Ongoing Resource List

Ongoing Resources

These are a list of resources I have engaged with and collected over the years. I hope you find ways to continue your education as well! I will be updating this list as I continue to learn and grow.

Please note I started the list in 2015, and tried to retroactively add things.  I have not remembered everything, as you can imagine.  Some of my earlier research can be accessed by topic via workshop websites.

Thank you, and have a great day!

Professional Development:
Please note that opportunities I have direct experience with, as a participant, as a facilitator/presenter, or as a founding thought partner, are listed first.
* Asian Educators Alliance (AsEA) Annual Conference
* Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education Early Educators Workshop
* Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education Othering and Belonging
* The Equity Exchange at John Burroughs School
* Gender Spectrum Conference - Professionals Day
* Master Class in Inclusive Leadership at The Children's School
* MCRC@ADVIS Cultural Competency Institute by Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
* Multicultural Teaching Institute at Meadowbrook School
* National Association of Independent Schools Diversity Leadership Institute
* National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference
* National Coalition Building Institute Controversial Issues Process
* National Coalition Building Institute Reducing Prejudice Workshop
* Pollyanna Conference
* Seattle Race Conference
* White Privilege Conference

I have not attended these - I just know some of the folks who run them.
* Center for Racial Justice in Education Workshops
* Facing Race Conference
* National Association of Independent Schools Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain
* National Diversity Director's Institute
* National SEED Project
* The Perception Institute Workshops

Books for Grownups:
Please note that not all books are about diversity, inclusion, cultural competency, equity, and social justice - however, I found something in these books that I could apply to building relationships, doing The Work, creating organizational change, and more.

* Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning by Pooja K. Agarwal , Patrice Bain
* The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
* Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
*Blindspot by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony Greenwald
* The Half Has Never Been Told by Edward E. Baptist
* Willpower by Roy Baumeister
* Sticks and Stones by Emily Bazelon
* Contagious by Jonah Berger
* Slavery by Another Name by Douglas A Blackmon
Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead, and Live Without Barriers by Jo Boaler
* UnSelfie: Why Empathic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michele Borba
* It's Complicated by Danah Boyd
* Managing Transitions by William Bridges
* NurtureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
* I Thought It Was Just Me by Brené Brown
* The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
* Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
* Men, Women, and Worthiness by Brené Brown
* Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
*Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
* Quiet by Susan Cain
Where We Come From: A Novel by Oscar Cásares
* The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
* You're in Charge, Now What? by James Citrin and Thomas Neff
* The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias by Dolly Chugh
* Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
* We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
*Born on Third Base by Chuck Collins
* The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
* The 8th Habit by Stephen R. Covey
* Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions of Adulthood by Lisa Damour
* Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom by Lisa Delpit
* What Does It Mean To Be White? by Robin DiAngelo
* White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo
* Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less by Tiffany Dufu
* Mindset by Carol Dweck
* For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood by Christopher Edmin
* Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire by Rafe Esquith
* How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
* Bossypants by Tina Fey
* When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor... And Yourself by Brian Fikkert
* Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
* Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
* Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know by Malcolm Gladwell
* The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
* Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
* The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children by Ross W. Greene
* Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them by Ross W. Greene
* The Coddling of the American Mind by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff
* Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Zaretta L. Hammond
* Switch by Dan Heath and Chip Heath
* We Can't Teach What We Don't Know: White Teachers, Multiracial Schools by Gary R. Howard
* The Female Vision: Women's Real Power at Work by Sally Hegeson and Julie Johnson
* Privilege, Power, and Difference by Allan Johnson
* Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
* Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
* The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
* Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen
* Lies Across America by James W. Loewen
* Teaching What Really Happened by James W. Loewen
* The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader by James W. Loewen
* Lies My Teacher Told Me About Columbus by James W. Loewen
* How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haimes
* Real American: A Memoir by Julie Lythcott-Haimes
The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir by Domingo Martinez
* The Neuroscience of Change by Kelly McGonigal
* The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It by Kelly McGonigal
* The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal
* Brain Rules by John Medina
* Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina
My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem MSW LICSW SEP
* The Marshmallow Test by Walter Mischel
* Understanding Youth by Michael Nakkula and Eric Toshalis
* Diversity in Independent Schools: The Practice and the Practitioner by National Association of Independent Schools
* Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
* Becoming by Michelle Obama
* So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
* The Courage to Teach by Parker Palmer
* Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson
* Difficult Conversations by Bruce Patton, Et Al
* Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher
* The Leadership Challenge by Barry Posner and James M. Kouzes

