes, threatened while bird watching in Central Park, and mercilessly choked on camera....your Black colleagues may seem okay right now, but chances are they’re not."
Organize and Lead Effective and Culturally Responsive Meetings
A 10 minute online module that ends with specific tools and resources for leading effective meetings.
Culturally Responsive Family Engagement
Our current engagement strategies do not work for too many of our families. We have resources that help you plan and implement using a culturally responsive and equity lens.
Engage Your Students
My Black Boys Told Me to Tell You...
By Daryl C. Howard, Ph.D., Equity Specialist, MCPS Equity Initiatives Unit
This weekend I had the opportunity to zoom with my mentoring group of all black boys. Although we were supposed to discuss a book we’ve been reading, I knew it was going to be a conversation about the recent events around race relations in our country. The boys needed the space. And, quite frankly, so did I.
I’m a man. I’ve seen this before. I have calluses that shield some of the pain of these fresh wounds. But, if I am at a loss for words, how must these black boys feel and be processing the confusion in their soul? We talked and a space was created for them to just be boys who are trying to understand. Read Daryl's Essay
How to Create a Safe Environment to Talk about Race and Current Events During Distance Learning.
This guide helps teachers begin conversations with their students about George Floyd’s death and the events that surround it. Such conversations are always difficult for teachers to facilitate, and distance learning presents added challenges to teaching sensitive material. Despite these challenges, it’s critical to make space for students to process the difficult and deeply painful events of the past week.
Plan A Community Dialogue for Students and Staff on Zoom
Many schools have reached out to use for suggestions on community dialogues. Here is a sample dialogue plan with directions and tips for leading a dialogue through Zoom. Please adapt and share with us what you end up doing.
Dr. Joan's Gems
Dr. Joan's Gems is a recurring article in which Equity Initiatives Instructional Specialist, Dr. Joan Mory, provides specific resources. This month, Joan provides a very personal reflection instead.
Resources for Families to Talk With Their Children About Racism
Too few parents talk to their kids about race and identity, report finds
A recent report by the Sesame Workshop says that "Too few parents and teachers are talking about race, gender and other identity traits with children often enough, which means they are missing out on critical opportunities to teach children to become tolerant of differences from an early age."
Resources to Enter the Conversation on Race and Culture With Your Children
Knowing that we SHOULD speak with our kids about racism is different from knowing HOW to start that conversation. We have a list of ideas and resources for parents and children of all backgrounds and ages.
31 Children's Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance
For young children, reading books is a great way to talk with them about race. Look through the list and find some books that your child would like. Please make sure to read reviews of the books first. This list has not yet been officially reviewed by MCPS.
Cover Photo -- https://spark.adobe.com/page/3p4pM1Tq9aj5u/ George Floyd's Life Mattered -- https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/29/george-floyd-death-benjamin-crump-jasmine-rand Say His Name -- https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/29/george-floyd-death-benjamin-crump-jasmine-rand Can't Breathe -- https://wearyourvoicemag.com/eric-garner-fatphobia/ When Ignorance Reigns -- https://www.businessinsider.com/nypd-officer-shoves-woman-george-floyd-protests-video-2020-5