Teaching Resources

Silence is not the way to deal with the events of the past week. The murder of George Floyd has caused many in our nation to take a hard look at who we are and what we stand for when racism and hate come to the forefront of our national news and daily lives. 

The protests across our nation cannot be ignored. As educators we can't allow this week to go by without taking the time to directly address the harm that racism and hate cause.  We need to carry on open conversations with our children and each other now more than ever.  Just saying we are not racist is not enough.  We must all step up and take anti-racist action. As educators we can do that by educating ourselves and our students on active anti-racism. What can we do to stop the cycle? The Mercer Island Education Association continues to work every day to acknowledge and guide our members to stand up against racism and hate. I hope you will take the time to read the following links:

Teaching Tolerance Website

Racism - What Can I Do? Information

WE Are blog

NEA President Statement about George Floyd

Justice for George Floyd Website

A Living History Resource

Teaching Materials

Black Lives Matter Interactive Reading Room

Racial Equity Leadership Invitation

Make the World a Better Place Video - Lori Destwolinski

DoSomething.org - Take Action Website


UW Faculty & Staff Recommended Books

Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students. 2014. 1st Edition. by Zaretta L. Hammond

Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies: Teaching and Learning for Justice in a Changing World. 2017 by Django Paris

Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales. 1995 by Virginia Hamilton

Prairie Lotus (Kindle Edition) 2020 by Linda Sue Park

Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto. 2020 by Kevin M. Gannon

So You Want to Talk About Race. 2019 by Ijeoma Oluo

Teaching for Black Lives. 2019. Edited By Dyan Watson, Jesse Hagopian, Wayne Au

Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice: Conversations with Educators. 2013. Edited by Anita A. Wager and David W. Stinson

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. 2018 by  Robin DiAngelo