Greater New Bedford Educators for Justice Educational Resources

Anti-Bias in Education

Visit Teaching for Change for more information and materials on anti-bias in education.

Books for Becoming an Anti-Bias Teacher (link)

Books for Learning about Culture and Language (link)

Books on Learning About and Affirming Racial Identity (link)

Books on Learning about Gender Identity (link)

Books on Learning about Economic Class (link)

Books on Learning About Family Structures (link)

Books on Learning about Disability and Autism (link)

Books on Learning About Holidays (link)

Early Childhood, Elementary and YA Books on Activism and Organizing (link)

Books on Conflict Resolution with Young Children (link)

Elementary, Middle, and YA Books for Teaching About Africa (link)

Antiracism Resources

21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge – By Eddie Moore Jr.
For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity. This plan includes suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos, observations, and ways to form and deepen community connections. Click Here to Access

Steps Latinos Can Take to Combat Anti-Blackness – By Andrew S. Vargas
An article reflecting on anti-blackness in Hispanic and Latino/x communities and outlining concrete steps to combat anti-blackness. Click Here to Access

Anti-Racism Resources for White People – Compiled by people across the US
This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now. Feel free to circulate this document on social media, with your friends, family, and colleagues. Click Here to Access

Guide to Allyship – By Amelie Lamont
An evolving open-source guide to help you become a more thoughtful and effective ally. Click Here to Access 

How to be an Anti-Racist – By Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
In this book, Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science, bringing it all together with an engaging personal narrative of his own awakening to antiracism. How to Be an Antiracist is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society. Click Here to Access 

National Museum of African American History and Culture “Talking About Race” Portal - By The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)
The online portal provides digital tools, online exercises, video instructions, scholarly articles and more than 100 multi-media resources tailored for educators, parents/caregivers, and individuals committed to racial equality. Click Here to Access

 Resources for Anti-Racism and Talking about Race and Racism with Children - By The Primary School
This collection of resources provides some helpful guidance for parents and educators who want to talk with children about racism and violence. Also included are resources for adults who want to learn more about the Black Lives Matter movement, the history of racism in America, and anti-racism and anti-bias. Click Here to Access

Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources – Compiled by people across the US
This is a working document for scaffolding anti-racism resources. The goal is to facilitate growth for white people to become allies, and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work. These resources have been ordered in an attempt to make them more accessible. Click Here to Access

This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work - By Tiffany Jewell
Who are you? What is racism? Where does it come from? Why does it exist? What can you do to disrupt it? Learn about social identities, the history of racism and resistance against it, and how you can use your anti-racist lens and voice to move the world toward equity and liberation.  Click Here to Access

So You Want to Talk About Race - By Ijeoma Oluo
Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to engage in honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life. Click Here to Access 

Many Black People Can’t March for Justice. They’re Too Busy Trying to Survive the Lack of It - By Theresa Vargas
This article discusses the reality that many Black people in Washington DC face: they can’t march for justice, because they’re too busy trying to survive the lack of it.  Click Here to Access

Culturally Responsive Teaching, Pedagogy, and Practices

But That's Just Good Teaching! The Case for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy - By Gloria Ladson-Billings
This academic article attempts to describe what “culturally relevant” teaching looks like. According to Ladson-Billings, “culturally relevant” teaching is “just good teaching,” and it is essential to the academic success of all students, including underserved students. Click Here to Access 

George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What do we tell our children? – By Alia E. Dastagir
This article gets at how to talk about recent events with children and includes answers to this question from psychologist and author Beverly Daniel Tatum among others. Click Here to Access 

For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education - By Christopher Edmin
Drawing on his own experience of feeling undervalued and invisible in classrooms as a young man of color and merging his experiences with more than a decade of teaching and researching in urban America, this educator and author offers a new lens on an approach to teaching and learning in urban schools. Click Here to Access 

Is Everyone Really Equal? An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education (Multicultural Education Series) - By Ozlem Sensoy and Robin DiAngelo
This award-winning guide to social justice education addresses the most common stumbling blocks to understanding social justice and is a detailed and engaging textbook and professional development resource presenting the key concepts in social justice education. Click Here to Access 

Learning in a Burning House: Educational Inequality, Ideology, and (Dis)Integration - By Sonya Douglass Horsford
Learning in a Burning House is the first book to offer a historical look at the desegregation dilemma with clear recommendations for what must be done to ensure Black student success in today's schools. Click Here to Access

Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom - By Lisa Delpit
This analysis of contemporary classrooms includes ways teachers can be better “cultural transmitters” in the classroom - where prejudice, stereotypes, and cultural assumptions lead to ineffective education. The author suggests that many academic problems attributed to children of color are the result of miscommunication, as primarily white teachers teach “other people’s children.” Click Here to Access 

Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom - By Bell Hooks
In Teaching to Transgress, Bell Hooks writes about a new kind of education, education as the practice of freedom. Teaching students to "transgress" against racial, sexual, and class boundaries to achieve the gift of freedom is, for hooks, the teacher's most important goal. Click Here to Access 

Young, Gifted, and Black: Promoting High Achievement among African-American Students - By Theresa Perry, Claude Steele and Asa Hilliard III
In three separate essays, Young, Gifted and Black highlights the unique social and cultural position Black students occupy in a society which often devalues and stereotypes African American identity, fundamentally shapes students' experience of school and sets up unique obstacles. Click Here to Access

New Bedford History

New Bedford is Rich in History – By Destination New Bedford
New Bedford is the destination for history and culture. Destination New Bedford offers information about NBs whaling history, textile mills, Underground Railroad history, and much more. Click Here to Access

Black History in New Bedford – By the National Park Service
The job opportunities and diversity within the city of New Bedford fostered a civil rights movement and opportunities for people of all backgrounds.  Many prominent historical figures like Frederick Douglass and Paul Cuffe made their marks in New Bedford. Follow this link to learn more about black history in New Bedford. Click Here to Access 

Women in New Bedford – By the National Park Service
While whalemen husbands were away, the women of New Bedford had to assume the responsibilities as business leaders and heads of households. The progressive Quaker attitude towards gender equality encouraged the development of this female strength and capability. Click Here to Access 

The City That Lit the World – By Mike MacEacheran
Explore the unique whaling history of New Bedford. It was once the wealthiest city per capita in North America. The catalyst? Whaling. Click Here to Access 

Encyclopedia of American Race Riots, Volume 2: New Bedford (Massachusetts) Riot of 1970 – Edited by Walter C. Rucker and James N. Upton
The New Bedford civil disorders of July 1970 were the result of high unemployment rates, inadequate educational facilities, poor housing, and a shortage of recreation space. Click Here to Access 

People can only take so much – By Kiernan Dunlop
The 50th anniversary of the New Bedford riots comes during another summer of unrest – there are many similarities between what happened then and what’s happening now. Click Here to Access

Behind the Mansions Tour Map – By NB Historical Society
Much of the history of New Bedford happened against the backdrop of something familiar to us – the neighborhood – the streets where we walk, the people we call our neighbors, the houses we call our homes. Read on to discover the stories of the community located behind the mansions.  Click Here to Access 

The Underground Railroad: New Bedford – By the National Park Service
Explore the historical Underground Railroad sites in New Bedford. Click Here to Access

Frank Grace Papers – By UMass Amherst
Frank ‘Parky’ Grace was a political organizer an founding member of the New Bedford chapter of the Black Panther Party. Click Here to Access

Educational Equity


Raising Kings: A Year of love and Struggle at Ron Brown College Prep - By Cory Turner and Kavitha Cardoza 

In this three-part series, the NPR Code Switch team have NPR reporter Cory Turner and Education Week reporter Kavitha Cardoza discuss their one-year experience with Washington D.C.’s new all-boy public school which opened its doors to 100 freshmen of color in 2016. Click Here to Access  

'Raising White Kids' Author On How White Parents Can Talk About Race - By Michel Martin 

Martin talks to Jennifer Harvey, author of Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America, about how to talk with white kids about racially-charged events. Click Here to Access

Urban Education Podcast: The Success of D.C. Public Schools (Podcast) - By Brian Pick and Jessica Rauch

In this episode, Brian Pick, Chief of Teaching and Learning at D.C. Public Schools is joined Jessica Rauch, President and Executive Director at D.C. Public Education Fund which has raised over $100 million for education, to discuss the success of D.C. Public schools. Click Here to Access


Academic Profiling: Latinos, Asian Americans, and the Achievement Gap – By Gilda L. Ochoa

This book focuses on the achievement gap as it relates to the two fastest-growing demographic groups in the United States: Asian Americans and Latinos. Ochoa turns to the students, teachers, and parents of one California public school to learn about the very real disparities--in opportunity, status, treatment, and assumptions--that lead to more than just gaps in achievement. Click Here to Access 

Assimilation Blues: Black Families in White Communities, Who Succeeds and Why (Contributions in Afro-American and African Studies) - By Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D. 

