Resources

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Let’s Talk: A Community Discussion on Racism Event

The Let’s Talk Event Series will continue through the summer with additional events specifically for students to provide them with the opportunity to to talk about current events in a format that will empower them to identify problems and create solutions in advocating for change. Additional information is available on the Community Engagement webpage.


The following is a list of resources that provide families with additional information to support them with improving diversity, equity and inclusion. While these resources have been reviewed by the APS Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, APS does not endorse or support any of the organizations that developed the resources below.

A Message From the Superintendent and School Board

The tragic death of George Floyd and many others before him, as well as the events that have unfolded since, are bringing into stark focus the pervasive injustice and inequality that African Americans face every day in our society from systemic and institutionalized racism. Read full statement

Student & Family Resources

National Museum of African American History & Culture: Talking with Children about Race and Racism
Our goal is to help children understand what race is, how it operates in society, and why race in America is important. We hope the ideas and resources help guide the conversations with your children as they discover how race plays a part in all of our lives.

NPR: Talking Race with Young Children
A video for families on how to handle conversations about race, racism, diversity and inclusion, even with very young children.

EmbraceRace
As U.S. racial divisions and inequities grow sharper and more painful, the work of envisioning and creating systems of authentic racial inclusion and belonging in the United States remains work in progress. We believe that reversing the trend must begin in our homes, schools, and communities with our children’s hearts and minds.

Staff Resources

How to be an Antiracist Educator
“As a social and emotional learning (SEL) practitioner-scholar, I am fortunate to get invitations to support schools and districts all over the United States. When schools and districts learn that I address SEL within the larger sociopolitical context, integrating culturally responsive and SEL practices to ensure equitable student outcomes, some are excited.”

Leading Equity Podcast
The Leading Equity Podcast focuses on supporting educators with the tools and resources necessary to ensure equity at their school. On this podcast, listeners can expect to hear interviews and stories from voices of equity in education today. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and Spotify!

Articles

The New York Times: Impact of Racism on Children’s Health
A new statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics looks at the effects of racism on children’s development, starting in the womb.

The Washington Post: They Were Raised to be ‘Colorblind’ — but Now More White Parents are Learning to Talk About Race
“The family had been talking about Black History Month over dinner on a recent February weeknight, and Kirstin Cassell, a clinical social worker in Greensboro, N.C., had asked her children what their classrooms were doing to celebrate. But it wasn’t until later, after the plates were cleared away and the younger children had wandered off, that Cassell’s 12-year-old son admitted he was bothered by something at school.”

HuffPost: 3 Questions White Students Should Ask Themselves Before Checking In On Black Classmates
“I encourage you to consider what the true needs of your Black classmates are at this moment — are you truly needed in their space?”


Contact the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Arron Gregory at 703-228-6269 or arron.gregory@apsva.us.