Diversity and inclusion resources for schools and educators

Every student in Washington deserves a safe and welcoming environment in order to learn. Many educators have reported a recent uptick in hate speech or even violence at school or in their communities. 

Now more than ever, educators need strategies and tools to counter these harmful attacks and to ensure that every student feels safe at school. 

The resources below are meant to provide educators with information on how to teach about the differences we face in our classrooms and buildings every day. Whether about race, religion, language, immigration status, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, class, or disability, or a combination of these, we know that our students deserve to be honored and respected for who they are. 

In compiling this information, we don’t claim to have identified every resource out there, but to provide a starting point for educators who are looking for help to better understand and teach about our world.  We can’t post everything, but if you have used a great resource in your classroom that you’d like to share, contact us at wea@washingtonea.org.  

  • WEA training and programs

    WEA offers a variety of trainings to close the achievement and opportunity gap. They vary by time of year, but include sessions on ELL, ethnicity and culture, and tribal sovereignty and culturally responsive strategies for engaging students from diverse backgrounds. You can visit the PD Network for listings of current trainings.

    The Special Education Support Center provides info for educators, families, and students. 

  • Learn and collaborate with NEA

    • Know your rights and your students rights in the wake of harsh immigration crackdowns. 
    • The NEA Tools and Ideas web page provides information and resources on a wide variety of issues.  Below are some additional NEA sites with resources covering several areas of diversity.
    • Diversity Resources   NEA provides resources regarding a broad spectrum of diversity topics.
    • Protecting students' civil rights. 
      • NEA's web page that collects resources about equity, inclusion and civil rights in one location. 
    • NEA Racial Justice in Education Resource Guide - is a booklet to help educators talk about race, and access tools to create more just and equitable classrooms/schools for ALL students. 
    • NEA Diversity Toolkit Race and Ethnicity – Information for teachers on how to teach about race, racism and ethnic differences. The page also provides links to additional topics including class, ELL, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity.
    • NEA – EdCommunities   Can’t find what you want? All members of NEA can join EdCommunities, an interactive platform where you can engage with other educators about the issues we face in our classrooms.  Once there, you can search topics, or start your own conversation. The site  has interactive forums, links to a resources as varied as info sheets, webinars and curricula.  NEA members can join for free, but must register on the site access to the information.
       

    Black History and Black Lives Matter at School 

    • Black Lives Matter at School Week (first week of February) information and resources to improve the conversation, and outcomes, for black students. 
    • You can find more information about Black Lives Matter at School here
    • Black History Month (February) resources, lesson plans broken down by grade level, are available to help integrate African-American culture and history into your classroom lesson plans. 
    • 2019 marked the 400th year of African-American history. Congress established a Commission to commemorate 400 years of African-American History. The Commission is tasked with planning and carrying out programs across the country to honor African American history. 
    • The Pulitzer Center has developed curricula to support the teaching of the 1619 Project for all grades.
    • Teaching for Black Lives coverTeaching for Black Lives, edited by Lewis and Clark College professor Diane Watson, Seattle EA member Jesse Hagopian and former public-school teacher Wayne Au, grows directly from the movement for Black lives. Anti-Black racism constructs Black students and Black people in general. The resources provided in this book demonstrate ways educators connect curriculum to young people's lives and root their concerns and daily experiences in what is taught and how classrooms are set up. The editors say, "The ferocity of racism in the US against Black minds and bodies demands that teachers fight back." This book highlights the hope and beauty of student activism and collective action.  
  • Library of Congress

    The Library of Congress has assembled lesson plans for all ages, created by teachers for teachers, on a wide range of topics, including race and ethnicity, immigration and gender. It also provides materials on themes you may feature in your curricula, such as civil rights, ethnic identity, women’s history and many, many other topics.

    Multicultural Books and Resources

    Looking for books to captivate, engage and feature students of color, students of marginalized identities, students with disabilities and students with diverse families? Here are several links to get you going:

    If you need help writing a grant to purchase any of these books, check out these NEA resources, including a grant writing webinar. 

    Podcasts

    BiasBenderBiasBender is a compelling, accessible and fun weekly podcast appropriate for students in high school, middle school, and college. Twenty-three-year-old host Kayla Stokes explores the lives and stories of Black women she wishes she was able to study growing up in school and wants to know more about. Podcast subjects include the stories of Negro League professional baseball pitcher Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, scientist Alice Ball, cartoonist Jackie Ormes, educator Septima Clark, and more. Stokes chats with women, like actress Chanté Adams, who followed the path of those before them. What's unique about this podcast is the host is not afraid to model ways to engage in activism.

    Color Your World with Words

    As a result of New Business Item 28 from the 2020 WEA Representative Assembly, WEA is publishing a list of books by authors of color for educators so they can provide students with books that reflect their backgrounds and cultures. Check out and download our book lists: Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021.

    We are Teachers

    A website by and for teachers, with information about restorative justice, social-emotional learning and special education

    Washington State Education Ombuds Office

    “One Out of Five” was designed by the Washington State Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds in partnership with local educators as a guide for schools to address Disability History Month in October. Disability History and Pride resources

    Deaf Awareness

    Deaf Awarness Month helps increase awareness about issues people and culture of the deaf community. 

  • Teaching Tolerance

    A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance provides a variety of resources for addressing diversity. In addition to the links below, they have a lot of great information – feel free to explore their website.


    Anti-Defamation League

    The ADL promotes diversity and respect in schools by providing programs and resources to help students, teachers, and administrators create positive learning environments where all students feel valued and appreciated. The No Place for Hate campaign specifically provides resources for combating bias, bullying and hatred, leading to long-term solutions to create and maintain a positive school culture. ADL also has a Black Lives Matter lesson plan for high schoolers. 

  • Welcoming Schools  

    Welcoming Schools is an organization initiated by parents who want to improve the environment in schools for LGBT students or students from LGBT families. They provide free lesson plans, videos and information sheets.

    Welcoming Schools has an office in Portland and its staff supports educators in Washington state.  Welcoming Schools is a program of the Human Rights Campaign, which features resources such as "Supporting and Caring for Latino LGBT Youth" report.

    More LGBT resources
  • The Council on American-Islamic Relations

    CAIR is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), grassroots civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR is America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, with regional offices nationwide. “Demographers say that Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the United States and around the world. American Muslims are found in all sectors of society. This presence is perhaps most evident in the public school system, where Muslim students of various racial and ethnic backgrounds make up an increasing percentage of the school population. Recent studies show that most Muslim children are enrolled in public schools. This growing demographic segment adds a new dimension to be considered as educators work with issues of diversity."

    CAIR of Washington has provided this Educator Guide to teaching about Islam.