Racial and Social Justice in Education Toolkit

Organizing for Social and Racial Justice in Education

We compiled top resources from successful workshops offered by CFT — about working with undocumented students, dismantling male supremacy and white supremacy, and implicit bias. And we’ve looped in more CFT toolkits — to provide you a comprehensive set of resources on a wide range of relevant topics in our Racial and Social Justice in Education toolkit.

Supporting Undocumented Students

Find resources from the workshop Supporting Our Undocumented Community: A Call to ActionRead our story here. 

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CFT Safe Havens Toolkit
Find CFT’s comprehensive collection of resources from AFT and other community allies. You can find booklets, flyers, and a poster, websites and lesson plans.

Undocumented Students Support E-Handbook
This new electronic handbook aims to collect and elevate promising practices across the California Community Colleges in order to provide undocumented students with holistic resources and services.

UnDocuAlly Toolkit
This google drive contains information from the workshop at the CFT Leadership Conference, including the slides presented, family resources, and collective bargaining MOUs. Materials have been compiled by members of the Los Rios College Federation of Teachers. 

Understanding Implicit Bias

Find resources from the workshop Understanding Implicit Bias and StereotypesRead our story here. 

Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
Learning about implicit bias provides a lens to help examine causes of racial, gender, or other social disparities, even in the absence of explicit intent to discriminate. The Kirwin Institute at Ohio State University provides four training modules from the nation’s leading experts on implicit bias . The modules range from “Understanding Implicit Bias” to “Mitigating Unwanted Biases.” Each module has an introduction and several lessons. Knowledge about the operation of implicit bias can help inform the individual and institutional approaches you take to address inequitable outcomes in your classroom or school.

“The Look”
Watch this short video (less than 2 minutes) where people react in negative ways to a Black man — not holding the elevator for him, a driver rolling up the car windows when her daughter waves at his son, looking at him oddly when he and his son are in the pool, choosing not to sit near him at a diner. At the end of the video, the scene is a courtroom where he’s the judge. “Let’s talk about the look…so we can see beyond it.”

What Does it Mean to Be Anti-Racist?
In the wake of protests against police violence and the killings of Black and Brown people over the decades, the term “anti-racism” is popping up all over the place. What is anti-racism, and what does it mean to be anti-racist? Find out in the 10-minute video.

Ted Talk: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race
Jay Smooth is host of New York’s longest running hip-hop radio show, the Underground Railroad on WBAI 99.5 FM in NY, and is an acclaimed commentator on politics and culture. In this 11-minute talk, he discusses the sometimes thorny territory of how we discuss issues of race and racism, offering insightful and humorous suggestions for expanding our perception of the subject.

Project Implicit
On the Project Implicit site, you can take an Implicit Association Test (IAT) from a list of possible topics. The mission of Project Implicit is to educate the public about bias and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the internet. Project Implicit scientists produce high-impact research that forms the basis of our scientific knowledge about bias and disparities.

Dismantling Male Supremacy and White Supremacy

Find resources from the workshop Dismantling the Intersections of Male Supremacy Culture and White Supremacy Culture in Our WorkplacesRead our story here.

The urgency of intersectionality
Now more than ever, it’s important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias — and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term “intersectionality” to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you’re standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you’re likely to get hit by both. In this moving Ted talk, she calls on us to bear witness to this reality and speak up for victims of prejudice.

White supremacy culture
This is a list of characteristics of white supremacy culture that show up in our organizations. Culture is powerful precisely because it is so present and at the same time so very difficult to name or identify. The characteristics listed are damaging because they are used as norms and standards without being pro-actively named or chosen by the group. They are damaging because they promote white supremacy thinking.

Dismantling Racism Works Web Workbook
This online workbook, also from Dismantling Racism Works (dRworks), is offered as a resource to the community after the group worked with and learned from hundreds of activists, leaders, and community members and compiled this collection of resources.

NYPD’s infamous stop-and-frisk policy found unconstitutional
The controversial policy allowed police officers to stop, interrogate and search New York City citizens on the sole basis of “reasonable suspicion.” Judge Shira A. Scheindlin ruled that NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactics violate the U.S Constitution’s 4th Amendment prohibition of unreasonable searches and seizures. Overwhelming evidence suggests that the policy is used as a method of racially profiling and harassing Black and Latinx citizens.

Community Schools for Student Success

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CFT Community Schools Toolkit
Find out how community schools support students, educators and families. Find case studies from San Francisco and Los Angeles. And find links to a ton of resources about community schools in our toolkit. 

Safety and Support for LGBTQ+ Community

 Safe and Supportive Schools Report Card 2022

Safe and Supportive Schools Report Card
The people at Equality California have a useful resource in their second Safe and Supportive Schools Report Card, released in fall 2022. The data was gathered through their survey of the state’s 343 unified school districts to see what best practices and required protections the districts provide in support of LGBTQ+ student well-being on campus, looking at things like curriculum, cultural competency, and school climate. This report can be a helpful tool for teachers and support staff who are looking for guidelines when advocating for their students. Equality California also plans to develop a training for educators. (Our own CFT President Jeff Freitas sits on the Equality California Institute Board.)

CFT Pride Month Toolkit
Find top lessons plans, and resources for families and communities in our Pride Month Toolkit. The purpose of the commemorative month (June) is to recognize the impact that LGBTQ+ individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

Supporting the Asian American Pacific Islander Community

CFT AAPI Month Toolkit
Find key moments in the histories of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Also find important resources to break down Asian Pacific American bias and stop AAPI hate and bullying.