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Resources for Talking to Students about Race

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Students’ and educators’ lives have been dramatically disrupted by COVID-19. In addition, the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others and the social unrest that has resulted has amplified the need for ongoing dialogue and has highlighted the importance of creating spaces and opportunities for children to learn and grow in their understandings of race and racism in America. As the school year comes to a virtual close, having conversations with students about race may be difficult; however, there are several tools and resources available for educators and parents to talk to children about race and racism in the United States.

As the state education agency, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s mission is educational equity. This means providing guidance and support to districts and schools about how to meet the needs of students including creating safe, anti-racist school communities. From advancing equity through social and emotional learning and promoting culturally responsive practices to supporting educators in deepening their understanding of and closing the racial achievement gap, the DPI remains committed to supporting districts and schools in fostering important conversations about race and eliminating racism in our schools and communities.

There are several current resources available for educators and parents to talk to children of all ages about race and racism. The following list offers routes to information, books, and ideas for doing just that: