A Professional Development Resource

Category: Race & Ethnicity

So You Want to Talk About Race

Format: Book

Description: In this powerful book, Ijeoma Oluo provides a straightforward discussion of race in America and it’s impact on communities of color. Organized around questions such as “What are microaggressions? and What is the model minority myth? Oluo provides insight into how to have conversations about all aspects of race that continue to challenge Americans, especially White Americans.

Link: https://www.sealpress.com/titles/ijeoma-oluo/so-you-want-to-talk-about-race/9781580056779/

Citation: Oluo, Ijeoma. So You Want to Talk About Race. New York, Seal Press, 2018.

Embrace Race: Raising a Brave New Generation

Format: Online Community

Description: EmbraceRace is an online, multiracial community of parents, teachers, experts, and other caring adults who support each other to meet the challenges that race poses to our children, families, and communities.  Provides a free, monthly online series on talking to children about race, a blog, and additional resources such as tip sheets, booklists, and more.

Link: http://www.embracerace.org/

How Can We Expand Opportunities to Learn for Native Youth?

Format: Report

Description:  “Resurgence: Restructuring Urban American Indian Education” was released by the National Urban Indian Family Coalition in November 2017. This downloadable,  30-page report analyzes the challenges faced by urban Native American youth in public schools and features seven public education programs that are having a positive impact addressing those challenges.

Link: http://nuifc.org/2017/11/15/new-report-highlights-alternative-public-education-programs-helping-to-close-the-achievement-gap-for-urban-native-american-youth/

Report Citation: Hobot, J. (2017, November). Resurgence: Restructuring Urban American Indian education. Retrieved from http://nuifc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/nuifc-resurgence-report-nov2017.pdf


Rich in Color

Format: Website, resource list


Rich in Color is a website that discusses reviews, and promotes young adult fiction that features or is written by people of color or from First/Native Nations. The website keeps track of the release of books of interest on their release calendar and publishes promotions in the form of guest posts, interviews, chapter previews, giveaways, and other marketing activities for books. The site’s resources section also contains other sites that may be of use, and links to the team’s social media presences and their Goodreads account and lists.

Link: http://richincolor.com

Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race

Format: Book

Description: In this book, Sue shares strategies for engaging in conversations about race-related topics in productive ways . He explains why conversations about racial issues are so difficult, and provides guidelines, techniques, and advice for navigating and leading honest and forthright discussions, emphasizing the importance of these conversations in our increasingly multicultural society.

Link: https://tinyurl.com/yddxxfwu

Citation: Sue, D. W. (2015). Race talk and the conspiracy of silence: Understanding and facilitating difficult dialogues on race. New York: Wiley.

Racial Equity in the Library

Format: Blog Posts

Description: For this two-part series, WebJunction takes a look at a complex and broad issue: racial equity in the library. Read “Racial Equity in the Library Part One: Where to Start?” for more context and information. Read “Racial Equity in the Library, Part Two: Diverse Collections, Programming, Resources” to learn what library staff across the country are doing to promote racial equity in their communities.

Links: Part 1: http://www.webjunction.org/news/webjunction/racial-equity-partone.html
Part 2: http://www.webjunction.org/news/webjunction/racial-equity-parttwo.html


Asian American Librarians and Library Services Activism, Collaborations, and Strategies

Format: Book

Description: In this comprehensive book, library professionals and scholars share best practices and strategies that convey the critical need for diversity in the LIS field, library programming, and resources to better reflect the rich and varied experiences and information needs of Asian Americans in the US and beyond.

Link: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442274914/Asian-American-Librarians-and-Library-Services-Activism-Collaborations-and-Strategies#

Citation:  Clarke, J. H., Pun, R., & Tong, M. (2017).  Asian American librarians and library services activism, collaborations, and strategies. Rowman & Littlefield.

Latinization of U.S. Schools: Successful Teaching and Learning in Shifting Cultural Contexts

Format: Book

Description: The Latinization of U.S. Schools centers on the voices of Latino youth. It examines how the students themselves make meaning of the policies and practices within schools. The student voices expose an inequitable opportunity structure that results in depressed academic performance for many Latino youth. Each chapter concludes with empirically based recommendations for educators seeking to improve their practice with Latino youth, stemming from a multiyear participatory action research project conducted by Jason Irizarry and the student contributors to the text.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Latinization-U-S-Schools-Successful-Narrative/dp/1594519595

Citation:  Irizarry, J. (2011). The Latinization of U.S. schools: Successful teaching and learning in shifting cultural contexts. New York: Routledge.

