Social justice, equity, and anti-racism resources
SCOE strongly supports State Superintendent Tony Thurmond's 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) and local school districts.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
In the fall of 2020, SCOE hosted 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 were invited to join us as we hosted students of color to speak about their experiences in our local schools and their ideas for change toward making schools more equitable. A draft report based on the student insights from the forums is available here. To learn more or access a recording of a past forum, contact email@example.com
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.
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
- National Equity Project: Resources for Learning about Whiteness and the History of Race and Structural Racism in the United States
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.
Educator Resources to Use with Students
- K-12 lesson plans on tolerance, anti-racism and privilege
- NCTSN's Addressing Racial Trauma in the Classroom
- Empowering Young People in the Aftermath of Hate
Helpful Tools, Resources, and Apps for Families
- 10 Tips for Talking to Kids About Race | 10 Consejos para Enseñar y Hablar con los Niños Acerca de la Raza
- Teaching Children Cultural and Racial Pride | Cómo fomentar el orgullo racial en sus hijos
- 31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance
- George Floyd, Racism and Law Enforcement - Table Talk: Family Conversations about Current Events - ADL
- Parent Tip Tool on Racial Stress and Self-Care - APA
- Engaging My Child - Parent Tool Tips - APA
- Liberate - Meditation App for the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Community