If you’re looking for a starting point for conversations about anti-racism with your children or students, WeAreTeachers has put together a helpful library of 21 videos on anti-racism.
Some of the videos offer advice to adults, ensuring you’re confident and prepared to lead these important discussions. Others are made for kids, including clips from Sesame Street and several read-alouds addressing topics like race, racism, and the importance of speaking out.
The resource roundup concludes with a list of free classroom-friendly films and user guides that will help you bring social justice topics to life. Together, these resources will support you in navigating the vital topic of anti-racism with the children in your life.
View the video library here.
SEL and Equity
Conscious Discipline believes that trauma-responsive social and emotional learning is a lens through which transformational change in the areas of racial equality, equity and inclusion is not only possible, but essential.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) can be a powerful lever for advancing equity. Conscious Discipline is built on a foundation of empathy, inclusion and unity. It helps create healthy, connected communities that support every individual in fulfilling their maximum potential. Children who practice SEL skills learn to manage their feelings, improve their communication and problem-solving skills, and examine other perspectives.
In schools, effective implementation of SEL builds an equitable environment where students feel welcome, accepted and valued. Conscious Discipline empowers adults to help students from all backgrounds and life experiences feel safe and connected enough to learn and thrive. SEL helps to close opportunity gaps and level the playing field.
However, we also recognize that SEL alone isn’t enough to resolve longstanding inequities. It’s vital to directly promote equity, listen and learn from one another, and have discussions that feel challenging or uncomfortable. Read more about Conscious Discipline’s organizational next steps here.
We hope that this resource—and the others we continue to share—will support parents and teachers in starting the conversation.