This book amplifies the voices of black families and the sacrifices and achievements they deem necessary to coexist and thrive in white communities. The book explores race and identity within one community while also highlighting the “hidden racism” that trickles into the classroom and the day-to-day lives of black children and their parents. Click Here to Access  

Black Male Teachers: Diversifying the United States' Teacher Workforce (Advances in Race and Ethnicity in Education) - By Chance W. Lewis and Ivory Toldson 

This academic textbook provides suggestions for diversifying the teaching profession, including policy and practice recommendations in each chapter. Black male teachers do not hold primary responsibility for the success of Black students, but a more diverse workforce leads to positive outcomes for all students. Click Here to Access  

Can We Talk about Race?: And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation (Race, Education, and Democracy) - By Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D. 

This book shares the stories of the author and her experience as an “integration baby.” Born in 1954, she now sees the currently underreported resegregation of America as deeply problematic. In her opinion, the answer to this problem may live within schools to bridge the racial divide many of us live within today. Click Here to Access

Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools (Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities) 1st Edition - By Amanda E. Lewis and John B. Diamond 

This book exposes the achievement gap of one public school that appears to be the “post-racial idea” on the surface, yet black and Latino students continue to lag behind their peers. The authors challenge common explanations for the racial achievement gap and identify the factors causing such disparities in this suburban, well-funded school situated in such a diverse, affluent and liberal district. Click Here to Access

Excellence Through Equity: Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student - By Alan M. Blankstein, Pedro Noguera and Lorena Kelly 

Excellence Through Equity offers a look at how real-world educators are creating schools where all students can thrive. In these schools, educators are committed to ensuring that each student receives what he or she individually needs to develop their full potential and succeed. Click Here to Access

Note to Educators: Hope Required; When Growing Roses in Concrete - by Jeffrey M. R. Duncan-Andrade 

In this essay, Duncan-Andrade explores the concept of hope, which was central to President Obama’s 2008 campaign, as essential for nurturing urban youth. He first identifies three different kinds of “false hope” in urban schools, and compares them to “critical hope” which he describes through student and teacher voices. Click Here to Access 

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools - By Monique W. Morris 

Just 16 percent of female students, Black girls make up more than one-third of all girls with a school-related arrest. This book addresses the policies, practices, and cultural illiteracy that push countless students out of school and into unhealthy, unstable, and often unsafe futures. Click Here to Access 

Racism, Public Schooling, and the Entrenchment of White Supremacy: A Critical Race Ethnography - By Sabina E. Vaught

This race ethnography explores institutional relationships in a large, urban, West Coast school district, and how they have led to the undereducation of Black and Latino youth. Vaught examines the policies and practices that created and sustain racialized inequity and White supremacy in this district. Click Here to Access 

Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America (5th Edition) - By Eduardo Bonilla-Silva 

This academic text documents how arguments, phrases, and stories are used to account for—and ultimately justify—racial inequalities. Topics include color blind racism, the Black Lives Matter movement, the Obama presidency, the 2016 election, and Trump’s presidency, and what readers can do to confront racism—both personally and on a larger structural level. Click Here to Access 

“Say their names” – A Toolkit for Discussing Racism - By Chicago Public Schools 

A toolkit to help foster productive conversations about race and civil disobedience. Click Here to Access 

Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools - By Jonathan Kozol 

In Savage Inequalities, Kozol delivers a searing examination of the extremes of wealth and poverty and calls into question the reality of equal opportunity in our nation’s schools, including a deep dive in Washington D.C., New York and other urban districts. Click Here to Access

Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America - By Tanner Colby 

This book offers an honest view of race in America, specifically as it relates to the integration of schools, neighborhoods and community spaces following the civil rights movement. The author compiles real stories to reveal the history of “what was supposed to be the end of Jim Crow, but turned out to be more of the same with no name.” Click Here to Access 

The Mis-Education of the Negro - By Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson 

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, is known to many as “the Father of Black History Month.” In this book, he explores the ways in which the education system and curriculum neglect to include positive and varied depictions of the Black community. First published in 1933, Dr. Woodson explains the negative outcomes of this “mis-education” and its impact on students in the classroom, which still apply today. Click Here to Access 

The Trouble with Black Boys: And Other Reflections on Race, Equity, and the Future of Public Education - By Pedro A. Noguera

 In The Trouble with Black Boys, the author examines the role of race in schools and society, and shares his perspective on what it will take to improve outcomes for all students. Noguera touches on a range of issues influenced by race, from the achievement gap to immigration. Click Here to Access 

This Is Not a Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education - By Jose Vilson 

Through stories from the classroom and researched essays, José Vilson writes about race, class, and education in This Is Not a Test. Vilson calls for the reclaiming of the education profession while seeking social justice. Click Here to Access 



America to Me - By Starz 

America to Me opens the doors to a high school outside of Chicago, where students and teachers struggle to navigate crucial issues of race, identity, and education. Access episodes, guides, and tools for free if you are an educator- use conference code ATM2019. Click Here to Access  

