A Professional Development Resource

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CBC Diversity

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Description: CBC Diversity is an initiative by the Children’s Book Council that promotes diverse authors and illustrators, and diversifying the publishing industry. The blog features news, events, book releases, personal stories, and book and publisher recommendations. The CBC Diversity resources page available from the menu on the top of the blog has resources for booksellers, parents and caregivers, publishing professionals, teachers and librarians, and for writers. These resources can include book lists and bibliographies, lesson plans, discussion guides, publications and blogs, awards and prizes, articles, websites, and even tips.

Link: http://www.cbcdiversity.com


Diversity in YA

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Description: Diversity in YA is a website re-created by Malinda Lo and Cindy Pon to celebrate “all kinds of diversity, from race to sexual orientation to gender identity and disability” and “to bring attention to books and authors that might fall outside the mainstream, and to bring the margin to the center”. While the website is currently on hiatus, it has helpful guest posts on writing and publishing, interviews, diverse book compilations, data about diversity in YA, and updates and news on diversity discussions in the archive. The tumblr still posts occasionally, and interacts with other diversity focused blogs.

Link: http://www.diversityinya.comhttp://diversityinya.tumblr.com


Global Cultural Competence Micro-Credential

The image pictured here reads: Global Cultural Competence, Developing a position on an intercultural issue by exploring multiple cultural perspectives, then acting to support this position in a meaningful way.Format: Learning Module

Description: This micro-credential course, offered free of cost online through BloomBoard, walks educators through the process of designing and implementing instruction for students focused on global cultural competence. Using the materials provided here, teachers will design and carry out instruction in which students develop an evidence-supported position on a global issue using a four-part framework: investigate the issue, recognize differing perspectives, communicate a position / get diverse feedback, and take action by applying findings to the real world. Some participants may be able to earn continuing education credits from their state or district by completing the micro-credential requirements.

Link: https://bloomboard.com/microcredential/view/4cc5307d-74a9-4cd2-8af4-f3b951055764


Multiculturalism in the Classroom

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Description: This resource from Scholastic features a collection of articles, lesson plans, and booklists, plus tips and strategies to help professionals who are working in diverse environments encourage students to share and respect other’s cultures. The website includes sections on Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity, Multicultural Literacy, Cultures in Your Classroom, Teaching About Different Cultures, Parent-Teacher Communication, and Resources for Working With ESL and ELL Students.

Link: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/collections/teaching-content/teaching-cultural-sensitivity-classroom/


A Tale of Two Teachers

Format: TEDTalk

Description: A TEDTalk from Melissa Crum who studies how we all contribute to social inequality. Her talk will help library staff reflect on how they are thinking about and interacting with diverse youth.  “Her personal story and professional practice work together to tell a creative, inspiring, and eye-opening message that everyone must hear.”

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgtinODaW78


The State of America’s Children (2017)

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Description: An 82-page downloadable, pdf report from the Children’s Defense Fund that “provides a comprehensive look at the status of America’s children in 11 areas: child population, child poverty, income and wealth inequality, housing and homelessness, child hunger and nutrition, child health, early childhood, education, child welfare, juvenile justice and gun violence.” The landing page on the Children’s Defense Funds website also includes downloadable, pdf fact sheets for each state; an interactive map of the United States with the key facts shown for each state; and a downloadable, pdf two-page overview of the report.

Link: http://www.childrensdefense.org/library/state-of-americas-children/


Teaching Tolerance

Format: Website

Description: The mission of Teaching Tolerance is “to reduce prejudice, improve intergroup relations and support equitable school experiences for our nation’s children.” Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors, library staff, and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school.  The materials include professional development resources that library staff can use to improve their own understanding of issues related to diversity and inclusiveness, as well as materials they can use with youth. The materials provided by Teaching Tolerance will help library staff create civil and inclusive library “communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.”

Link: https://www.tolerance.org/

Take a Test: Project Implicit

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Description: Project Implicit is a non-profit organization that has developed a series of tests to measure hidden biases which are called Implicit Association Tests (IATs). The tests are provided free online for anyone to tests their biases. The Social Attitude IATs include a variety of individual test that can be taken separately on such topics as Religion, Age, Skin-Tone, Arab-Muslim,  Asian American, and many more. These tests can help educators assess themselves, think critically about their biases and how they may manifest, and can begin to combat these biases more effectively.

Link: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html


Rethinking Schools

Rethinking Schools 

Format: Website

Description: Rethinking Schools is a nonprofit dedicated to addressing the racial and social inequalities by promoting equality in schools. Their website includes a blog (free), a print magazine (subscription-based), lesson plans, and recommended books on a variety of social justice topics. The website is dedicated to diversity and encouraging professionals to examine their environment and work towards changing harmful rhetoric in education to create more inclusive and supportive environments for all.

Link: https://www.rethinkingschools.org


Critical Practices for Anti-bias Education

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Description: A professional development course of four hour-long modules for educators who want to develop culturally responsive practice, either individually or in a small group setting. The four modules focus on:  Instruction, Classroom Culture, Family and Community Engagement, and Teacher Leadership.

Link: https://www.tolerance.org/professional-development/critical-practices-for-antibias-education


Anti-Bias Instruction Micro-Credential

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Format: Learning Module

Description: This micro-credential course, offered free of cost online through BloomBoard, focuses on the critical components of anti-bias instruction. Some participants may be able to earn continuing education credits from their state or district by completing the micro-credential requirements.

Link: https://bloomboard.com/microcredential/view/aeed6cb6-f079-491c-a5c6-cfba701bc42c


Anti-Bias Resources for Educators, Parents & Families

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Description: On this website— designed for teachers, students, and families— the Anti-Defamation League provides a variety of resources on developing and promoting diversity and anti-bias behavior. There are seven categories highlighted: Classroom Tips and Strategies; Definitions and Language; Discussion/Activity Guides; Film Discussion/Activity Guides; Historical Information; Holidays, Events and Special Months; Podcasts and Webinars

Link: https://www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/anti-bias-resources