Please find the links below useful for helping you and your family speak with your children about race and current events.
TED Talk with Dr. Beverly Tatum: Former president of Spelman College, and a visiting scholar at Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service, Dr. Beverly Tatum, conducts a TED talk where she speaks eloquently to the importance of speaking to young children about racism. She is the author of several books including the best-selling “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” and “Other Conversations about Race”
How to Talk to Kids About Race and Racism: Parent Toolkit is a wonderful website that provides the article as a step-by-step guide to talk to your child about race and racism.
National Geographic: Talking to Kids About Race This article from National Geographic provides helpful advice to talk to your child about race.
Talking to White Kids About Race and Racism: This hour-long program is about talking to white kids about race and racism, specifically how white parents, families, and teachers can learn to stand up for racial justice in a way that will make a difference for generations to come
Read Aloud: Something Happened in Our Town This beautiful, powerful story "Something Happened in Our Town" follows two families — one White, one Black — as they discuss the police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children's questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives.
Social Justice Books: List of Read Alouds “SocialJusticeBooks.org is a project of Teaching for Change, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world.” Here is their suggested list of Read Alouds around Social Justice.
Talking Race with Young Children: National Public Radio (NPR) published this article to help families with the discussion of race with children. Even babies notice differences like skin color, eye shape and hair texture. Here's how to handle conversations about race, racism, diversity and inclusion, even with very young children.
Virtual Calming Room: This Virtual Calming Room was created by the counseling team at the Bronx Compass High School. It is a place for “students and families to find tools and strategies for managing emotions and feelings, and building resilience during this pandemic.”
NYCDOE Together for Justice: Resources for Families The New Your City Department of Education offers many resources on this webpage for families to utilize when talking to children about race and current events.