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“Better Together: Racial Justice and the LGBT Community”

This report “prepared by the Applied Research Center (ARC) in partnership with the Arcus Foundation, this study examines the relationship between racial justice organizations and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities, finding the lack of resources, funding, and community support are obstacles to engagement between the two communities.”

Planning to Change the World- A Planbook for Social Justice Teachers

Planning to Change the World — Planning to Change the World.

2010-2011 Planbook for Social Justice Teachers from the Education for Liberation Network.

Check out the teacher feedback video on the right hand side of the screen. Lots of great tips on how they used the planbook.

“Delicate Balance”

“This article explains that by integrating English Language Learners into the larger school community, all teachers develop an awareness of the important role of academic language in the content area

“Before you can know your students, you really have to know yourself” Dr. Sonia Nieto

Teaching Tolerance has developed a professional development resource titled “The Teaching Diverse Students Initiative“.  Let me start by saying that there is an abundance of knowledge to be gained by digging around the TDSi website.  At first I felt  a little overwhelmed and excited because I stumbled upon a gold mine of multi-cultural teaching resources! It’s the little things right?

Start by creating a user name (don’t let this turn you off-it took less than 2 mins!). Once you are in, you will have access to:

tools: Understanding the Influence of Race, The Common Beliefs Survey

case studies: Engaging English Language Learners- “This case explores what educators can do to meet the language and literacy needs of ELL students in a content area like science”.

references: Find great titles like

  • Ladson-Billings, G. (1995). But That’s Just Good Teaching! The Case for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy. Theory into Practice, 34(3), 159-65.
  • Valenzuela, A. (2008). Uncovering Internalized Oppression. In M. Pollock (Ed.), Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School (pp. 50-55). New York: The New Press.

and much much more!

On this website you can hear from experts in the field of Multi-Cultural Education (via short video clips)  such as Dr. Sonia Nieto of University of Massachusetts, Amherst;  Mica Pollock of Harvard University and more.

Discussion groups are offered so that we can all explore this complex issue that affects every one of us.  Discussion is encouraged with this reminder : “be sure to give room for varied outlooks on this very sensitive topic as you respond to others’ posts”.

As you explore the many many resources of the Teaching Diverse Students Initiative please share with me what you like and don’t like.  What was helpful, what provoked those “a-ha! I get it” moments, what brought the tears on, and what keeps you motivated.

Mica Pollock (author of  Because of Race: How Americans Debate Harm and Opportunity in Our Schools & Colormute: Race Talk dilemmas in an American School)  speaks the truth when she says: “these conversations are hard, and we all know that, sometimes i worry about what I say in these conversations.  But we have to have a readyness to struggle and to talk because these conversations are necessary for our society”.