Anti-Racism and Anti-Bias Resources

A Focus on Transformative Social-Emotional Learning

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We’re committed to addressing racial injustice and helping you drive real change in your school communities. These resources will help you implement social-emotional learning (SEL) in a way that builds on students’ cultural assets, critically examines systems of power, and develops better ways of teaching, learning, and being. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) calls this transformative SEL. Engaging in this form of SEL is challenging—it pushes us to question long-standing beliefs, assumptions, and policies—but it is necessary to move toward a more just and equitable future.

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Resources for School and District Administrators

We believe that transformative SEL needs to happen with students, among educators, and at the whole-school level. These resources can help school leaders reimagine and redesign their practices and policies through an SEL and equity framework.

Resources for Educators

Developing social-emotional competencies is a lifelong and reflection-driven process. This is even more true of transformative SEL. These resources for understanding educational inequity, developing cultural literacy, and learning actionable strategies for the classroom can empower educators to make equity a priority and create inclusive spaces for all students.

Resources for Working with Students

These resources include curated lessons for educators and schools looking to integrate anti-racism and anti-bias concepts into their SEL work, plus a reading list dedicated to promoting healthy racial identity development in youth.

  • Learning for Justice published an article on “speak up” strategies tailored to anti-Asian harassment. The speak up strategies can also be translated to a lesson plan.

  • The University of Connecticut Asian and Asian American Studies Institute partnered with the #IAMNOTAVIRUS campaign and the Asian American Literary Review to provide Asian American students with a mental health workbook. This workbook is most appropriate for high school students.

  • Learning for Justice, a respected leader in the field of anti-racism and anti-bias work, has designed a robust set of free lessons with direct instruction on identity, diversity, justice, and action that complement and enhance SEL skills. We’ve curated a set of lessons aligned to Second Step® Elementary and Second Step® Middle School. These lessons are aligned by Second Step® unit, lesson, and grade, as well as CASEL core competencies and social justice domains. We recommend teaching these lessons in tandem with your Second Step implementation.

  • The Conscious Kid offers a diverse children’s book library that centers underrepresented and oppressed groups.

  • Facing History and Ourselves is an excellent free resource for all teachers who want to integrate anti-racist lessons into their classrooms. It’s particularly well-suited for history and social studies teachers.

  • Facing History and Ourselves provides materials to help educators learn and teach about antisemitism and religious intolerance and related classroom materials.

Resources from Committee for Children

Resources for educators, schools, and families brought to you by Committee for Children, the nonprofit behind the Second Step® family of programs.

Learning for Justice and Second Step® Programs Alignment Charts

This chart shows how selected Learning for Justice lessons align to the Second Step® Elementary and Second Step® Middle School digital programs.

Superhero Captain Compassion Empowers Kids to Prevent Race-Based Bullying

Our 2020 Captain Compassion® campaign teaches kids and adults to use their bystander power and provides guidance on how to recognize, report, and refuse bullying of racial- and ethnic-minority youth.

Race- and Equity-Related Episodes and Materials from The Imagine Neighborhood™ Podcast

This popular podcast for families helps kids explore and understand the big feelings that come with growing up.

For Educators Aspiring Toward Allyship

In this limited blog series, Senior Implementation Specialist Casey Escola reflects on her allyship journey as an educator.

How SEL Policy Can Contribute to Issues of Equity

We’re committed to improving specific issues related to our priority areas—SEL, child protection, and bullying prevention—that disproportionately impact the Black community and communities of color.

We Want to Hear from You

If you have suggestions about additional resources, or if there are ways we can better serve you in your work around anti-racism and equity in your school or district, please contact us using the form below.

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