Teaching about Racism, Violence, Inequity and the Criminal Justice System

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    For Parents, Families, and Caregivers
We Will Not Go Back March Protestors 2014
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For the past several years, there have been incidents of police officers involved in the deaths of Black and Latinx  people. In many of these cases, police officers were not indicted and not convicted when brought to trial. These cases have brought about a wide range of emotions, conversations, policy proposals, protests and actions. Because this is an important conversation that teachers, parents and family members want to have with young people, below are relevant lesson plans, related curricula and additional anti-bias resources and strategies to help you discuss this topic with young people in school and at home.

Curriculum Resources on Bias, Race and Injustice

Freddie Gray & Baltimore Unrest: Exploring the Case Using Op-Eds

High School
This lesson provides an opportunity for high school students to discuss the case of Freddie Gray’s death and the protests that took place in Baltimore and elsewhere. In the lesson, students will learn more about the case, read and analyze several op-eds about it and use what they learned to write their own argumentative essays with a specific point of view and evidence to support their positions.

Educator and Parent Resources for Discussing Issues of Race and Activism with Young People

Children's and Young Adult Literature: Includes Discussion Guides for Teachers and Families Books

I Am Alfonso Jones

As Alfonso Jones is buying his first suit, an off-duty police officer mistakes a clothes hanger for a gun, and he shoots Alfonso. When Alfonso wakes up in the afterlife, he's on a ghost train guided by well-known victims of police shootings, who teach him what he needs to know about this subterranean spiritual world.