Professional Development

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Resources for Learning and Teaching About Race and Anti-Racism

Many afterschool professionals and leaders are looking for resources to build their knowledge about racism and to learn more about how to effectively address racism and integrate anti-racist practices into their work.

Below is a list of recommendations from Dr. Jamie Freeny and the Center for School Behavioral Health at MHA of Greater Houston—an excellent starting point for doing this work.

Start with learning more about yourself by taking Harvard University's implicit bias test. Additionally, Teaching Tolerance's Teaching About Race, Racism, and Police Violence discusses specific instances of racial inequity at the hands of the police and provides talking points for educators. It also includes free professional development opportunities around race and how it affects youth.

Vanderbilt University's Teaching Race Pedagogy and Practice is full of definitions of commonly used terminology in relation to race and race relations, as well as step-by-step guides for how to integrate lessons about race and race relations into lesson plans.

SEL Skills Needed to Discuss Race in the Classroom, shared by Berkley's Greater Good Magazine, highlights implicit bias, self-management, and social awareness as skills needed in order to meaningfully engage with race in the classroom. The article author, Dr. Eva, includes integrating these concepts into lesson plans and provides resources for learning more.

You're not alone when it comes to not knowing how to effectively talk to young people about subjects like racism. In this The Hechinger Report article, experts answer kid's tough questions about race and racism. Similarly, this video from NYU Langone Health child and adolescent psychologist, Dr. Yamalis Diaz, shares how talking about racism can impact young people's relationships and provides parents with guidelines for these discussions.

For even more conversation, this PBS KIDS for Parents video features parents, educators, and child development and trauma experts talking about how to talk with young children about racial injustice and violence against Black people.

Courtesy of NAA.