* Citizen by Claudia Rankine
* Spark by John Ratey
* The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley
* The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz
* The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
* Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
* The Commitment by Dan Savage
* American Savage by Dan Savage
*The Way We're Working Isn't Working by Tony Schwartz and Jean Gomes
* Mindsight by Dan Siegel
* No-Drama Discipline: by Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
* Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Dan Siegel
* Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive by Dan Siegel and Mary Hartzell
* Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons
* The Curse of the Good Girl by Rachel Simmons
* Free Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts With Worry by Lenore Skenazy
* The History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage
* Whistling Vivaldi by Claude Steele
*My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
* Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
* Nudge by Cass Sunstein
* Double Victory by Ronald Takaki
* Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
* Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me) by Carol Travis and Elliot Aronson
* The Hidden Brain by Shankar Vedantam
* The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins
* The World Becomes What We Teach by Zoe Weil
Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation by Williams , Owens , and Syedullah
* Redirect by Timothy Wilson
* Multipliers by Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown

* Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman
* Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads by Rosalind Wiseman
* Masterminds and Wingmen by Rosalind Wiseman
Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong
* Covering by Kenji Yoshino
*A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn

Code Switch
For the Movement
Hidden Brain
Pod Save the People
Still Processing
Something You Should Know 
Teaching While White
Third Space (Canada)
The Toure Show

Books for Youth:
* Stop Picking On Me: A First Look at Bullying by Pat Thomas
* The Skin I'm In: A First Look at Racism by Pat Thomas
* All the Colors We Are/Todos los Colores de Nuestra Piel: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color by Katie Kissinger
* Large Fears by Myles E. Johnson
* Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
* Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
* The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
* Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
* Books recommended by Anti-Defamation League for children and teens
* A Mighty Girls' Favorite Books
    Spaghetti in A Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are for ages 3 to 8 at

    A Smart Girl's Guide: Drama, Rumors & Secrets: Staying True To Yourself In Changing Times, for ages 9 to 12 at
    For more books for children and teens starring Mighty Girls that celebrate the value of expressing your uniqueness, visit our “Individuality” book section at
    Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx / La juez que crecio en el Bronx (bilingual) for ages 4 to 8 at
* One of a Kind Like Me / Único Como Yo - A bilingual children’s book (ages 4-7) based on a true story about a child named Danny who wants to be a princess in the school parade.
* Books for Black girls - list curated by author and educator Zetta Elliott
* Kazoo, a quarterly magazine for girls 5-10 that celebrates girls as they are
* 40+ Children's Books about Human Rights & Social Justice
* A Mighty Girl (website) The world's largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls
* The Literary Canon Is Mostly White. Here’s an Alternative Latin American Reading List
*Black Books Matter: Children's Books Celebrating Black Boys
* 26 Children's Books to Support Conversations About Race, Racism, and Resistance
*Books for Littles: Resource page of books for young children on topics like race, wealth inequality, gender, etc. (check out Not My Idea, a Book About Whiteness
Black Girl Magic: 33 Picture Books Featuring Black Female Protagonists

