Equity-based Teaching Resources

Equity-based Teaching Resources

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is a civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage. ADC, which is non-profit, non-sectarian and non-partisan, is the largest Arab-American grassroots civil rights organization in the United States.  They offer a selection of resources and lesson plans on Arab culture, history and religion.

The Children’s Peace Education & Anti-Bias Library

Their interactive database allows you to look up books for young children by identity group, topic, or type of book.   In order for books to be included in the library they must contain rich, enticing language; beautiful art work; and stories or poems that delight. The books must support child development in one or more of the peace education strands and cannot perpetuate stereotypes about any group of people or carry hurtful messages that misinform children about their world.

The Equity Alliance

Devoted to research and school reform efforts that promote equity, access, participation and outcomes for all students.  The Equity Alliance also houses a variety of research based equity related initiatives:  International Comparative Research on Educational Equity, The Disability, Culture, and Equity book series, Special Education Leadership grant for School-Wide Equity and Access, International Multilingual Research Journal.

Bullying and Substance Abuse

This piece on bullying does a nice job of sharing information about both perpetrators as well as victims, something I have had trouble finding on other sites.  Most work on bullying tends to only focus on victims when, as educators, we know that perpetrators need as much, if not more, support to recognize and address their behavior and underlying issues.  In addition, The Bully Project has loads of helpful resources, including some in Spanish.  Still waiting for a resource that focuses on race-based bullying!


Oyate means “The People.”  This NativeAmerican/American Indian advocacy and education organization reviews children’s literature and advocates for Native Americans/American Indians to be portrayed with historical accuracy, cultural appropriateness and without anti-Indian bias and stereotypes.

Rethinking Schools

Rethinking Schools is a non-profit independent publisher of a quarterly newspaper, an online journal, books, and other social justice based educational materials.  They advocate the reform of elementary and secondary public schools with an emphasis on urban schools and issues of equity and social justice.Rethinking Schools remains firmly committed to equity and to the vision that public education is central to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy.  Rethinking Schools emphasizes problems facing schools, particularly racism.

Student Activism In School Resource

Resources, Inspiration And Expert Advice For Making A Difference On And Off Campus.  Student activism has surged in the last decade, with young campaigners calling on leaders to right wrongs, erase inequalities and secure the future of our planet. But this is nothing new: Student activists led the charge during the Civil Rights Movement and were early adopters of environmentalism. While peaceful protests and petitions are still important parts of their toolbox, today’s student activists are expanding activism to the web and social media. The guide explains what it means to be a student activist and where to find support for certain causes. It also provides tools and guidance on how to create goal-oriented, effective rallies for change.

Teaching for Change

Teaching for Change provides tools to transform schools into centers of justice based on the belief that schools can provide students the skills, knowledge and inspiration to be citizens and architects of a better world — or they can fortify the status quo. By drawing direct connections to ‘real world’ issues, they encourage teachers and students to question and re-think the world, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens.

Teaching for Tolerance

Founded in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation’s children.  They provide free educational materials to teachers and other school practitioners in the U.S. and abroad, including free curricular kits. They also sponsor the annual Mix It Up at Lunch Day program.

Of special interest is their Teaching Diverse Students Initiative which offers educators a collection of research-based tools and resources designed to improve the teaching of racially and ethnically diverse students.

WISE: Working to Improve Schools and Education
A list of information and resources about issues in education and teaching, which are a product of ongoing work by Jeff Claus, at Ithaca College and students in one of his courses. The purpose is to help students interested in teaching develop greater sociocultural understanding and skill and a critically reflective framework for making informed decisions about issues of educational policy and practice.

Of special interest is the section on African-American Experience and Issues of Race and Racism in U.S. Schools 

The Zinn Education Project

The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the use of Howard Zinn’s book A People’s History of the United States and other materials for teaching a people’s history in middle and high school classrooms. The website offers more than 85 free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level.


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