A Library of Anti-Racist Resources for Educators

Welcome! This is a living, growing library of anti-racism resources submitted by educators like you – for educators like you. We’ve heard from so many of you, reaching out to share materials and ask for help. This is a collection of resources you’re finding helpful and wanted to share with others who are also working to make their practices more equitable and inclusive.

So … how does it work? Below you’ll find a collection of anti-racist resources for educators, all shared by your fellow teachers. Each resource comes with a reflection from the teacher who submitted it, including notes like “What is it?”, “Why is it meaningful?” and “How’s it useful?” Check back each month for new updates – and if you have a resource, strategy or lesson you’d like to see added, please share your recommendation here:

Recommend a resource!


Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

In a letter to his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates gives us true and beautiful, yet deeply painful, words. He gives us a powerful framework of U.S. history and its endless wheel of racism. He describes what it means to live in a country where Black bodies are under continuous threat and where ‘no one is held responsible.’ Through his incredibly raw words, Coates reminds me that I get to do better as an educator. I have the opportunity to transform the perceptions future generations have about our world.Educator Chelsea E. Gilbert

Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain, by Zaretta Hammond

“[This book] has helped shift my thinking on how to better incorporate culturally responsive teaching in the classroom to meet the needs of all of my students and build rigor in their learning. I found that this book helps to make practical changes in your classroom that would support students in becoming independent learners.”Teacher Keenan Lee 

“In Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain, Hammond explains how traditional methods of instruction are based on the dominant culture’s perception of education. These methods contribute to the achievement gap as well as limit the cognitive development of underrepresented groups, specifically ELL and students of color. Hammond weaves the importance of understanding how one’s culture influences their cognitive learning process. Applying neuroscience research, Hammond identifies key instructional strategies that support the growth mindset of culturally responsive teaching practitioners.”Teacher Michelle Ellis 

Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School, by Mica Pollock 

“This book is a fantastic tool to use when committing to anti-racist and equitable practices in education. Each section contains several short essays on various education subjects that are easily digestible and great for discussion within a team. The book is filled with powerful strategies and practices you can easily implement in your class or school that can help you best serve all students.” —Teacher Amanda Doyle 

For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood… and the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education, by Christopher Emdin

“After reading this, my entire perspective on classroom management has changed. The examples Emdin used could have been taken from my own experiences in the classroom. From now on, instead of enforcing draconian ‘law and order,’ I will take active steps to empower my students to use their voices as opposed to forcing them to conform and erase who they are.” —Teacher Alex Vicchio  

How To Be An Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi 

“After reading this resource, I realized that being an antiracist is not a certificate on a wall or a certain number of books in my room. Being antiracist is a journey of learning, questioning and reflecting on my experiences and implicit biases. Most importantly I have to confront and commit to change racist policies in my classroom, school, district, etc., to do the work of an antiracist.” —Teacher Megan Parker

Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy, by April Baker-Bell 

“‘Linguistic Justice’ made me more cognizant of the linguistic hegemony in our country that seeps into our educational systems. It was a powerful reminder to continue critically analyzing theories, practices and policies that perpetuate linguistic racism in schools.”Educator Claribel González 

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, by Monique W. Morris 

Black girls are often left out of the conversation about criminalization. Pushout examines the harsh realities that young Black girls face when they are pushed out of school and also provides several solutions to gain trust and build relationships.Educator Cierra Nickerson

We Got This: Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be, by Cornelius Minor

“Cornelius Minor facilitated my introduction to his book We Got This during a teacher leadership institute here in Arizona. The book makes equity work feel achievable with a clear framework of suggestions for implementing change, such as trying something new for five days and reflecting on its impact. It helps you to focus on what matters most in your classroom.”Teacher Erica Davis 

We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom, by Bettina L. Love  

“This book has been an awakening on many levels. Envisioning educational justice through abolitionist teaching has completely inspired my approach in the classroom.” Educator Mary DiPaola

If have a book you’d like to recommend for this list, please share it here!

Classroom Strategies

How to Audit Your Classroom Library for Diversity  

The Classroom Library Audit, organized like a game of Bingo, changed how I approach selecting texts for my classes by encouraging me to identify gaps in my own reading and teaching, which are shaped by a historically white, male canon. I have researched and added texts to my own reading list, and I re-evaluated my curriculum. ALL students need and deserve characters who look like them and experience life’s challenges in a way that reflects their own, but I find it equally important that students explore cultures and experiences different from their own to find commonality. The audit helped me become more aware of my own tendencies and, as I work to ‘fill my card,’ it will continue to add much needed diversity to our reading lists.” —Teacher Stephanie H. 

Oregon Center for Educational Equity “Racism Interruptions” 

“This resource, which provides conversation starters, reflection questions, even writing prompts that have empathy embedded into them, can help people of all ages break through the paralysis of not knowing what to say and/or the fear of saying something insensitive or offensive. We may get it wrong, but we can’t go wrong when we use empowerment tools like this one to aid in breaking the silence and moving the dialogue forward. In my estimation, it’s a starting point for healing and a catalyst for hope.”Educator Barbara Gruener 


“‘Teaching Tolerance’ is a plethora of free and easy-to-access resources for anti-bias education. It offers lessons and strategies to ground my instructional practices in equity and social justice.”Teacher Supriya Vasudevan

“‘Teaching Tolerance’ provides free resources to educators – teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners – who work with children from kindergarten through high school. You can [use it to] create your own lesson plans too!” —Educator Carolyn Kori Sanders

If you have a classroom strategy you’d like to recommend, please share it here!