Curriculum and Other Educator Resources:
* AMAZE programs foster the knowledge, values, and skills that the next generation needs in order to support and respect each other across differences of race, class, culture, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion/faith, and physical ability. We do this by providing curricula, trainings, and support that enable teachers and parents/guardians to start and sustain courageous conversations in schools, faith communities, after-school programs, and anywhere that children are together.
* Celebrate!: An Anti-Bias Guide to Enjoying Holidays in Early Childhood Programs
* Open Minds to Equality: A Sourcebook of Learning Activities to Affirm Diversity and Promote Equity by Nancy Schniedewind & Ellen Davidson
* Rethinking Our Classrooms: Teaching for Equity and Justice.
* Anti-Bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children by Louise Derman-Sparks and the A.B.C. Task Force.
* Roots & Wings: Affirming Culture in Early Childhood Programs by Stacey York
* The Line Between Us: Teaching About the Border and Mexican Immigration by Bill Bigelow
* Turning on Learning: Five Approaches for Multicultural Teaching Plans for Race, Class, Gender and Disability by Carls A. Grant & Christine E. Sleeter
* Team Building Activities
* Exemplar 8th Grade Reading List based on W.E.B. Dubois' Four Questions
At, you’ll get hundreds of K-12 common core-aligned lesson plans, teaching strategies, blogs and webinars on topics including Black History Month, Bullying & Cyberbullying, Anti-Semitism, Current Events and much more. All were created by ADL: the experts at creating inclusive classrooms.
Unit plans with the goal of providing teachers with resources that meet both the English Common Core Standards and raise awareness about the threats facing the Amazon rainforest and the Indigenous populations living in the Amazon Basin
*Anti Defamation League's curriculum for K-5 and curriculum supplement for 9-12
*KidScribes Program - personal narrative writing and digital book publishing
*Zinn Project - curriculum and resources inspired by Howard Zinn's A People's History
* Hate Hurts; How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice Stern-LaRosa/Bettmann
* Culturally Proficient Coaching: Supporting Educators to Create Equitable Schools by Delores B. Lindsey, Richard S. Martinez, Randall B. Lindsey
* You Can't Say You Can't Play by Vivian Gussin Paley
* Educating Citizens in a Multicultural Society by James A. Banks
* What Youth Can Do - Research, Student Voice, Exemplary Practice, Motivation
Race Forward's mission is to build awareness, solutions and leadership for racial justice by generating transformative ideas, information and experiences. We define racial justice as the systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all and we work to advance racial justice through media, research, and leadership development.
Justice Matters works to build and support a national racial justice movement working towards transformative education for students of color – and to develop and advocate for a racial justice policy agenda in local schools and on a national level.
* E3: Education, Excellence & Equity imagines a future in which educators embrace the lived and learned experiences of each student and value the strengths that all children bring into the classroom. In this future, all children achieve academic success, graduate from high school, and have the skills required for their next steps in an ever- changing world.

* Through education rooted in love and justice, World Trust is a catalyst for racial equity. World Trust produces equity, inclusion, and diversity filmscurriculum and workshops that deepen the conversation about race.
* Conference - The Advent School Collaborative
* Profound Gentlemen, a networking and support group for Black/African American male teachers
* Interracial friendships decrease over time in elementary and middle school, with teachers playing a hidden role
* Research on interventions that decrease suspensions and increase engagement
• Talking to young people after racial incidents
* Instead of icebreakers, how about community builders?
*Made with Code, a fun coding-for-social-change activity
* Talk to kids about discrimination
* Importance, benefits, and strategies for increasing empathy in schools
* Flow chart on offensive costumes
* James Baldwin's "A Talk to Teachers," still relevant inspiration at 2017
* NPR's round up of resources for teachers supporting youth "when bad stuff happens"
* Changing the Grade: A Step-by-Step Guide to Grading for Student Growth by Jonathan Cornue
* Awesome and FREE downloadable posters of diverse women in STEM
* Wonderful short video on family diversity
* Analysis and research on gender bias in picture books
* How gender stereotypes in children's books shape children's career choices

Institutional Resources
* Teaching Tolerance - Responding to Hate and Bias at School.
* Medical Schools challenging race as biology and teaching it as a social construction with biological consequences
* Harvard Business Review article on How the Best Bosses Interrupt Bias
* The Benefits of Socioeconomically and Racially Integrated Schools and Classrooms by the Century Foundation

Resources for Talking About Difficult Topics and/or Current Events
* Paris Attack and Scapegoating of Muslims and Syrians
* Mass Shootings and Gun Violence (2015)
* Teaching Tolerance - Let’s Talk! Facilitating Difficult Conversations With Students.
* Teaching Tolerance - Speak Up at School.

