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A Social and Racial Justice Checklist for Safe, Healthy and Just Learning

Ask yourself these questions when planning or assessing digital instruction through a racial justice lens.

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Sample School Reopening Resolution: Ensuring Safe and Just Schools for All Students

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#HomeIsHere Toolkit for PreK-12 Educators, Leaders, and Policymakers

This toolkit provides information for educators, families, school leaders, and district and state leaders on how to take action after the Supreme Court announces the DACA ruling.

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Racial Justice Resources: Justice for Black Lives

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Black Communities on the Frontlines: The Inequality Crisis and COVID

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Standing Up to Hate and Bias Related to COVID-19

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Social and racial justice classroom, community resources: COVID-19 & more

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COVID-19 & Immigrant Communities: Your Questions Answered

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Native Communities Disproportionately Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic

The pandemic is hitting some tribal communities especially hard, underscoring existing health disparities, crowded housing conditions and water access issues that health experts fear could facilitate a devastating spread of the virus among Native Americans.

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COVID-19: Supporting LGBTQ Students During Distance Learning

NEA EdJustice and HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools have joined together to offer a checklist and resources to help educators and allies navigate how to best support LGBTQ students as schools make this unprecedented pivot to distance learning.

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Model Dress Code Policies 

Seattle Public Schools' "Inclusive Dress Policy for Students" for the 2019-20 school. The policy explicitly rejects hair discrimination.

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Model Dress Code Policies 

Gender neutral and equitable language used by Sellwood School in Portland, OR.

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Native American Regalia

Unfortunately, there are still a handful of school districts that persist in restricting Native American religious liberty. This insistence on uniformity of dress puts Native American students in the position of having to choose between participating in the celebration of a great accomplishment with their classmates or following their Native religious and cultural traditions. Below are resources for students and advocates looking to change narrow graduation dress codes.

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Indigenous People’s Day Teach-In

In partnership with the National Indian Education Association and Teach Rock, NEA is sharing Indigenous Peoples Day Teach-in lesson plans that bring Native American history, perspectives, and issues to life for students of all ages in the classroom through music and video from the documentary RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World. Click below to download the free Indigenous Peoples Day Teach-in lesson plans.

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White Nationalism

In the "Confronting White Nationalism in Schools" toolkit, the Western States Center shares strategies to counter white nationalist organizing via sample scenarios schools frequently encounter.

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Women Rising

NEA's "Women Rising: A Guide to Your Rights at Work" provides overview of the federal and state law protections that apply to women in the workplace, as well as guidance for taking action.

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Ed. Equity & Girls

Produced by the Oakland-based Alliance for Girls, the "Meeting the Needs of Girls" toolkit highlights the stories of girls of color who share how to improve equity in Oakland schools.

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Dress Coded

In "Dress Coded," the National Women’s Law Center and 21 black girls who live in D.C. expose common problems with D.C. dress codes, discusses their impact on students and propose better policies.

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Legal Guidance

NEA legal guidance on students’ rights when it comes to discrimination and harassment based on race, religion, national origin, or immigration status.

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DACA Renewal

"DACA Renewal: What's Next for You?" is a short slide show that provides information and guidance on renewing your DACA status.

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Immigration Training

This NEA presentation — "Supporting Immigrant Students & Families: Training for Educators" — was adapted from Education Austin’s series of Know Your Rights trainings for educators.

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DACA Slide Show

"DACA Renewal: What's Next for You?" is a short slide show that provides information and guidance on renewing your DACA status.

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Model School Code

A model school code on education and dignity, developed by Dignity in Schools, that presents a human rights framework for schools.

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Stop School Pushout

"Let Her Learn: Stopping School Pushout for Girls of Color" is a 28-page guide and toolkit produced by the National Women's Law Center.

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Restorative Practices

A guide for educators seeking to foster healthy relationships and promote positive discipline in schools.

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Lesson Plans

Black Lives Matter at School resources for educators, including books, videos, K-12 lesson plans and a 2020 curriculum resource guide.

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Correct(ed)

This series by James W. Loewen, emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Vermont, tackles problems in history that we often teach wrong — and how these are barriers to racial justice.

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Anti-Racist Vid Primer

A 10-part YouTube series of video “primers” for anti-racist white educators, created by two NEA activists.

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Bully-Free Toolkits

This collection of NEA toolkits and resources helps educators and education support professionals to identify bullying, intervene in a bullying incident, and advocate for bullied students.

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Implicit Bias Training

Online course that offers insights into how our minds operate, the origins of implicit associations, and strategies for uncovering and addressing your own biases.

