Cultural Responsiveness & Equity
The NCSMH team grieves the racist murders of Black people in the US. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery are only a handful of recent, high-profile examples. Racism and white supremacy are embedded in US history, upheld by inequitable policies and actions, and impact the health and well-being of people of color. Within this larger context, schools have long struggled to address the racial disparities in discipline and the opportunity gap. Through addressing structural and systemic inequities long present in the education system, schools have opportunities to develop and model equitable and anti-racist policies and practices. We all have the ability to learn, heal, and grow together.
Below are resources for schools, mental health providers, communities, families, and students on cultural responsiveness and equity in school mental health. This page is created in collaboration with the Cultural Responsiveness and Equity Specialty Track of the Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health (CREtrack@som.umaryland.edu). We will add to the content on this page in coming weeks.
- Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom: A Resource for Educators: This National Child Traumatic Stress Network resource helps educators understand how they might address the interplay of race and trauma and its effects on students in the classroom. The guide outlines recommendations for educators and offers a list of supplemental resources. It should be implemented in accordance with individual school policies and procedures.
- Anti-racist Reading List from Ibram X. Kendi: This community-created list from the Chicago Public Library contains books dedicated to helping individuals learn how to be anti-racist.
- Building Racial Justice and Equity: The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development has compiled resources to collectly work to dismantle racism at every level.
- Countering COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Stigma and Racism: Tips for Parents and Caregivers: The NASP resource provides tips for parents and caregivers on countering COVID-related racism.
- Creating the Space to Talk About Race in Your School: The National Education Association's edjustice resources developed a resource guide to create spaces to talk about race in classrooms.
- Distance Learning During COVID-19: 7 Equity Considerations for Schools and Districts: This issue brief from the Southern Education Foundation provides guidance for equity considerations in light of COVID-19.
- Educational Equity and Coronavirus: Promoting Instructional Equity and Student Well-being: From the Education Trust - New York "Responding to the coronavirus through an educational equity lens starts by recognizing that vulnerable students are at particular risk when schools are closed for any length of time. On this page you will find resources for policymakers and education leaders designed to focus on the needs of historically underserved groups of students during this crisis."
- Elmo's Dad Louie Explains Racism and the Power of Protesting: NBC's Today Show shares and discusses the Sesame Street clip where Elmo discusses protests and racism with his father, Louie.
- Racial Trauma Toolkit: The Boston College Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture provides a manuscript and infographic on the trauma symptoms communities of Color may experience.
- Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News: From the Child Mind Institute, this guide steps those who interact with children through how to validate feelings, talk about race and racism, work through tough questions, and more.
- Social Justice: The National Association of School Psychologists has developed resources and guidance on understanding bias and privilege and supporting youth and families.
- Systemic Racism Explained: Systemic racism affects every area of life in the US. From incarceration rates to predatory loans, and trying to solve these problems requires changes in major parts of our system. Here's a closer look at what systemic racism is, and how we can solve it. This video is created by act.tv, a progressive media company specializing in next generation live streaming and digital strategy.
- Talking About Race: The National Museum of African American History & Culture for educators, caregivers, and involved community members sorted by topics of bias, whiteness, and self-care.
- Talking to Kids About Racism and Justice: A List for Parents, Caregiver, & Educators: The Oakland Library developed a curated list of books, articles, videos, websites, and more, broken down by age range to assist adults in discussions of racism and justice with children.
- Teaching Tolerance is an organization who's mission is "to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy." Their website features resources to support teaching about Black Lives Matters, Race, Racism, Police Violence, and much more.
- Twitter Thread of Black School Psychologists by Celeste Malone, PhD.