social justice (noun) – justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society
Below are resources to support educators and families while discussing and teaching issues of social justice.
These are not exhaustive lists. All material should be used in conjunction with conversations and instruction to provide the most complete context. As with all educational materials, you should preview these resources for age appropriateness prior to using them.
focus: lgbtq+ and gender identity
PBS LearningMedia select resources
- The LGBTQ Movement and The Stonewall Riots
- Growing Up LGBT in America
- How to be an Advocate and an Ally
Teaching Tolerance – Gender & Sexual Identity
Resources from Teaching Tolerance to help educators shape inclusive policies and empower vulnerable students.
PBS LearningMedia – Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity: A Toolkit for Educators
The Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity: A Toolkit for Educators Collection offers a series of digital media resources to help administrators, guidance counselors, and educators understand and effectively address the complex and difficult issues faced by LGBTQ students.
The collection features short segments of video content from WNET’s groundbreaking LGBTQ series First Person, a digital series that delivers candid personal narratives illustrating larger conversations about gender, sexuality, social norms, and identity development. The video content is scaffolded by a suite of materials (informational text, conversation guides, discussion questions, and teaching tips) to facilitate their use in professional development settings.
focus: racial equity
- Confronting Bias
- Who, Me? Biased?: Understanding Implicit Bias
- Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle: Objectivity and Bias in Journalism
- The Lowdown: How Good Are You at Detecting Bias?
- And Then They Came For Us: Confronting Bias and Hate
- Understanding Implicit Bias – National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
- Civil Rights: Then & Now
- The Supreme Court: Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
- American Experience: Civil Rights
- Civil Rights
- The Lowdown: Unfinished Business from the March on Washington and the Civil Rights Movement
- The Civil Rights Landscape Today for People of Color
- The Economic Impact of Racial Discrimination
riots of the past
general resources to use with young children
- How to Teach Young Children about Cultural Awareness & Diversity
- Learning to Appreciate Diversity Through Play
- Celebrate Family Diversity
- Talking to Kids: Families Come in All Shapes and Sizes
- Play Pretend: How to Include Others
- How to Teach Your Child to Be An “Includer”
- 7 Ways for Kids to Learn Empathy Through Acting
- Creating an Emotionally Supportive Home Environment
PBS LearningMedia (resources to share with young children)
- Collection: World Cultures Collection
- Video: Same/Different with Abby & Elmo
- Lesson: Arthur’s World Neighborhood
- Media Gallery: Alike & Different | Daniel Tiger’s Life’s Little Lessons
- Song: Count Me In | Sesame Street
- Song: What I Am | Sesame Street
- Song: You Are Special | Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
- Arthur All About Community
PBS LearningMedia (professional learning tools for educators)
in the news – via the communicator
- ASCD | John Coburn “We need to continue to build informal and formal networks of support for teachers of color, to cultivate a sense of belonging in the programs that […]
- Why I Wrote ‘Thinking Like a Lawyer’: Because Teaching Critical Thinking to All Students Paves a Path to Racial JusticeThe 74 Million | Colin Seale This was not about teaching a generation of students to be attorneys. It was about revolutionizing education by obsessing over the practical.… continue reading […]
- WCPO | School board members met virtually Thursday afternoon voting 4-1 on retiring the long-debated Redskins name amid growing pressure to remove racially-insensitive imagery across the country.… continue reading Source
- Spark Online – Lakota East High School | Among the thousands of protestors in Cincinnati on June 7 was East junior Camille Heard. She attended the protest with her sister, […]
- Wilmington Journal News | The Wilmington City Schools (WCS) Board of Education members this week publicly renewed commitments to students in a statement that used the vocabulary of diversity and […]
- This episode featured Hamilton County ESC’s Katrice Quitter speaking with Superintendent Tom Burton about Princeton’s Equity Team.
- WKRC | The Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition (GCNAC) board of directors sent a statement to the school district Sunday supporting the removal of the nickname.… continue reading Source
- The 74 Million | Experts have pointed out that the national dearth of culturally responsive education is one of the reasons this country still hasn’t confronted its history of race-based […]
- Forbes | Allison Salisbury People of color are being hit disproportionately by the COVID-19 pandemic when it comes to their jobs and their education plans. About a quarter of Latinx […]