For Partner Schools

Summer enrichment for K-12 students

Implementing anti-racist pedagogies in classrooms

The UNC Charlotte Writing Project encourages teachers and other educators to join us in building a collection of resources to encourage teaching and learning of anti-racism. Please send suggestions to unccwritingproject@uncc.edu or post a message on our Facebook page.

For elementary classrooms:

For students in middle grades:

  • All American Boys (2015) is a young adult novel by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. It is a story of two teens, one Black and one White, and their response to police brutality.  
  • Free Lunch (2019) by Rex Ogle is the story of a multiracial boy entering 6th grade. Through his struggles with poverty, physical and verbal abuse, this novel can help young readers develop empathy for others.

For secondary and higher education classrooms:

For teachers:

  • Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, offers a wealth of free lesson plans for students of all ages, texts for students, and teaching strategies intended to create diverse, inclusive school communities.
  • This short article by Kerry-Ann Escayg, Exploring Anti-racism in Early Childhood Education: Teacher Identity and Classroom Practices, is intended for early-childhood educators but can be useful for anyone working with students in grades K-12. The author provides probing questions White educators can ask themselves and ways to initiate anti-racist conversations. 
  • Also for teachers for younger students, Moving Beyond Anti-Bias Activities: Supporting the Development of Anti-Bias Practices by Kuh, LeeKeenan, and Beneke includes a practical  framework for anti-bias teaching. The authors use classroom vignettes to share their thoughts about entry points, feelings, and how to respond to difficult questions.
  • High school principal Pirette McKamey's essay, What Anti-racist Teachers Do Differently, poses that teachers must be willing to be uncomfortable and examine their practices in the classroom. Thus brief article was published in The Atlantic June 17, 2020.
  • Being an Anti-Racist Educator is a Verb is a post from the NCTE blog that includes ideas for student projects and recommended videos.
  • Also from NCTE, this Build Your Stack blog post includes recommended antiracist reading for students of all levels.
  • After the 2016 election, teacher-educator Ali Michael published a blog post titled What Do We Tell the Children?. Her answers remain relevant as the nation prepares for the 2020 election.
  • How Racism Causes Mental Health Problems is a resource from Sunshine Behavioral Health which outlines why Black Americans are at a particular risk for mental illness.
  • From the Summit Wellness Group, Top 61 BIPOC Addiction & Mental Health Resources provides insight into why the mental health inside Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities is disaproportionately affected compared to White counterparts.
  • From Detox Local, this link provides a list of mental health and substance use resources for the American Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.

For members of school communities:

  • Tim Wise's 2013 documentary White Like Me examines structural priviliges of White Americans in areas that include housing, education, corrections, and media coverage. 
  • In her 1990 essay, "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" activist Peggy McIntosh identifies the effects of White privilege on her life.  For instance, McIntosh is certain her heritage is represented in her children's school curriculum, and is free from having to speak for all the people in her racial group. 
  • Ari Shapiro's interview with Robin DiAngelo, "Interrupt the Systems" aired on NPR on June 18, 2020. DiAngelo shares tips and takeaways to combat racism.
  • Season three of the Serial podcast centers on ordinary cases to examine "the machinery of the criminal justice system".
  • People of Color can and do get melanoma. For more information about the risk of developing skin cancer, visit Skin Cancer Awareness & Prevention for People of Color.

Resources for virtual learning

As teachers, learners, and parents maintain insruction in various physical spaces, the UNC Charlotte Writing Project would like to gather resources and ideas. Please report any missing links or ideas to unccwritingproject@uncc.edu.
 

 

 

 

 

 

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