Dismantling Racism in Education

Format: Podcast & Blog Post

Description: Sonja Cherry-Paul, Sara Ahmed, and Cornelius Minor argue that not talking about racism is not a solution. In this podcast they address these questions: How do we have this conversation? How do we unravel assumptions about racism? How do we get started and move forward? How can these talks bring us together? 

Link: https://blog.heinemann.com/the-heinemann-podcast-dismantling-racism-in-education/?utm_content=64251242&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

Libraries, Literacy, and African American Youth Research and Practice

Format: Book

Description: This book draws on research from various academic fields to explore the issues surrounding African American literacy and to aid in developing culturally responsive school and library programs with the goal of helping to close the achievement gap and improve the quality of life for African American youth.

Link: http://www.abc-clio.com/ABC-CLIOCorporate/product.aspx?pc=A4801P

Citation: Hughes-Hassell, S., Bracy, P., &  Rawson, C.  (2016). Libraries, literacy, and African American youth: Research and practice. Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited.

Courageous Conversations About Race

Format: Book

Description: Singleton provides educators with tools to engage in candid conversations about race so that they can understand why racial inequities continue to persist. The book includes implementation exercises, prompts and tools to support discussion, activities and checklists for administrators, and action steps for creating an equity team.

Link: https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/courageous-conversations-about-race/book242855%20

Citation: Singleton, G. E. (2015). Courageous conversations about race: A field guide for achieving equity in schools (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools and Classrooms

Format: Book

Description: Building on established literature, new research, and case studies, H. Richard Milner IV explores the experiences of youth living in poverty and proposes effective practices  educators can use to create the best educational experience for these youth.

Link: http://hepg.org/hep-home/books/rac(e)ing-to-class

Citation: Milner IV, H. R. (2015). Rac(e)ing to class: Confronting poverty and race in schools and classrooms. Harvard Education Press, 2015.

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

Format: Book

Description:  in this provocative and personal call for change, Michael Eric Dyson argues that if we are to make real racial progress in the United States we must face difficult truths, including being honest about how Black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted. 

Link: https://us.macmillan.com/tearswecannotstop/michaelericdyson/9781250135995/

Citation: Dyson, M. E. (2017). Tears we cannot stop: A sermon to White America. New York: St. Martins Press.

Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race

Format: Book

Description: In this revised and updated bestselling work, Beverly Tatum explores the psychology of racism and the negative impact it has on youth of color and indigenous youth. Sharing real-life examples and current research about race, racism, and racial identity development, Tatum argues that understanding and talking about the dynamics of race in America has only become more urgent as the national conversation about race is increasingly acrimonious.

Link: https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/beverly-daniel-tatum/why-are-all-the-black-kids-sitting-together-in-the-cafeteria/9781541616585/

Citation: Tatum, B. D. (2017). Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the acfeteria? : and other conversations about race. New York :Basic Books, 2017.

Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation

Format: WebsiteRace Forward Logo

Description: Race Forward is a site dedicated to performing original research on racial justice, examining race and ethnicity, and working to explore the deeper significance of racism on injustice in society. Race Forward also publishes Colorlines, a news site that looks critically at daily breaking news through a racial focus. Race Forward professionals often speak publicly on racial issues, spearhead campaigns, and support initiatives by providing training and development workshops online and in person.  Further information about training and professional development they offer are included on their site.

Link: https://www.raceforward.org/

The Danger of a Single Story

Format: TED TalkA picture of Chimamanda Adichie

Description: A TED Talk by Chimamanda Adichie that discusses the importance of providing people with diverse literature and world views. Adichie talks about several personal instances of how a single story can be internalized by readers, as well as how it can affect individuals when approaching others. Throughout the talk Adichie emphasizes the innate power of stories and how important it is to find and engage with other people and their stories.

Link: https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story

Racial Equity Tools

Format: WebsiteThe Racial Equity Tools Logo

Description: The Racial Equity Tools website helps support those working towards racial equity by providing history, research, tips, tools, and learning modules. Separated into 6 broad sections, the website provides background information on concepts, theories, and research in ‘Fundamentals’; history, data, and tips for action planning in ‘Plan’; information on 17 strategy areas and valuable communication resources in ‘Act’; tools for self-assessment to help individuals improve, document, and define their work in ‘Evaluate’; an online forum to speak with other like-minded individuals in ‘Connect’; and learning modules and films in ‘Curricula’.

