Integration, Diversity & Social Justice

Kids Talk Back to BrainPOP on LGBT Rights

A group of students at The Earth School are taking action against the exclusionary practices of a popular educational website, BrainPOP. They have been working on a video and website to convince BrainPOP to include the LGBT rights movement in their menu of topics where it is conspicuously absent! The project emerged from last year's Rights & Responsibilities curriculum during which they each were assigned to research a "rights movement." To learn the full story, watch this video and visit their website!

Kid Advocates Convince BrainPOP to Add LGBT Civil Rights to Curriculum
Students from the Earth School have successfully advocated to push a national online education provider to include an LGBT-specific curriculum.

The Earth School in East Village adding LGBT studies to its lesson plan for next year
The fourth and fifth graders at the Earth School were studying people's rights, civil rights, workers and woman's rights, but finding very little in their ...

Non-Fiction Books & Curricula

Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching

101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed U.S. History

Because We Can Change the World: A Practical Guide to Building Cooperative, Inclusive Classroom Communities [Paperback]

Rethinking Schools Publications

Black Ants and Buddhists

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, Revised and Updated Edition

A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America

A Young People's History of the United States: Columbus to the War on Terror

Actions Speak Louder than Words: Community Activism as Curriculum


Fiction Books & Narratives

Teaching For Change A fairly comprehensive search tool for finding children’s literature for social justice.

Web Resources

Sweet Blackberry
Sweet Blackberry
- Our mission at sweet blackberry is to bring little known, miraculous stories of African American Achievement to the widest possible audience.

No Name-Calling Week
- No Name-Calling Week is an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities.

A Mighty Girl - Broadening the Story: 50 Picture Books Starring Black Mighty Girls

Hey, Little Ant - Lesson ideas and resources to teach the book Hey, Little Ant by Phil and Hannah Hoose.

Peace Jam - The mission of the PeaceJam Foundation is to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody.

Perspectives for a Diverse America - From Teaching Tolerance; is a literacy-based curriculum that marries anti-bias social justice content with the rigor of the Common Core State Standards.

Americans Who Tell The Truth - is dedicated to the belief that a profound sense of citizenship is the only safeguard of democracy and the best defense of our social, economic, and environmental rights. Through portraits and stories of exemplary American citizens, both historical and contemporary, AWTT teaches the courage to act for the common good. 

EdChange - a team of passionate, experienced, established, educators dedicated to equity, diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice. With this shared vision, we have joined to collaborate in order to develop resources, workshops, and projects that contribute to progressive change in ourselves, our schools, and our society.

Education for liberation network
- The Education for Liberation Network is a national coalition of teachers, community activists, researchers, youth and parents who believe a good education should teach people—particularly low-income youth and youth of color—how to understand and challenge the injustices their communities face.

Using Their Words
- Many new teachers are inspired by the social justice and multicultural theory presented in some teacher education programs, but need to see examples of it in action. Some people believe that younger students are not capable of discussing difficult or controversial topics. This site counters that notion by showing teachers and students engaged in social action on complex topics. 

Teaching For Change -  operates from the belief that schools can provide students the skills, knowledge and inspiration to be citizens and architects of a better world — or they can fortify the status quo. By drawing direct connections to real world issues, Teaching for Change encourages teachers and students to question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens.

Teaching Tolerance
- Founded in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation's children.

Rethinking Schools
- an activist publication that addresses key policy issues, such as vouchers and marketplace-oriented reforms, funding equity, and school-to-work.

Zinn Education Project
- The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the use of Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States and other materials for teaching a people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country.

CASEL - To establish social and emotional learning as an essential part of education.

Morningside Center For Teaching Social Responsibility - Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility educates young people for hopeful and intelligent engagement with their world.

Articles & Podcasts

Winning the class war by mixing kids in the schools | New York Daily News 4/11/2016

New York Schools Wonder: How White Is Too White?  The New York Times 2/16/2016
At the Academy of Arts and Letters, a small K-8 school in Brooklyn founded in 2006 to educate a community of “diverse individuals,” that question is being put to the test. The school — along with six others in New York City — is part of a new Education Department initiative aimed at maintaining a racial and socioeconomic balance at schools in fast-gentrifying neighborhoods

What Would It Take to Integrate Our Schools? | The New York Times 12/15/2015
Read more about how an eye-opening study revealed that New York City schools are among the most segregated in the country and what the city hopes to do to support diversity through a new pilot program called the School Diversity Accountability Act.

Chancellor Fariña Announces New Admissions Pilot at Seven Elementary Schools Designed to Promote Diversity | 11/20/2015
Result of Collaboration Between DOE, Principals, School Communities and City Council. Changes Will Go into Effect for This Year’s Kindergarten Admissions for the 2016–17 School Year 

562: The Problem We All Live With | This American Life 7/31/2015
Nikole Hannah-Jones looks at a district that, not long ago, accidentally launched a desegregation program. First of a two-part series.

Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole. By Ta-Nehisi Coates

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