"Because I’m Latino, I can’t have money?" - Kids on Race - By WNYC 

Hear some straight talk from middle-schoolers about race and what it's like to grow up in such racially charged times. More from our Being 12 series: Click Here to Access  

DCPS Parent University: Talking About Race With Your Child - By Taylor Stanley and Lizz Rene

Talking with children about various topics in developmentally appropriate ways can be a challenge. But talking about race doesn’t have to be one of them. Discuss strategies for talking about race with children of all ages. Click Here to Access Part 1       Click Here to Access Part 2

“I [STILL] can’t breathe”: Supporting kids of color amid racialized violence - By Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith

 A webinar about policing, violence, race, safety, justice, we should be having with our kids now. Click Here to Access  

Let's Talk About Race - By Grant High School 

Students and teachers share why they think that it is important to have conversations around race using the Courageous Conversation protocol.  Click Here to Access  

Systemic Racism – Explained for Kids - By 

Systemic racism affects every area of life in the US. From incarceration rates to predatory loans, and trying to solve these problems requires changes in major parts of our system. Here's a closer look at what systemic racism is, and how we can solve it. Click Here to Access 

Identity and Mindsets

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People - By Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald 

This book explores biases we carry from exposure to cultural attitudes about identities include age, gender, race and more. The authors also reveal how our perceptions of different social groups shape our judgments about people’s character, abilities and potential. Click Here to Access 

Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools - By Glenn E. Singleton and Curtis W. Linton 

This book examines the achievement gap through the prism of race, and provides examples of ways to lead and leverage "courageous conversations" to create a learning community that promotes educational equity. Click Here to Access  

Parent Toolkit: Eye on Equity - By Katie Mustian 

This resource provides multiple tools for parents and families to engage with their children of all ages on the concepts of race, bias and discrimination. Click Here to Access  

Transgender Children and Youth: Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families in Transition - By Elijah C. Nealy, PhD, MDiv, LCSW 

This book provides a comprehensive guide to the medical, emotional, and social issues of transgender kids. Click Here to Access  

What Does It Mean to Be White? - By Dr. Robin DiAngelo 

Speaking as a white person to other white people, Dr. DiAngelo raises the question of what it means to be white in a society that claims to be over race despite the racial inequities and segregation that persist today. She also describes how race shapes the lives of white people, and identifies the many factors that contribute to “white racial illiteracy.” Click Here to Access  

Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do (Issues of Our Time) - By Claude M. Steele 

This book offers an insider’s look at research on stereotypes and identity. The author, a social psychologist, sheds light on “stereotype threats” and lays out a plan for mitigating these threats and reshaping American identities. Click Here to Access  

White America’s Racial Illiteracy: Why Our National Conversation is Poisoned from the Start - By Dr. Robin DiAngelo 

This article is written by Dr. Robin DiAngelo, the same author of another recommended book on this list, “What Does It Mean to Be White?” In this article, Dr. DiAngelo lists specific examples of challenges that trigger racial stress for white people and the benefit of having tough conversations about race despite the discomfort these conversations may bring. Click Here to Access 

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race (20th Anniversary Edition) - By Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D.

This classic book dives into the psychology of racism and allows readers to understand the dynamics of race in America and in our schools, from the classroom to the cafeteria. The book also encourages conversations about our racial identities to enable communication across racial differences. The newest edition, updated 20 years after its 1997 original debut, includes important milestones including the elections of President Obama and Trump, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the many police shootings targeting young, black men across the country. Click Here to Access 

Workplace Bias in Management and Professionalism

The Bias of ‘Professionalism’ Standards - By Aysa Gray 

Professionalism has become coded language for white favoritism in workplace practices that more often than not privilege the values of white and Western employees and leave behind people of color. This article explores such biases to examine professionalism standards. Click Here to Access  

How to Manage When Things Are Not Okay (And Haven’t Been for Centuries) - By The Management Center 

Tools for managers that honor the humanity of their teammates—especially those who are Black, including Black women, men, and non-binary people, Black queer and trans folks, and Black people with disabilities (among many other intersecting marginalized identities). Click Here to Access  

Your Black Colleagues May Look Okay- Chances are They’re Not - By Danielle Cadet 

How to be mindful of the space Black colleagues and peers may need during this time. Click Here to Access  

Don’t Say Nothing - By Jamilah Pitts

Although written in 2016, this speaks to what many are experiencing now. It is important to recognize that silence is a choice. This resource may be especially beneficial for non-black teachers, but also all teachers who may be struggling with where to start when it comes to reflecting on what we have experienced these past few months and many times before. Click Here to Access