Racial and social justice

The Texas State Teachers Association believes that the path to racial and social justice lies with education. As educators, it is our unique privilege and responsibility to model equity in our lesson plans, classrooms, behavior and communities. We understand that identifying and addressing our own biases is an ongoing and sometimes uncomfortable process and we are here to help. Below are resources you can use that amplify and celebrate racial and social equity in our schools, meaningful allyship, and restorative justice. Please contact us if you would like to receive more information about racial and social justice issues from TSTA.

Black Lives Matter @ School:

The National Education Association has a dedicated site for racial and social justice resources at NEA Ed Justice. This map shows where resolutions have passed to create police-free schools, as well as where there has been organizing by educators, students, or others mobilizing around this issue. Have information about your local resolution, petition or other organizing or mobilization efforts added to the map.

Messaging guidance for restorative justice and rethinking discipline

Messaging guidance for safe and equitable schools

Teaching Tolerance: Racial and social justice classroom resources, professional development, and other resources for educators. Associated with the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The Oakland Unified School District guide to implementing restorative justice practices in the classroom, the University of Michigan’s guide to creating inclusive classrooms, and a series of films from The New York Times educators can use to explore race, bias and identity with their students.

There are many books available for those who would like to do their own research on these issues. Here is a list of 20 anti-racist titles to get you started, as well as seven books about race to read to your kids.

Racial Equity Tools, a site designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity, offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level — in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.

If you are searching for an online community to connect with about these issues, you have many options. Groups like World Trust, Color of Change, Training for Change, Amplifier Art and many others are available to connect like-minded advocates to advance social justice and racial equity. Some of these organizations, including the Center for Racial Justice, Zinn Education Project, Teaching for Black Lives, Teaching for Change and the Abolitionist Teaching Network, are focused specifically on training and empowering educators to dismantle patterns of racism and injustice in schools.

Bored Teachers, the online educator forum, has their own list of more than 100+ free anti-racism resources for children and adults.