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Anti-Racism and Social Justice Resources for Parents, Children, and Educators

At Berkwood Hedge School, we talk about the values for which we stand. We stand for compassion. We stand for kindness. We stand for empathy. And, we stand for justice. Sometimes, people question whether social justice is an appropriate part of the curriculum in elementary school. We believe that it is not only appropriate, but an ethical imperative and critical to our future to have these difficult conversations.


Every day our teachers provide space for the children to talk about what is happening in our country in a way that honors their development and meets them where they are. We encourage you to continue these conversations at home, even if it seems daunting. Growth in social justice, like any other subject area, requires study, reflection, practice, and application. Below are some resources to help facilitate discussions with your children.

 
Ideas for Learning and Action
 
 
Resources for Educators
Vanessa Siddle Walker
Segregation-era black educators set the groundwork for an equitable and aspirational education system for all. How can we get back to their vision?
 
Dena Simmons
Educators have an obligation to confront the harm of racism, says one social-emotional learning expert. She shares five steps educators can take to teach for an antiracist future.
 
Baruti Kafele
Baruti Kafele provides attendees with strategies for maintaining leadership effectiveness during what will likely be the greatest challenge that they will ever encounter in their leadership careers.
Anthony Rebora
Educators need to ensure that students of color see themselves as part of the picture, says the renowned psychologist and author.
 
Paul Gorski
Students experiencing racism can't wait for schools to move at their own pace and comfort level.
 
Matthew R. Kay
A founding father's short-sided views on race challenges educators to consider how black people are reflected in curricula.
 
Dena Simmons
Students live in a world wrestling with injustice. By designing social-emotional learning experiences that question and confront inequity, educators give students the skills to navigate (and ultimately change) an unjust world.
 
Organizations With Resources for Educators and Parents
 
 
Reading Lists
 
 
 
Social Emotional Resources
 
Suggestions for calming/grounding activities for kids, some are for younger school aged children but most can be adapted for all ages: 
 
Child Mind Institute: a great resource for families providing guidelines about conversations with a lot of room to adjust to fit individual families: 
 
Great Good Science: Resources for how to support families during this time: 
 
Common Sense Media: A list of resources including a family media agreement.
 
Article by Teresa LaMendola Kabat-Zinn, Asa/EARTH