Links to help teachers navigate discussions and take care of themselves and their students after the killing of George Floyd.
June 2, 2020
Recent events—the protests, racism, and violence—continue to tap into the systemic injustices woven into our nation's fabric. And with it, also comes the sadness, anger, and fear many educators, students, and communities are feeling. Below are resources to help heal, support educators and students, and guide classroom lessons to help facilitate conversations about race and racial injustice.
- Affirming Black Lives Without Inducing Trauma from Teaching Tolerance
- What Matters from Black Lives Matter
- Let’s Talk! Discussing Whiteness from Teaching Tolerance
- Anti-racism for White People: White People, You Gotta Do Work Now from Awesomely Luvvie
- “Why is this happening?” — an introduction to police brutality from 100 Year Hoodie
- Review Active Bystander Training from the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice from Medium
- How to Support the Struggle Against Police Brutality, the Cut
- Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups by Craig Elliot, PhD
Student Support and Resources for Educators
- The Urgent Need for Anti-Racist Education from Education Week
- Resources for Talking About Race, Racism, Racialized Violence with Kids from the Center for Racial Justice in Education
- Teaching About Race, Racism, and Police Violence from Teaching Tolerance
- Why Teaching Black Lives Matter Matters | Part I from Teaching Tolerance
- Teaching Resources for Black Lives Matter School Week of Action from D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice
- Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Educators Tackle Tough Conversations about Race and Violence - This Time Virtually from Chalkbeat
- The Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners- Award-winning books by African-American authors and illustrators that demonstrate appreciation for African-American culture and universal human values.
- Coalition of Anti-Racist Biology Teachers Facebook group moderated by alumna Natalie Cross
People and Organizations to Follow
- Antiracism Center: Twitter
- Audre Lorde Project: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Black Women’s Blueprint: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Color Of Change: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Colorlines: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- The Conscious Kid: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Equal Justice Initiative (EJI): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Ethel’s Club: Instagram (Hosting free healing and grieving sessions for the black community)
- Families Belong Together: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- MPowerChange: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- NAACP: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- National Domestic Workers Alliance: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- RAICES: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- SisterSong: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- United We Dream: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Rachel Cargle: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- National Urban League: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Self-Care and Mental Health
- Crisis Text Line [Text LEAD to 741741] - Teach For America has partnered with Crisis Text Line® to bring you free, 24/7 support via text with trained Crisis Counselors. Crisis Text Line Counselors provide anonymous, confidential support around challenges you may be facing.
- The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention, and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. 1-800-273-8255
- Self-care in the Face of Racial Injustice from Therapy for Black Girls
- 4 Self-Care Resources for Days When the World Is Terrible from Colorlines
- Self-care for People of Color after Psychological Trauma from Just Jasmine
- Black Lives Matter Meditations for Healing from Racial Trauma from Dr. Candice Nicole
- Self-Care Tips for Black People Who Are Struggling With This Very Painful Week from VICE
- Happy Teacher Revolution Starter Pack: A program created by TFA Baltimore alumna Danna Thomas, designed to help you take easy steps to implement self-care practices inside and outside the classroom. Sign up to get your Happy Teacher Revolution Starter Pack that has the potential to benefit not only your own life, but it also impacts all of those around you.
- Student Mental Health:
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NOTE: This document is created to support our communities and teachers in navigating civil unrest, violence, racism, and trauma. It is maintained by Teach For America's National Teacher Leadership Development team, but as you will see, many of the resources are links to external resources created by external organizations or individuals. The resources linked within have not been fully vetted, and their inclusion is not meant as an endorsement from Teach For America, nor is it meant to replace any guidance you may receive from districts, administrators, or employers.