Helpful Anti-Racism Resources from the Faculty, Staff, and Administration of Virginia Chance School

An interview with Pema Chodron where she talks about the possibility of more polarization in the current crisis and having compassion for the people, but not condoning the actions that come out of fear. I thought it actually fit so well into how we implement positive discipline at our school and what is happening in Louisville right now.  
 
This American Life, Act Two, with W. Kamau Bell is worth a listen
Teaching Tolerance: Teaching Hard History
 
 
This site is unbelievable! Black Past has biographies, information about events, and just a very expansive catalog of information. Good to boost our own knowledge so we are well informed in the classroom and our lives. This is the link to the teacher page but search through the whole site- it really is an amazing resource for history.
 
This podcast approaches some tough conversations that really need to be had right now.
 
Do's & Don'ts for celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day
 
Teach Thanksgiving in a Socially Responsible Way
 
 
 
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Shared with the entire school teaching and administrative staff on June 3rd, 2021 for Summer Learning. We will then spend time debriefing as a group and coming up with applications within the classroom prior to the start of school for '21-22:
 
Now that summer is almost here I wanted to pass along some great summer podcasts and a great film that you can explore over the break. 
 
Podcasts:
Invisibilia: The Culture Inside  - A super interesting podcast about hidden forces that affect our beliefs, ideas, decisions, and assumptions. This particular podcast episode is about implicit bias. 
Throughline: The Shadow of James Baldwin - A history podcast that connects events from the past to the present. In this episode Eddie Glaude Jr., who just wrote a biography of James Baldwin, talks about the urgency of the lessons James Baldwin was trying to teach us.
Hidden Brain: You 2.0 Empathy Gym - One of my favorite podcasts! Looking deeply at the unconscious patterns that drive behavior. This one is about flexing those empathy muscles. 
Unlocking Us: Tarana Burke and Brene on Being Heard and Seen - Another one of my favorite podcasts. Tarana Burke, the founder of the MeToo movement speaks to Brene Brown. I would also recommend exploring Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead, the episodes featuring Aiko Bethea, Yaba Blay, and Priya Parker have a great DEIB focus. 
Gabby Rivera's Joy Revolution- Writer Gabby Rivera's podcast asks: "How do you prioritize joy?" Gabby starts the first podcast speaking about her queer latinx experience, and she thinks we all need some bouncy revolutionary joy to thrive. And a warning: there is some swearing.  
Nice White Parents - A collaboration from Serial from NYTimes about school integration.
This American Life: The Problem We All Live With- A great radio show in general and this particular episode is about inequity and school segregation.
Teaching While White: Whiteness Visible An introduction to Unpacking the invisible knapsack of white privilege. 
Ted Talks Daily: Heather C. McGhee: Racism Has a Cost for Everyone  Heather McGhee just wrote a really amazing book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. It was amazing, this short TED talk might peak your interest!
Water for Teachers: Cornelius Minor - The opening minutes of this podcast where host Shamari reads a letter to teachers made me feel so seen. And I love all the equity/literacy work that Cornelius and the Minor Collective do. They bring so much love and empathy to their radically pro-kid approach to equity. 
This Is Uncomfortable: The Fight For Fair Pay in Big Tech - A podcast about money, but also equity and bias. There are many interesting episodes, and there are moments of great examination of bias, class, and intersectionality. I would also suggest the episodes: "Why don't You Fix Your Teeth?" and "Pretty Hurts". 
Third Space- Jen Cort is an education consultant in equity, inclusion, diversity, and justice. She has many great guests and 
Ten Percent Happier: How to Be Courageous with Stacy McClendon - One of my favorite podcasts, and this episode was just incredible. It resonated so deeply with some of the work we've done together this year-- having difficult conversation, belonging, and having compassion.  
 
Reflecting on Anti Bias Education in Action: The Early Years - I was just so impressed and inspired by this film. I highly recommend checking it out!
 
 
From the National Museum of African American History and Culture: The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth
From the New York Times: So You Want To Learn About Juneteenth?
A podcast from NYTimes: The History and Meaning of Juneteenth
Be Antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi - 'The Juneteenth Mixtape'
 
One more half day and then... Happy Summer!
 
Corinne Kamiya
Preschool Teacher
Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator