Statement on BLM Protests & Social Injustice and Resource List for Teachers
With the recent events happening in our communities across NY and beyond related to Black Lives Matter (#BLM) protests across the world, social studies educators are being provided with excellent teachable moments to incorporate into their classrooms to support our students in developing greater understandings of social justice, civic engagement, and civil rights along with the often competing values and voices within American politics and society.
This month, the NYSCSS Board voted to support the anti-racism statement issued by NCSS. Like the National Council for the Social Studies, we share inthe mission to advocate and build capacity for high-quality social studies education by providing leadership, services, and support to educators in the field. With this in mind, here are some helpful resources for educators and families to discuss issues related to civil rights, racial inequality, and social injustice.
NCSS - National Council for the Social Studies - Resources for Teaching About Racism, Racial Injustice, and Human Rights
National Museum of African American History and Culture - “Talking About Race” Portal Helps People Explore Issues Of Race, Racism And Racial Identity
National Geographic -Talking to kids about race: Having conversations is the first step in raising an anti-racist child.
Teaching Tolerance -A teacher/ parent resource: to educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy.
EdWeek–15 Classroom Resources for Discussing Racism, Policing, and Protest
WMHT - PBS LearningMediaResources: Race, Racism, Protests, Civil Rights, Current Events, and more
Common Sense Media: Resources About Race and Racism Use our resources to help choose media that educates kids in essential human values such as love, understanding, kindness, and compassion.
USA TODAY - Kids need to talk about George Floyd, protests and racism. With coronavirus school closures, it's hard to do.
Politico.comEditorial cartoons from throughout the United States covering many points of view concerning George Floyd’s death, protests and violence.
New York Times Learning Network-Teaching Ideas and Resources to Help Students Make Sense of the George Floyd Protests
Colorín Colorado - Talking About Racism and Violence with Students: Resources for Educators a national multimedia project that offers a wealth of bilingual, research-based information, activities, and advice for educators and families of English language learners (ELLs).
NEWSEUM ED Freedom Forum- Free summer classes for adults- Fighting Fake News, Wed., June 24; Media Ethics, Wed. July 8; Free Speech Essentials, Wed. July 22