• Racial Equity Resources for Staff
     
     
    BOOKS AND ARTICLES

    White Privilege: The Elephant in Minnesota's Living Room - link to blog by Nekima Levy-Pound in Star Tribune (5-20-14); previous posts also available on same page

    Tips: Challenge your colleagues' views on race without blame - link to short article from SPPS Bridge (1-20-14)

    Seattle Teacher Under Fire for Teaching About Racism - link to article

    Expansive Survey of America's Public Schools Reveals Troubling Racial Disparities - link to article -- Lack of access to pre-school, greater suspension rates cited.  "By citing this information, communities of color can work with schools to change these statistics, and change the face of education." (Minnesota Minority Education Partnership, mmep.org)

    Peggy McIntosh: Beyond the Knapsack - link to article - Once we understand issues of racial inequity and privilege, how do we transform our teaching?  This article provides specific strategies and approaches that we can all learn from.

    Understanding White Privilege, 2nd Edition, Frances E. Kendall, Routledge, 2012.  

    Drawing from 30 years of work in diversity within colleges, universities and corporations, Kendall candidly invites readers to think personally about how race - theirs and others' - frames experiences and relationships, focusing squarely on white privilege and its implications for building authentic relationships across race.

    Courageous Conversations about Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools, Glenn Singleton & Curtis Linton, 2006.

    "The beauty of this volume is that it is designed to help lay people—teachers, administrators, parents, community leaders—begin to engage in the emotionally and psychically difficult conversations about race. [It] provides us with empirical data and well-constructed exercises to help us think through the ways that race affects our lives and our professional practices."  Gloria Ladson-Billings, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Author, The Dreamkeepers

    White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, Tim Wise, Soft Skull Press, 2011.

    Tim Wise explores how racial identity and whiteness influence the lives of white Americans, by examining how they have impacted his own life. Wise examines how privilege seeps into every institutional arrangement, from education to employment to the justice system. He also discusses the ways that white privilege can harm its recipients in the long run and make progressive social change less likely. Through personal storytelling and convincing analysis, Wise makes the case that racial inequity and white privilege are real and persistent threats to personal and collective well-being, but that resistance to white supremacy and racism is possible.

     

    Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, 2009.

    The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander, 2012.

    Everyday Antiracism, Edited by Mica Pollock, 2008.

    Leading educators -- among them Beverly Daniel Tatum, Sonia Nieto, and Pedro Noguera -- describe concrete ways to analyze classroom interactions that may or may not be "racial,", deal with racial inequility and "diversity," and teach to high standards across racial lines.

    PDF Big topic on campus: racial 'microagressions'   --  St. Paul Pioneer Press, 3/23/14

    Find and share resources here for our racial equity work.

    Saint Paul Public Schools Racial Equity Policy, passed school board July 2013

     

     

    WEB RESOURCES

    Moving the Race Conversation Forward, Jan. 2014 - A report by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation that aims to reshape and reform the way we talk about race and racism in our country.  An accompanying 5-minute video breaks down the report in engaging, accessible ways.

    Racial Equity Tools: This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large. 

    Race Forward: Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. 

    Teaching Tolerance. AnnMarie Yacobucci says: "Teaching Tolerance is a great resource if you are looking for equity-based lesson ideas. Even though it has a K-12 focus, a lot of the lessons can be easily adapted to fit our learner needs." 

    Craig Boykin: "Craig Boykin is a renowmed keynote speaker, bestselling author, mentor and consultant. Crais is a decorated U.S. Army Veteran. He has devoted his life to creating lasting change for those who desire it; Craig has risen to the national stage by delivering his inspirational message which tells people how to shake off mediocrity and live up to their greatness. It is a message Craig has learned from his own life and one he is helping others apply to their lives." His webpage includes several videos.  

    Guidelines for Discussion of Racial Conflict and the Language of Hate, Bias, and Discrimination: The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching has developed guidelines to help instructors facilitate planned classroom discussions and unexpected questions related to race.

    Ten Tips for Facilitating Classroom Discussions on Sensitive Topics: To provide teachers with a framework for tackling sensitive topics, we have compiled a tip sheet to use when facilitating discussions or teaching about sensitive topics in the classroom.

    Unnatural Causes: A seven-part documentary series exploring racial and socioeconomic inequalities in health. 

    Immigrant Nation gives voice to the stories of past  and present immigrants through films, a website, and live events.