The Montgomery County Intermediate Unit remains committed to serving all students and families, staff, and members of our community. We hope to contribute to the processes of healing and change while growing our sense of togetherness. The following resources have been curated in hopes of assisting families in navigating difficult conversations in their homes that are essential in changing the pattern of racial injustices that permeate the history of our country.
Resources for Teaching About Race and Social Justice: View a list of lesson plans, teaching ideas, discussion guides and online resources to help teachers address the crucial issues of racial equity and social justice in the classroom. Materials are linked by grade level.
George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What do we tell our children?: These deaths are part of a more complex story, one some parents have been telling for generations, and others have long felt they’ve had the luxury to ignore. Experts in child psychology and race-based stress say these conversations are essential for all parents to have, and they underscore that there are developmentally appropriate ways to talk to children of all ages about racism and police brutality.
Teaching Tolerance: A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center: Providing resources to help spur much-needed discussion around implicit bias and systemic racism as well as techniques to empower your students in enacting changes that will create a more just society.
How to talk to your child about race (ages 5 to 8): As with other tough topics, it helps to talk to your child early and often about race. Embarrassment or silence gives your child the impression that the topic is off-limits or that a bigoted remark is accurate and acceptable to you. Children look to their parents for moral cues, and they’ll learn from your actions as well as your words.
How to talk about race with your kids: It’d be wonderful if you could just say to children, “People might look different and come from different places, but we’re all equal and should be treated the same” and leave it at that. But if recent news has taught us anything, it’s that reality is not so simple, and we need to face the topics of race and racism head-on
How to teach your kids about race: The world is made up of a beautiful blend of colors and races. Teaching our children about race doesn’t need to be difficult or scary.
Teaching responsibility and Values | Discussing Racism: A resource providing information on how to discuss racism and tolerance with your kids. From strengthening understanding through personal experiences to charitable giving experiences, learn ways to instill social responsibility in our youth.
Picture Books that Teach Kids to Combat Racism: Books are a great teaching tool, especially when it comes to talking to kids about tough subjects. Many parents might struggle with talking to their kids about institutionalized racism and prejudice and I hope these picture books about racism will help, because an open and honest dialogue is the only way our kids can work to combat the problem so that they and their friends can live in a better society.
An Antiracist Reading List (Adults): A collection of books to help America transcend its racist heritage: a stepladder to antiracism, each step addressing a different stage of the journey toward destroying racism’s insidious hold on all of us.
Philadelphia Anti-Defamation League: ADL is a leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today, ADL continues to fight ALL forms of hate with the same vigor and passion.