Recent events in our nation have once again put a spotlight on a long legacy of racism, violence and white supremacy in our communities. As COVID-19 continues to ravage communities of color, the recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubrey, and Breonna Taylor have highlighted an inherently broken system and illustrated how deep injustice runs through our health, income, housing, education and policing systems.

In her statement on the murder of George Floyd, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García said, “We must examine how white supremacy culture impacts our biases, our practices, and the policies in our own schools and communities. It is our responsibility as educators to create the space for students to explore, by first evaluating our own biases, privilege and collusion”.

NEA is committed to working with educators towards eradicating racist systems that keep students from attaining the best public education possible. The following resources can help promote deeper understanding around the issues of racism and violence with colleagues, students and families.

NEA Racial Justice in Education Resource Guide
NEA Center for Social Justice

  • Why racial equity & justice?
  • Talking race
  • Tools for assessment, strategic planning and action
Black Lives Matter at School Week 
NEA Center for Social Justice
Resources to help facilitate conversations about race any time of year, including classroom appropriate lesson plans, guides on how to have tough conversations with peers and students, and more.
Read Across America Book Recommendations
Read Across America
Selected by educators, NEA’s Read Across America includes books that students can see themselves reflected in, as well as books that allow readers to see a world or a character that might be different than them.
Video “Primers” for Anti-racist White Educators
NEA Center for Social Justice
Inspired by their own experiences working with students, teachers Luke Michener and Terry Jess offer advice to other white educators who are committed to racial equity in education but may not know where to begin.
Marley Dias Video
NEA YouTube Channel
For Marley Dias, the call to activism began with books. Frustrated by not seeing other Black girls as the main characters in the books in her school library, she decided to take action and make a change by launching the wildly successful social media project, #1000blackgirlbooks.
NEA: Visually Speaking Series: The Playlist
NEA YouTube Channel
Visually Speaking is a photo/video social justice project that invites educators and students to talk about the issues that affect them most.
Microcredentials for Educators – Online Courses

NEA’s certification bank includes courses to help educators adopt restorative justice practices, cultivate socially just environments, challenge inequity, examine intersections of race, gender, and sexual orientation, and create classroom culture that cultivates relationships among all learners.
Resources for Talking about Race, Racism and Racialized Violence with Kids
Center for Racial Justice in Education
Teaching About Race, Racism and Police Violence
Southern Poverty Law Center/Teaching ToleranceBlack Lives Matter
Southern Poverty Law Center/Teaching Tolerance

Systemic Racism Explained (Video)
Talking About Racism and Violence with Students: Resources for Educators
Colorin’ Colorado
These resources can help promote deeper understanding around the issues of racism and violence. They also can contribute to discussion of these topics with colleagues and students during this difficult time, even at a distance.
Say Her Name Campaign
African American Policy Forum
A movement that calls attention to police violence against Black women, girls and femmes and demands their stories be integrated into the calls for justice, policy changes and police violence.
Reflecting on George Floyd’s Death and Police Violence Towards Black Americans
Facing History and Ourselves
TED Talk Playlist
Talks to help you understand racism in America.
Talking About Race
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. These are tools and guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation.
Race Works Toolkits
Stanford Center for Comparitive Studies in Race & Ethnicity

A series of short films and activities featuring the latest Stanford scholarship about how people do race and how to undo racism

10 Documentaries to Watch about Race Instead of Asking a Person of Color to Explain Things for You

10 important documentaries about race, racial prejudices and privilege within our society.

White Supremacy & Anti-Blackness: A Covert & Overt Beast

Displays a pyramid that describes all of the ways that white supremacy moves, and especially takes stock of the covert ways.
Scaffolded Anti-racism Resources A working document for scaffolding anti-racism resources. The goal is to facilitate growth for white folks to become allies, and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work.
Resources for Accountability and Actions for Black Lives A live document compiled by Carlisa Johnson on 5/27/20. Updated daily as more resources and information becomes available.
Anti-Racism Resources This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen anti-racism work.