Dear RISE Partners,
Like you, we are angered, saddened, and outraged by the murder of George Floyd. His tragic death is made more painful by the innumerable examples of racism and hate eroding our society. At RISE, we condemn racism, discrimination, and prejudice, and we stand with everyone channeling their anger toward positive actions for justice and equality.
As RISE Network partners, we are defined by our shared and unwavering sense of optimism and possibility. Even when confronted with seemingly intractable barriers and challenges, we choose to see hope. Your drive, determination, and resiliency have been on full display these past few months in navigating school closures and distance learning. RISE educators, students, and families consistently choose opportunity over despair, solutions over constraints, and creativity over the status quo.
While we strive to remain positive, it can be incredibly difficult at times like this. Black lives matter, and continued racial injustices and senseless acts of violence must stop. In moments like this, we must choose hope over frustration, action over inaction, and solidarity over division.
By working so hard every day to ensure all of our students – who are predominantly Black, Latinx, and low-income – receive an excellent education, we are positioning the next generation of leaders to transform this moment into a movement creating a more just society. RISE educators are proving all students – regardless of race/ethnicity, family income, or neighborhood – thrive when provided with opportunities and support. In doing this, you and your students are creating a powerful narrative. When so many societal pressures and inequities work to limit our students’ opportunities, your work helps all students realize their full potential.
Together, you are creating a movement in your schools and in our state, just as we hope the outrage over George Floyd’s tragic death and the resulting peaceful protests create real and lasting change for our country.
With hope and optimism,
This page provides resources compiled by Rickeena Holloway, a RISE Network Facilitator, including tools for educators looking to engage students in conversations about race and racial injustices. These are complex, difficult and necessary conversations, and we encourage you to explore the books, articles, lesson plans, videos and podcasts below. Please share additional resources with firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will add links to this page.
- White Fragility by Robin Diagnelo
- How to be and Antiracist and Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram Kendri
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and The Complexity of Identity: “Who Am I?”by Beverly Daniel Tatum
- For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood by Chris Emdin
- Race, Equity, and the Future of Public Education by Pedro Noguera
- So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Counting Decent by Clint Smith
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin Banaji
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
- Locking Up Our Own by James Forman Jr.
- The Shame of the Nation and Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol
Lessons, Activities, and Discussion Protocols
- National Museum of African American History and Culture: Talking About Race
- PBS NewsHour lesson plan to guide a class discussion on the murder of George Floyd
- New York Times Learning Network discussion questions on police brutality/racism
- Pulitzer Center and New York Times collaboration: The 1619 Project, a collection of literary works observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of slavery
- Teaching Tolerance guidance on teaching race, racism, and police violence
- Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race resource roundup
- National Association of School Psychologists: Talking about Race and Privilege
- Ed Week: 15 Classroom Resources for Discussing Racism, Policing, and Protest
- American School Counselor Association: Race and Equity Resources
- Harvard Education: Implicit Bias Test
- USC School of Social Work: Diversity Toolkit: A guide to discussing identify, power, and privilege
- Center to Advance Racial Equity: Culturally Responsive Organizations Protocol
- Berkeley: Identify Walk Activity
- Stockton University: Interactive Diversity Booklet
- Bonner Curriculum: Identity Circles
- School Reform Initiative: Courageous Conversations Protocol
- IEL: Courageous Conversations Compass
- University of Iowa School of Social Work: Continuing Courageous Conversations Toolkit
Videos and Podcasts
- TED Talk Videos about Race
- 12 Podcasts Exploring Race and Racism in America
- Intersectionality Matters with Kimberlé Crenshaw
- 1619 from The New York Times
- Code Switch by NPR
- Fare of the Free Child by Raising Free People.org
- Pod For The Cause from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights
- Pod Save The People with DeRay Mckesson
- Seeing White from Scene On Radio
- What Teachers Should Learn from the Murder of George Floyd from Education Week
- This is a Revolution’: Student Activists Take their Place from the 74
- How the Education World is Responding to George Floyd’s Killing from Chalkbeat
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack from Peggy McIntosh
- What have districts learned when embracing culturally responsive curricula? From Education Dive
- Race and Hiring: Is Bias Holding You Back from Building a Powerful Organization? From Education Pioneers