Social Emotional Learning: Confronting Racism,Preventing Racial Violence,Raising Anti-Racist Children



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They defend and protect the civil rights and civil liberties of New Yorkers, and this includes your right to assemble, demonstrate, and protest in New York. This presentation is tailored for high school age students and their families and will focus specifically on knowing your rights while out protesting.


Topics covered include:

  • What does it mean to protest?
  • What are your rights when protesting?
  • How do you interact with police in NYC while protesting?
  • What should you do when you feel your rights have been violated?
  • Who should you contact?

Rosa Parks said, "You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right." Rosa Parks was also secretary of the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP and attended the Highlander Folk School, a center for training activists for workers' rights and racial equality. You must know your rights to safely exercise your rights!


We will be using the Microsoft Teams platform which has a maximum capacity of 250 people for each session. While there is limited capacity, we will record the sessions, and share at a later date.

The links are below:


SESSION 1: Wednesday, June 10th, 3:00 - 4:00 PM


SESSION 2: Wednesday, June 10th, 5:00 - 6:00 PM


Resources to support educators & families in engaging with children about racism, racial violence & to support the raising of anti-racist children.


Articles & Lessons

2020 Curriculum Resource Guide (K-12) 

Aha Talking to children about race, racism, and police brutality

guidance on how to modify your conversation for toddlers to teens. It also gives ideas for how children can take action.

Anti-Defamation League: Engaging Young People in Conversations about Race and Racism

Books for Littles: Anti-Racism for Kids 101: Starting to Talk About Race

Beginner’s guide to talking about race (includes key messages and a list of books you can read aloud together) across various ages 

Child Mind Institute: Racism & Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News

CNN and 'Sesame Street' to host a town hall addressing racism

Facing History and Ourselves
Bearing Witness: The Death of George FloydA Reckoning Amidst the PandemicViolence and Backlash (lesson)  

Embrace Race: 10 Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids about Race

Montessori Educators Group for Social Justice: Resources for Talking to Children About Race and Racism

Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility: Listening Circle for George Floyd
Conversation starters and protocol for open discussion for teachers and families - fact based background on the recent killings of African Americans: George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubrey and Breonna Taylor and discussion points and material around police brutality and protest.

The New York Times:
 The Learning Network : A Conversation about Growing up Black
 The Impact of Racism of Children’s Health

PBS Newshour Extra: Death of George Floyd Sets Off Massive Protests (Lessons)

Something Happened in Our Town

Animation series for young children telling the story of a white family and a black family as they discuss a police shooting of an unarmed black man. Themes include racial bias, injustice, modeling conversations about race, empowerment, appreciation of diversity, and positive community support. 

Teaching Tolerance
Don’t Say Nothing
Educator  Jamila Pitts makes the point that when we avoid the conversation with students and our own children, we are sending the message that it doesn't matter or that we are too afraid to discuss. Our silence speaks volumes.
Let’s Talk: Discussing Race, Racism, and other Difficult Topics with StudentsRace and Ethnicity Resources 

Washington Post: They Were Raised to be ‘Colorblind’ — but Now More White Parents are Learning to Talk About Race

We Teach NYC
Lessons on Racism
Lessons on Civic Education 

Yes Magazine: 7 Reminders for White Parents Talking to Their Kids About Police Killing Black People

Tips for helping parents talk to their kids about police violent, thinking through how privilege contributes to bias. 


 1619 (New York Times)

About Race

Embrace Race: How to Talk to Kids about Race and Justice

EmbraceRace cofounders, Melissa Giraud and Andrew Grant-Thomas, speak to On Point Radio host, Meghna Chakrabarti, on MLK Day. 1/20/20

Fare of the Free Child podcast

Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast

Code Switch

Having 'The Talk': Expert Guidance On Preparing Kids For Police Interactions  A panel of experts: a child psychiatrist, a former public defender and a police officer provide tips for talking with children about police violence.
Talking Race with Young Children
Babies as young as 6 months old notice race and even show signs of racial bias. This 20 minute podcast makes the case and provides tips for talking with very young children about race and racism

Parenting Forward podcast episode ‘Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt’

Pod For The Cause (from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)

Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)

Seeing White



Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers (50:48)

TED Talks
TEDx Talk Dr. Beverly Tatum: Is My Skin Brown Because I Drank Chocolate Milk?  In this TEDx Talk, Dr. Beverly Tatum addresses our earliest experiences of race and how to talk about these early experiences as a caring adult.
TEDx Talk, Jay Smooth: How I learned to stop worrying and Love Discussing Race  In this TEDx Talk, host Jay Smooth of the Underground Radio addresses how to confront tough issues of bias when they come up with vulnerability and humility.
TEDX Talk, Peggy McIntosh: How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion
Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools (18:26)



31 Children's Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism and Resistance

Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins

Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: Books for Children and Young Adults

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower
by Dr. Brittney Cooper

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock 

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga

When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD

Be an Ally

Article: “Your Black Co-Workers May Look Like They Are Ok, Chances Are They Are Not”

“White people, here’s how to be a better ally and proactively anti-racist. It’s not enough to just say you’re not racist.” How White People Can Work for Racial Justice

A guide to how you can support marginalized communities

Anti-Racism Resources Rhonda Magee on Her Inner Work of Racial Justice
Law professor Rhonda Magee applies her deep meditation practice to the difficult waters of racially-charged interactions.