Resources on Youth Activism
* High school students' efforts change a local school's name to honor Itliong and Vera Cruz for their efforts in the Labor Movement
* 11 year old Marley Dias addresses the lack of children's book with African American girls as  protagonists through her #1000blackgirlbooks project
* Emily Temple-Wood, young female Wikipedia editor, responds to misogynistic trolls by increasing Wikipedia entries on intelligent and powerful women
* Story of high school seniors who were instrumental in turning Martin Luther King Day into a California state holiday

* Speakers on Islamaphobia - Amer Ahmed Islamic Networks Group: Maha Elgenaidi ( Aslan Melissa Mirza, SF University High School teacher (

Resources for Racial/Ethnic Identity

* Dear Teachers: An Open Letter about Images of Indians
* Children's Books about Thanksgiving
* Myths about Thanksgiving
* American Indians in Childrens Literature Best Books List

* Spoken word poem "Accents"
* Unsung Heroine of 9/11 Betty Ong
* First US school to be named after Filipino labor leaders Larry Itlong and Phillip Vera Cruz
* Data and patterns around Korean migration into USA
* Self determination of identity influenced by race, class, and gender
* History of Black and Asian Activism in LA
* White Debt: Reckoning with what is owed — and what can never be repaid — for racial privilege. By Eula Biss
*Compilation of data across 12 realms that show the systemic nature of White privilege

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE WHITE IN AMERICA: Breaking the White Code of Silence, A Collection of Personal Narratives.  Edited by Gabrielle David and Sean Frederick Forbes
* Waking up White by Debby Irving
* Book club for immigrant parents helps parents love reading and encourage their children
* Raising Mixed Race: Multiracial Asian Children in a Post-Racial World (New Critical Viewpoints on Society) by Sharon H Chang
* Resource blog for multiracial Asian families
* Are Indians Asians?  Identity politics questions raised in the potential nomination of Judge  Judge Sri Srinivasan to the Supreme Court
* Native & American Indian News, Culture, Music, Art and More
* In Whose Honor? Documentary about Charlene Teres and the movement she started to end the use of Native American mascots
* Teaching Asian American history in school
*Actual Civil War origin of Cinco de Mayo password cinco
*Racial and Belief Gap for Gifted Education
*Ungendering the Spanish Language
*Latinx, Let's Check Our Privilege
*30 Asian and Asian American Books for Children 0 - 18
*Asian-American Actors Are Fighting for Visibility. They Will Not Be Ignored
* Use of the term "chink eyes" to describe photos on social media
*100 people who could help with the OscarsSoWhite problem
*Need for pronouncing students' names correctly
*Asian and Pacific American elected officials share the stage for the first time at the 2016 DNC
*Politics and history of various terms for folks with more than one racial ancestry
*Immigration as Racial Policy (ppt slide deck) by Professor Warren Blumenfeld
*Delano Manongs - Documentary about the forgotten history of Larry Itliong and the critical role Filipino workers played in the Labor Movement
* #StandingRockSyllabus
The Story Of The Chinese Family That First Fought To Desegregate Southern Schools
* Wealth gap in the API community that invalidates the model minority myth
* Dorothy Lange's censored or impounded photographs of Japanese Internment Camps
* Website run by renowned astrophysicist Reyna Reyes that
features a Filipino scientist each week
Established in 2006, American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society.  Links to book reviews, Native media, and more
* NBC Asian America short on Gene Luen Yang, author of graphic novel American Born Chinese
* Short Documentary on colorism within the Latina community
* History and bias around "axe" vs "ask"
* Smithsonian's Native Knowledge: New perspectives on Native American
history, cultures, and contemporary lives
* Resource page for supporting multiracial identity and multiracial youth
*Native Land is a map app that allows you to see territories, languages, and treaty information. If you spend time in Canada, Whose Land is useful and full of info! There are videos of land acknowledgements by members of various tribes and links to tribal pages that pop up when you are in their lands.
* Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup

