Educators should confront their own racial identities before facilitating conversations about race with students. They should also reach out to parents to inform them about the conversations that will be taking place in the classroom.
Background readings to prepare for teaching and talking about race in the classroom:
Ali Michael, Raising Race Questions: Whiteness & Inquiry in Education
Ali Michael, What White Children Need to Know about Race
Matthew R. Kay, Not Light, But Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom
Beverly Tatum, Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
How Should I Talk about Race in My Mostly White Classroom?
How to Start Talking About Race in the Early Elementary Classroom
Podcast: Ten Things Every White Teacher Should Know When Talking About Race
Anti-Bias Books for Kids
The books on this list were recommended by Flow of History teachers and librarians at recent workshops. The books:
- talk about race and identity
- tell stories of journeys from victim to victor
- provide examples of being an ally or upstander
- portray people of color with having agency and courage
The Teaching for Change Project has a more detailed Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children’s Books