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Carrying the Fight for Racial Equity in Our Schools


If we are to build on the momentum of the past week to dismantle systemic racism, schools and classrooms must be co-conspirators in the fight for racial equity. This email presents a curated selection of our recent articles on race and equity that we have unlocked so that all educators can equip themselves with key knowledge and resources to press for change in their communities. 

Since our founding more than 75 years ago, ASCD has been an organization dedicated to the proposition that equity matters—and that education must be for all children. We are committed to supporting individuals, school leaders, and frontline workers in this ongoing work to ensure that schools lay the foundation for necessary change. Read more on our Racial Justice and Equity resource page.

Keep the conversation going. Share these ASCD resources with your friends and colleagues on social media.

What Black Educators Built

Vanessa Siddle Walker

Segregation-era black educators set the groundwork for an equitable and aspirational education system for all. How can we get back to their vision?

How to Be an Antiracist Educator

Dena Simmons

Educators have an obligation to confront the harm of racism, says one social-emotional learning expert. She shares five steps educators can take to teach for an antiracist future.

Webinar: Effective School Leadership During a Global Pandemic and Social Unrest

Baruti Kafele

Baruti Kafele provides attendees with strategies for maintaining leadership effectiveness during what will likely be the greatest challenge that they will ever encounter in their leadership careers.

Widening the Lens: A Conversation with Beverly Daniel Tatum

Anthony Rebora

Educators need to ensure that students of color see themselves as part of the picture, says the renowned psychologist and author.

Avoiding Racial Equity Detours

Paul Gorski

Students experiencing racism can't wait for schools to move at their own pace and comfort level.

Fighting the Jeffersonian Dismissal Matthew R. Kay A founding father's short-sided views on race challenges educators to consider how black people are reflected in curricula. Why We Can't Afford Whitewashed Social-Emotional Learning Dena Simmons Students live in a world wrestling with injustice. By designing social-emotional learning experiences that question and confront inequity, educators give students the skills to navigate (and ultimately change) an unjust world.


Becoming the Educator They Need: Strategies, Mindsets, and Beliefs for Supporting Male Black and Latino Students

Robert Jackson


Cultural Competence Now: 56 Exercises to Help Educators Understand and Challenge Bias, Racism, and Privilege

Vernita Mayfield


Culture, Class, and Race: Constructive Conversations That Unite and Energize Your School and Community

Brenda CampbellJones, Shannon Keeny and Franklin CampbellJones


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