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School Climate

Teaching Tolerance receives an alarming number of reports about hate and bias incidents in schools. In response, they created this package of their most-requested school climate materials.

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#MeTooK12 Campaign

This campaign by Stop Sexual Assault in Schools promotes awareness and inspires action to counteract pervasive sexual harassment and sexual violence in K-12 schools.

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Alliance for Girls

The Oakland-based Alliance for Girls is the largest regional alliance of girls' organizations and champions in the United States.

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See Her Succeed

This webinar by the National Women's Law Center provides a foundation of knowledge on the unique barriers marginalized girls and girls of color face - and how we can help them all succeed!

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Jump Start Your GSA

Learn how to establish or re-establish a Gay-Straight Alliance, identify your mission and goals, and assess your school's climate. Jump start your GSA to create safer schools for all!

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Support Trans Students

"Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools" offers recommendations and resources based on research and best practices that have been tested in the field.

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What Do You Say?

What do you say to "That's so gay" and other anti-LGBTQ comments? What can caring adults do? Stop it, don't ignore it, educate, and be pro-active!

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Webinars, Videos & Art

Webinars, videos, and art for action empower you to engage your communities to support students’ civil rights.

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School Board Activism

Whether you are a regular at your school board meetings or are just getting started, here are some tips to make your advocacy for our students the best it can be.

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Model Policies & FAQs

Find model school board policies to use as a guide for the strongest and most innovative protections for students’ civil rights.

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Tools for Educators

All students have a right to enroll in U.S. public schools, regardless of immigration status. Whether you’re an educator, a student or a family member of a Dreamer, it’s vital to know your rights.

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PowerPoint Training

This NEA presentation — "Supporting Immigrant Students & Families: Training for Educators" — was adapted from Education Austin’s series of Know Your Rights trainings for educators.

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Know Your Rights

Educators enjoy 1st Amendment protections, but they are strongest when engaging in activism outside of work. Click below to download the advisory for NEA members engaging in immigration advocacy.

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Mental Health Toolkit

We must address the mental health of our community and transform it with love.

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Supporting Our Youth

How educators can work with allies to ensure colleagues, students, and communities have the information and resources they need.

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ACLU: ‘We Have Rights’

The ACLU has a series of videos based on true stories offering advice on what to do when ICE is outside our doors, in our homes, stops us in our communities, and/or arrests us.

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Safe Zone Schools

Find out how to make your schools and school districts Safe Zones for immigrant students. View an interactive map to see which school districts have passed or are considering Safe Zones policies.

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Tools for Educators

All students have a right to enroll in U.S. public schools, regardless of immigration status. Whether you’re an educator, a student or a family member of a Dreamer, it’s vital to know your rights.

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Movement Building

Racial Justice and Movement Building: Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Colorado and Nationally

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The Suspension Crisis

Addressing the Out-of-School Suspension Crisis: A Policy Guide for School Board Members

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Model Policies

Key Elements of Policies to Address Discipline Disproportionality: A Guide for District and School Teams

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School Board Activism

Whether you're a regular at your school board meetings or just getting started, here are some tips on working with school boards and making your advocacy for students the best it can be.

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Ideas for Action

See how schools, cities and communities around the country are supporting Black Lives Matter at School.

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Talking About Race

See resources, including classroom appropriate lesson plans, along with guides on how to have tough conversations with peers and students.

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Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance is committed to educating for a diverse democracy. Discover and develop world-class materials with a community of educators committed to diversity, equity and justice.

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Research Review

A comprehensive review of research on ethnic studies programs by the NEA Research Department found that diversity courses boost critical thinking, academic achievement and problem-solving skills.

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Ethnic Studies Toolkit

Check out the resource toolkit at EthnicStudiesNow.com that was helpful in campaigns to make ethnic studies a graduation requirement at two of the largest school districts in California.

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Student Poets Playlist

Now is a good time to listen to young people as they speak out on what they want the future to hold.

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Resource Guide

Download the NEA resource guide: "Racial Justice in Education." Includes tools & resources for talking about race, racial equity assessments, strategic planning, taking action and more.

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Resources for DACA Renewal

Resources on DACA updates, tips for renewing DACA, FAQs and where to find local assistance for help in filing renewals.

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The 1619 Project

Links and resources about the comprehensive 1619 Project, which informs and challenges us to reframe U.S. history and better understand the hold of institutional racism on our communities.

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Protecting Our Students’ Civil Rights – Resources

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Black Lives Matter at School – Resources

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