Diversity and inclusion resources for schools and educators

Student 12Every 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.

    Black History and Black Lives Matters 

  • 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.

    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.

    Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

    GLSEN is an education organization dedicated to creating safe schools for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. GLSEN has free curriculum, resources and can help you organize a Gay Straight Alliance or provide Professional Development in your school. The Washington chapter is based in Seattle and serves the full state. 

    More LGBT resources
  • Multicultural Education Rights Alliance - McERA Seattle 

    McERA works to ensure all kids, regardless of their race or background, have supports in place to succeed in school. They work with teachers, develop mentors, provide trainings to create equitable, humane and culturally responsive classrooms and school environments. 

    Their resource page has information for students, educators, parents and community members.