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Diversity Spotlight

Children, School, and Education Resources

Print Resources
  • Delpit, Lisa. Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom. New Press, 1996.
  • * Howard, Gary. We Can't Teach What We Don't Know: White Teachers, Multiracial Schools. New York: Teachers College Press, 1999.
  • John, Jaiya. Black Baby White Hands: A View from the Crib. Soul Water Rising, 2005.
    The author's memoir of growing up as the adopted black son of white parents. Highly recommended for prospective or current white parents of adopted children of color.
  • Landsman, Julie. A White Teacher Talks About Race. Scarecrow Press, 2001.
  • Lee, Enid, Deborah Menkart and Margo, Okazawa-Rey, eds. Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K-12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education and Staff Development. Washington, D.C.: Network of Educators on the Americas, 1998.

*Good introductory resource.

Video Resources

Frontline (television program). A Class Divided (also known as "Brown Eyes, Blue Eyes"). March 26, 1985.
A valuable case study into how children internalized messages of discrimination. Companion website has teacher guide and other resources, including video streaming of the entire program.
Companion book, A Class Divided, Then and Now (William Peters, New Haven: Yale UP, 1987) provides information and transcripts that do not appear in the video.

Web Resources

Antiracist Parent
A blog centered around parenting. Visitors can post questions or comments for others to respond to.

Higher Education Landscape - Data from the College Board looking at future trends in higher education students, including racial demographics.

Oyate - "A Native organization working to see that our lives and histories are portrayed honestly, and so that all people will know our stories belong to us." Their website has a section deconstructing myths about Thanksgiving, as well as useful sections on recommended books (and books to avoid) for children K-12. They also present workshops.

REACH Center - Specializing in strategic planning and training for cultural diversity, particularly in schools and school districts. The book by its founder, Gary Howard (We Can't Teach What We Don't Know: White Teachers, Multiracial Schools, 1999 - essential reading for white teachers), doesn't just stick with "let's all get along" multiculturalism, but asks its readers to struggle with white privilege, dominance, and identity. The REACH Center website lists resources and curriculum, as well as information about workshop and consultation services.

Rethinking Schools - Curricula and resources for teachers.

Teaching for Change - Curricula and resources for teachers. - The ABCs of Whiteness and Anti-Racism. 2006. Teacher resources for white students from elementary through high school. - A project of the Social Psychology Network to be a companion to textbooks. Full of resources for students, teachers, and anyone else on prejudice - racial and otherwise. On-line assessments, history links, resource lists, exercises, sample syllabus, and more.


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