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Tools and Resources for Teaching about Race, History, and Other Issues Related to Charlottesville

August 17, 2017

By Teach Plus Teachers

Resources to Use in The Classroom 

https://www.tolerance.org/topics/race-ethnicity
Teaching Tolerance has a plethora of resources to help teachers “discover and develop world-class materials with a community of educators committed to diversity, equity and justice.” Their website covers many current issues, and their section on race and ethnicity specifically address many of the issues surrounding the events in Charlottesville. 

https://www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/teaching-about-racism-violence-inequity-and-the-criminal
The Anti-Defamation League has compiled lesson plans and teacher resources around current issues focused on teaching about racism and inequity. 

https://www.facinghistory.org/
Facing History has developed a complete curriculum around the development of the Holocaust. Their goal is to help “students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.” The curriculum includes resources on how to have difficult conversations with students and other guides that would be helpful for all teachers. 

https://medium.com/@UVAGSC/the-charlottesville-syllabus-9e01573419d0 
The Charlottesville Syllabus is a collection of primary and secondary sources about US history leading to the events in Charlottesville, and the events themselves. 

http://www.teachingforchange.org/ 
Teaching for Change is committed to building social justice in schools. Their collection of resources ranges from articles to book recommendations, and from lesson plans to parent engagement. 


Resources for Teacher Professional Development 

http://www.alternet.org/teachers-respond-charlottesville
This article outlines seven practical steps teachers in any content area can take to ensure that they are responding to hatred appropriately and to cultivate a positive classroom culture. 

http://citizenshipandsocialjustice.com/2015/07/10/curriculum-for-white-americans-to-educate-themselves-on-race-and-racism/
This collection of resources is specifically designed to help white Americans learn about the history of race and racism. 

https://www.acast.com/angelawatsonstruthforteachers/s5ep07-ten-things-every-white-teacher-should-know-when-talking-about-race 
This podcast intends to help white teachers prepare for classroom conversations about race. 

https://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/articles/se_810117062.pdf
A practical guide to teaching about race and racism in the classroom. 

https://nationalseedproject.org/white-privilege-unpacking-the-invisible-knapsack
A collection of different lessons and classes for educational personnel to help students cope with traumatic events. Topics include “When Hate is in the Headlines,” “A National Tragedy: Helping Students Cope,” and “Cultural Sensitivity” to name a few.