The Connect and Curricula sections require visitors to register for a site account to access.

Link: https://www.racialequitytools.org/about

Being Black is Not a Risk Factor: A Strengths Based Look at the State of the Black Child

Format: Report

Description:  A national report created by the National Black Child Development Institute that challenges the overemphasis on limitations and, instead,  focuses on the strengths of Black children, families, and communities. The report includes a mixture of essays from experts, information from organizations, and data focused on ways the Black community’s strengths improve outcomes for children, including examples of where Black children and families are succeeding.

Link: https://www.nbcdi.org/sites/default/files/resource-files/Being%20Black%20Is%20Not%20a%20Risk%20Factor_0.pdf

Citation: National Black Child Development Institute.(2013). Being Black is not a risk factor: A strengths based look at the state of the Black child. Washington, DC: National Black Child Development Institute. Retrieved from https://www.nbcdi.org/sites/default/files/resource-files/Being%20Black%20Is%20Not%20a%20Risk%20Factor_0.pdf

There Is No Apolitical Classroom: Resources for Teaching in These Times

Format: Article

The NCTE’s Standing Committee Against Racism and Bias has created a list of resources related to responsibly discussing and standing up to racism in the classroom and in the community. This document includes 6 sections: Resources for Working with White Students, Resources for Understanding White Supremacy, Charlottesville-Specific Resources, Resources for Understanding Bias, Articles and Other readings—with two subsections: Books for Teachers, and Books for Students—and a small list of Websites to Follow for other student books.

Link: http://blogs.ncte.org/index.php/2017/08/there-is-no-apolitical-classroom-resources-for-teaching-in-these-times/

Citation: National Council of Teachers of English Standing Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English. (2017, August 15). There is no apolitical classroom: Resources for teaching in these times. Retrieved from http://www2.ncte.org/blog/2017/08/there-is-no-apolitical-classroom-resources-for-teaching-in-these-times/

LGBTQ Youth of Color: Discipline Disparities, School Push-Out, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Format:  Report

Description: A set of three collaborative reports between GSA Network and Crossroads Collaborative connected to LGBTQ Youth and School Pushout released in 2014. The findings in these reports discuss how LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth, especially youth of color, disproportionately face not just bullying from peers but more policing, harsher restrictions, and discipline from school staff and administration. These reports are also accompanied by a small handout created by the Advancement Project and GSA Network on policy recommendations to help change the strenuous school climate for these youths.

PDF Link: https://gsanetwork.org/Pushout-Report

Citation: Burdge, H., Licona, A. C., Hyemingway, Z. T. (2014). LGBTQ youth of color: Discipline disparities, school push-out, and the school-to-prison pipeline. San Francisco, CA: Gay-Straight Alliance Network and Tucson, AZ: Crossroads Collaborative at the University of Arizona. Retrieved from https://gsanetwork.org/files/aboutus/LGBTQ_brief_FINAL-web.pdf

Burdge, H., Hyemingway, Z. T., Licona, A. C. (2014). Gender nonconforming youth: Discipline disparities, school push-out, and the school-to-prison pipeline. San Francisco, CA: Gay-Straight Alliance Network and Tucson, AZ: Crossroads Collaborative at the University of Arizona. Retrieved from https://gsanetwork.org/files/aboutus/GSA_GNC_FINAL-web.pdf

Advancement Project and GSA Network. (2014). School discipline disparities recommendations. San Francisco, CA: Gay-Straight Alliance Network and Washington, DC: Advancement Project. Retrieved from https://gsanetwork.org/files/aboutus/Recommendations_final.pdf

Supporting and Caring for our Latino LGBT Youth

The picture displayed is the front cover of the attached report which says Supporting and Caring for Our Latino LGBT Youth.Format: Report

Description: A report based in data gathered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in their 2012 Youth Report, and presented in collaboration with the League of United Latin American Citizens. This report focuses on a small sample of Latino youth who identify as LGBT, the challenges they face, and their experiences in comparison to non-Latino youth, and non-LGBT youth.

PDF Link: http://www.hrc.org/youth-report/latino-youth

Citation: Human Rights Campaign, & League of United Latin American Citizens. (2012). Supporting and caring for our Latino LGBT youth. Retrieved from http://www.hrc.org/youth-report/latino-youth/