Film & Video

Mesa Webinars, Proactive Counseling in the Aftermath of Major Racial Incidents

“The presenters gave me food for thought, moments of self-reflection and the perspective of others at a time when we must listen to others.

 My top take-aways from the webinar:

  • Be the equity leader in the building.
  • Ask ourselves, “Why now?”
  • The conversation of racism will show up in your hallways. Deal with it. Do the work.
  • We need to stand in the gap for students.
  • This is not a drill. It’s happening.
  • Talking about race is a college/career readiness skill.

I’m looking forward to the next webinar that Mesa has on ‘Education Administrators Talk Equity’ on July 24.” —Educator Lisa King 

Courageous Conversations in EdTech

“Courageous Conversations in EdTech is a broadcast that features Dr. Ilene Winokur, Melody McAllister and me as hosts, as well as additional guest speakers that join on special topics. During the broadcast, we address the intersectionality of antiracism and educational technology, along with its importance for educators regardless of where they fall in their career. We hope every week to initiate conversations that educators can continue to have using Flipgrid. All are welcome to listen, learn and grow!” —Educator Victoria Thompson 

If you’d like to recommend a video or webinar for this list, please share it here!


8 Black Hands

“The 8 Black Hands podcast is hosted by four men who represent teachers, administrators, education advocates and researchers, and [families], and approaches many topics around education from those perspectives, anchored in a desire to improve outcomes for kids of color.”Teacher Tom Rademacher 

Black, Brown & Bilingüe

Black, Brown & Bilingüe focuses on elevating the voices of Black and Brown people. It emphasizes the importance of language learning and multiculturalism. Through storytelling and honest conversation, it educates in a powerful way.” —Educator Maurice McDavid

Code Switch

“The tag line for this podcast is ‘the intersection of race and everything’ and it has shifted my focus to be more aware of how race affects my teaching practices and education as a whole. As educators, we must be aware of how education is centered in whiteness and the effect that that has on our students and our pedagogy. Code Switch is an amazing podcast for showing diverse perspectives and is great not only for educators, but for anyone looking to engage in anti-racist learning.”Teacher Dennis Nolasco  

“This is a podcast created by journalists of color. They are a multi-racial, multi-generational team who talk about overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities and how all of this is shifting. I highly recommend this for anyone aspiring to be an anti-racist educator or anyone who is beginning in their anti-racist educator journey – there are a lot of worthwhile conversations that help push your thinking and reflect on how white supremacy and systemic racism impact us all.”Educator Victoria Thompson 

Leading Equity Podcast

“I recommend listening to this podcast – every episode is relevant. Each episode provides a lens that allows me to see the world from a different perspective, especially the education world. It’s difficult to share one specific episode, because every one I listen to is 100% relevant to issues we are facing in our classrooms. A few impactful episodes for me are around culturally responsive teaching, linguistic equity, protecting Black boys in Modern America and coaching for equity.”—Educator Charity Dodd 

Seeing White

“What does it mean to be white? Who invented race, and why? This podcast helped me understand more about myself, and how my identity shows up in my work as an educator. Each episode takes a creative approach to the topic, remixing art, science, storytelling, philosophy, global and local history, and interviews. Hosts John Biewen and Chenjerai Kumanyika are honest, warm and challenging as they guide listeners to make meaning of what we learn. This series is helpful for white educators especially, because we tend to miss ways that we contribute to or uphold policies and ideas that are racist. Being anti-racist requires seeing white.”Educator Charles Shryock

Teaching While White 

“This source has helped me a lot in terms of grounding my literacy practices in antiracism, especially the episodes about disrupting the white canon and traditional classic texts. I also really liked the episode about indigenous voices that made a lot of points about education, native identity and land.” —Teacher Caitlin O’Connor 

If you’d like to recommend a podcast for this list, please share it here!

Twitter Chats 


“#ClearTheAir has many branches to follow, so there is always a book club or discussion to push your thinking. I try to read everything recommended by these leaders. Their book studies are the most productive PD I’ve ever been a part of. The #ClearTheAir discussions have taught me how to recognize white supremacy and have forced me to think about how I personally will act to disrupt it within my role as an educator and in my personal life.”—Teacher Colleen Court


“#DisruptTexts taught me about the importance of disrupting the narratives we ask students to study. The leaders of this chat also constantly evolve their own thinking. Having diverse texts is not enough. #DisruptTexts taught me to do the personal work necessary when diversifying my text selection.”—Teacher Colleen Court

If you’d like to recommend a Twitter chat for this list, please share it here!

PD & Programs

Freedom Writers Foundation 

“The Freedom Writers Foundation was founded by Erin Gruwell and many of her original students from Wilson High. I attended the Freedom Writers Institute for teachers in the summer of 2016. It was a powerful and transformative experience. I left with a ton of great resources and ideas to build stronger community and relationships with my students – but more importantly, I gained perspective and purpose. I highly recommend the FWF and all of their resources, especially the five-day institute.” Teacher Will Cheney

If you’d like to recommend a PD opportunity or provider for this list, please share it here!

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