Resources for Becoming a Better Ally
* Commentary on not defending young people's racism
*Raising Race Conscious Children blog
* Four family-friendly activities non-Black (particularly White) families can take to support Black Lives Matter
*Why and how to stop saying All Lives Matter and join the Second Civil Rights Movement
*Implicit and unconscious racism and how to work on reducing them
* Wear Out the Silence campaign asking White folks to wear Black Lives Matter T-Shirts every Friday and engage others in conversations.  Conversation tips, stories, and more.
* Sugar coated language of white fragility.  Stop trying to be good people.  Work towards becoming real people
*AWARE-LA (Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere-Los Angeles) check out toolbox for readings and resources for becoming an Anti-Racist White Ally
Harvard Business Review: Asian Americans Are the Least Likely Group in the U.S. to Be Promoted to Management

Resources for Gender Equality
* Talking about everyday sexism
* Bitch Media - feminism, activism, books, magazine, video links, she-roes, and more
*Intersectional Feminism
* Strong Enough Girls Empowerment Initiative - non-profit initiative dedicated to helping girls and women in low-resource settings find and use their voices and talents to thrive.
* Girls in Bangledesh challenge gender norms through surfing
*Implicit bias in perception of women wearing makeup as more professional
*Hidden Brain Episode on Women and Leadership "Men, 44, Women 0"
* Wonder Women a great documentary on the history of Wonder Woman as an icon of female empowerment, her erasure, then her resurgence during women's movements as she becomes a symbol of feminism.  Also examines cultural rise and fall of other iconic strong female leads
* Stacy Smith's data around sexism (and more) in Hollywood movies TED Talk
* Awesome resource page to get more women and girls involved in cryptocurrency and blockchain

Resources for LGBTQIA
* Greater legal clarity on transgender student access to restrooms and locker rooms
*Department of Justice Office of Civil Rights guidelines on transgender inclusivity in schools
*Elementary school appropriate music CD on gender diversity
* a resource for students, athletes, coaches, and administrators to find information about trans inclusion in athletics at various levels of play
* Transgender Teen - a handbook for families and professionals
* Check It, a documentaty about a LGBTQ Black gang in Washington, DC., available for download at Louis CK's website for $5

Resources for Socioeconomic Diversity

* Challenges for Low Income Students, Test Scores, and College Readiness
* Resource Generation organizes young people with wealth and class privilege in the U.S. to become transformative leaders working towards the equitable distribution of wealth, land and power.
* Importance of intersectionality between race and class
* How the justice system disproportionately punishes the poor and ways to avoid doing so
* Why is the one percent so White?
*Video: A Foot in the Door - Giving every public school student an automatic college savings account
*Video: Unlocking Investment in Rural America - Helping unlock $500 million in federal dollars into poor and rural areas
*Video: Homes and Hands - Introducing a new way to provide permanently affordable housing

Resources for Ability
* Documentary - MIND/GAME: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw
*NPR interactive site on mental health struggles for school children
* ASCD Educational Leadership April 2017 Issue: Differences, not Disabilities
* Invisible Disability Project
* Ways autism affects women differently and is often mis or under diagnosed, the National Center for Learning Disabilities

Resources for Microaggressions

How Diversity Makes Us Better
More school districts are focusing on school integration for students of color and low-income students, and are finding educational benefits, according to two recent reports. Potential benefits include better test scores, increased college attendance and improved critical-thinking skills. The Atlantic online (2/16/16)
*Hamilton College makes diversity a requirement through content integration

