The world as educators are watching is once again in flux. However, our job as educators and members of a community is to shift to the needs of the community. Sometimes this will mean that we change to be a part of our local community and sometimes it means connecting our community to the world.
Most staff know that they have no control over the things that worry the students they work with, but without a doubt, it does no one any good to hide their head in the sand.
There is a challenge in the sense that just having resources is not enough. Addressing inequity in our schools particularly if your site is not interested in addressing inequity takes some introspection on the part of each educator. It takes being able to honor the words and the potential for each student to contribute. Just like a student with a disability, their race is something that contributes to the fabric of that student and not just a part of them. There are many resources out there, however, learning to filter through all of those resources is quite a challenge.
Most staff know that they have no control over the things that worry the students they work with, but without a doubt, it does no one any good to hide their head in the sand.- R. H. Marquez
The resources we selected, are primarily focused on race, however, some introduce the cross over between race and disability. We have included a variety of media formats.
Before you keep scrolling, we receive no compensation for mentioning any of these websites or books. Additionally, the links may change over time. We are not responsible for the content on other websites, nor does the order of our list has no implication of ‘better’ or preferred.
Brooking’s Institute Articles
Cult of Pedagogy
Education Leaders of Color
Blog from EdWeek
Implicit Bias Testing
Learn Play Thrive
An article about the intersection of disability and race https://www.learnplaythrive.com/single-post/Racism?fbclid=IwAR3R6w_nDxP8qLZdpzE29a4tpgjO2aeMbT9vEJjYfRvNeLtybg2rwgGZN38&utm_campaign=buffer&utm_content=bufferb0e84&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com
Mental Health Issues Facing the Black Community
Teach for America
University of Connecticut
Washington Post Article
We Are Teachers
The book list will grow over time. These are a few we thought we’d share.
A book List from Edutopia—some books we highlighted are included on this list, but there are others on this list that are worth looking at.
Separate Is Never Equal Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation
A true story of Sylvia Mendez going to the California Supreme Court to attend a school in her own neighborhood. This is a primarily California story, however, this case impacted Brown V. Board of Education, occurring ten years prior to the Supreme Court Case.
High School and Beyond
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
A fictional story of a teen witness to a police shooting. A deep look at what it means to be African American across socio-economic status, social challenges, and the backdrop to the modern world.
Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation into Space by Margot Lee Shetterly
The true account of the women and their experiences in launching John Glenn into space. A story about building community, about adversity, and about the pursuit of equality in a single United States Federal Agency during a time when equity was not offered either by race or by gender.
Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of Disability Rights by Judith Heumann and Kristen Joiner
Judith Heumann is one of the leading voices in the path for equality for people with disabilities. Her story encompasses her experiences as a child and as an adult.
Movies and Related Media
A filmmaker surrounding his work with documentaries about education and disability.
A self-advocate and his videos on YouTube.
Now on Netflix, this documentary looks at a specific year at a camp for people with disabilities and the impact they had on the country for other people with disabilities.
Wretches and Jabbers
A documentary following two adults with autism and their journeys to learn to communicate.
Peanut Butter Falcon
A fictional story of an adult with an Intellectual Disability who leaves his home to pursue a dream and the people he encounters who help make one dream possible.
A YouTube Channel for those who use sign language. Expect to see American Sign Language, British Sign Language, and Australian Sign Language (AUSLAN).