Sonoma County Office of Education

Social justice, equity, and anti-racism resources

SCOE strongly supports State Superintendent Tony Thurmond's May 2020 call to action (below) for schools to promote racial justice, confront bias, and foster tolerance. We are committed to collaborating with and amplifying the efforts of the California Department of Education (CDE) as Superintendent Thurmond launches a state-wide effort to address racism head-on.

Read Sonoma County Superintendent Steve Herrington's community message regarding recent tragedies here

As a starting point, this page offers resources carefully curated by a group of equity-minded mental health professionals and educators who work for the Sonoma County Office of Education. We invite your thoughts on how schools can help build a more tolerant, just society here in Sonoma County. Please send them to communications@scoe.org.

Video: State Superintendent Tony Thurmond's Call to Action

Getting Started: For Parents, Educators, and Community Members

If you are looking for a place to get started, either as a parent or educator, we recommend this resource, Talking About Race, from the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It provides engaging, easy to understand guides for parents/caregivers, educators, and community members.


Educator Resources

Legal Framework for Addressing Issues of Social Justice and Equity in California Schools

The following memorandum from School & College Legal Services outlines the legal responsibilities and roles of California schools in addressing social justice and equity. 

Student Voices Forums

SCOE is hosting a series of forums featuring the voices of students of color on race, equity, and social justice. School leaders including school board members and school administrators, student leadership groups, and community organizations are invited to join us as we listen to students of color about their experiences in our local schools and their ideas for change toward making schools more equitable.

The CARE Collective

Latinx children and families in Sonoma County are deeply and disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, as are black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) across our nation and world. The CARE Collective connects educators and community organizations via virtual panels and facilitated conversations, and provides an opportunity to learn about culturally-sustaining and responsive resources for serving students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARE Collective will specifically focus on building and sharing knowledge related to supporting students and families in the three following areas: physical safety, emotional connection, and academic learning. Learn more and sign up to participate.

Ethnic Studies Curriculum

If you are interested in adopting an Ethnic Studies curriculum for your district, more information can be found at: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/cf/ethnicguidelines.asp.

Conversations in Common

Teachers are invited to have their students participate in the soon-to-be launched “Conversations In Common” project, a collaborative diversity and inclusion reading project for Sonoma County Schools that includes support and training in how to facilitate courageous conversations about race, diversity, and social justice.

To receive further information about how to participate, please complete the sign-up form at bit.ly/ConversationsInCommon

Developing a Diverse Teacher Workforce

North Coast School of Education offers a California Classified School Employees Teacher Credentialing Grant for classified school employees interested in becoming teachers. Learn more about the grant or apply.

Understanding Race and Ethnicity

Resources for White Allies

Ways 2 Equity Playbook

If you’d like to learn about the California Equity Performance and Improvement Program and receive the Ways 2 Equity Playbook, participate in the “Ways 2 Equity” webinar being hosted by the Santa Clara County Office of Education on October 8th from 9:00-10:00am

Registration is at https://na.eventscloud.com/ways2equityplaybook.


Additional Resources


Educator Resources to Use with Students


Helpful Tools, Resources, and Apps for Families