* Neuroscience of prejudice - interesting links to research studies
* Link between colorism and political affiliation
* Two markers of lasting relationships - the research is on marriage, but I think it applies to all long term connections
* 13th, a powerful documentary available on Netflix on how a loophole in the 13th Amendment turned prisons into an industrial complex and re-instituted de facto slavery for many, especially African Americans
* The increasingly diverse United States of America: The racial and ethnic diversity of communities varies greatly across the country, but rapid change is coming to many of the least-diverse areas.
* Racism in medical school curriculum that results in health disparity

Talking About 2016 Presidential Election
* Teaching Tolerance article by
Diana Hess and Paula McAvoy, authors of The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education
* Editorial on the Opportunity and Risk of an Election Year for Teachers
* Anti-Defamation League's Table Talk on the Presidential Election
* Science of Us interviews 3rd graders about the 2016 Elections
* Check out "Letters to the Next President” project. It’s a joint project between the National Writer’s Project and PBS station KQED. It’s a great way to help students focus in on what issues are important to them, based on their own experiences.
* “Teach the Election” From the California History – Social Studies Project. This is a program you can purchase that includes primary sources, connections with historical elections, and teaching suggestions.
* Edutopia brings together many free resources from PBS, C-SPAN, Gilder Lehrman, and others to help teachers with interesting activities to bring the election to life.
* offers many election games and activities for all ages. The “Win the White House” game offers a fun online simulation for running your own election.
* Political Cartoons. Using activities from the Library of Congress, teachers can guide students into political discussion by introducing historical political cartoons. Check out these political cartoon activities:
    a. Cartoon Analysis Guide [Library of Congress]
    b. Political Cartoons and Public Debates [Library of Congress]
    c. Interpreting Political Cartoons in the History Classroom [Teaching History]After working with historical cartoons, use local or national newspapers to find recent cartoons to analyze, discuss, and research further.
* Let students guide the discussion by asking their own questions. Using the Question Formulation Technique [], set students up for directed research into the the topics that truly interest them regarding the election. This might prove to be the most beneficial way to find out what students are thinking and are concerned about. If there are misconceptions, they can be addressed. Watching a video of a debate or speech, unpacking a political cartoon, or reading an editorial are all Focus Statements that can spark the questioning. Once students have questions in hand, share them with the class and sort them by possible group research topics, possible Socratic seminar discussion, or class audio or video projects. Using student-generated questions brings much more buy-in into this learning process because it centers on what they are wondering. Once they have a focus for locating answers, they are engaged learners who are willing to dig deep to find answers that have meaning for them.
* Hold mock elections, hold debates. Scholastic and offer lesson plans and resources for election lessons.
* Southern Poverty Law Center and
* This is an interesting video series (PBS + Teaching Tolerance) we are trying to work into our 7th and 8th grade advisory program this year. Each video (about 25 min) comes with essential questions and other classroom materials.
* Teaching the election in the age of Trump
* Teaching the election in the age of Trump
* a more general piece about discussing politics with middle schoolers
* In my own reflection, I suppose what's stuck out for me re: this election cycle, more than any before it, is the point a variety of writers have made of late to critically interrogate the constructs of "neutrality" and "objectivity" for educators that often have us wondering if we're meant to check critical thought at the door of the classroom. You've probably seen some of these, but I think Mike Kalin wrote a great provocation in Cognoscenti that echoed what the Southern Poverty Law Center found in last year's survey re: the Trump campaign "producing an alarming level of fear and anxiety among children and inflaming racial and ethnic tensions in the classroom." Justice and Stanley in Social Education remind me that "democratic principles and ideals are not themselves neutral [and] neither is teaching students to become citizens in a society that aspires to these ideals." Sam Miller illustrates the dangers of perpetrating bigotry and inequity by feigning objectivity, with a long draw on Marcuse because it's in Jacobin and not USA Today. Alan Singer suggests some ideas for research and debate into the hopper, suggesting heavy reliance on fact-check sites to inform and substantiate students' research and debate.

*Post election.  Educators, parents, and advocates of youth, some things to help you through this day.…/Responding_to_Strong_Emotions.pdf