Racial Equity

Photo from "Architect of the Capitol" in the public domain.

Talking About Tough Topics

What happened at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 has left some of us wondering how we talk about it with our children. NPS has compiled a few resources to help families talk to their children about the events that occurred in Washington, D.C.


Below are resources for teachers and families to learn more about systemic racism, how to talk about race, and learning more about equity. These resources have been recommended by our NPS faculty and other educational and equity experts.

For Our Students and Families

Talking to young children about recent events

Understanding systemic racism - older students

Understanding implicit bias - high school students

Students Speak Up: What Bias Means to Them

How to Talk To Your Children About Protests and Racism

Talking to Children About Race, Racism and Police Violence

NPR: Talking Race with Young Children

Sesame Street: Town Hall About Race and Racism

For Our Teachers, Administrators, and Staff

6 Considerations for School Leaders (George Floyd)

Moments Like This Are Why We Teach

Teaching Tolerance: Facilitating Critical Conversations

Teaching Tolerance: Race and Ethnicity

Teaching Tolerance: Teaching As Activism, Teaching as Care.

Anti-Defamation League: Talking About Race in the Classroom

Framing Brave Conversations About Race and Ethnicity

5 New Ways for Schools to Work with Families

The Case for Contentious Curricula

Making the Most of "Hot Moments" in the Classroom

The Controversy Over Controversial Issues

"A Talk to Teachers" by James Baldwin (1963)

Documentaries and Films

We suggest that parents, guardians and other adults preview the following films and documentaries before making the decision to view them with your children.

Available on Netflix

  • 13th

  • American Son

  • Becoming

  • Dear White People

  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

  • The House I Live In

  • When They See Us

Available on Hulu

  • Crime + Punishment

Other Films/Documentaries

  • 3 ½ Minutes. Ten Bullets.

  • The Central Park Five ( Amazon Prime)

  • Crash

  • Do Not Resist

  • Do the Right Thing

  • The Hate U Give

  • I Am Not Your Negro

  • Quest

  • The Tall Man

  • We Are The Giant

Online Resources

National Museum of African American History & Culture “Talking About Race” Guide

Ibram X. Kendi’s “The Anti-Racist Reading List”

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

From CNN: Crash Course in Being an Ally

Boston Globe's series on race: Boston. Racism. Image. Reality

NPR's Code Switch

1619: New York Times project (podcast)

Take Harvard University's Implicit Bias Test