Discussing Racial Trauma with Students
Many in our community are experiencing grief related to racialized violence and trauma. Below, you will find actionable and easy-to-apply resources with tools to support student social-emotional well-being and engage students around these topics. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has a comprehensive guide to Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom intended to help educators understand how they might address the interplay of race and trauma and its effects on students in the classroom.
If you need additional support, please do not hesitate to contact your teacher, principal, or counselor.
Additional Easy to Use Social-Emotional Support Resources
Surviving & Resisting Hate: A Toolkit For People of Color from the Immigration, Critical Race, And Cultural Equity Lab
Reactions you might see and how you can help in, Helping Youth after Community Trauma: Tips for Educators, a guide from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
A quick guide to Talking Race with Young Children from National Public Radio (NPR)
Classroom and Lesson Planning Resources
Teaching Tolerance has a Let’s Talk Guide that can help classroom educators in creating the foundation for discussing race, racism, and other difficult topics with students.
The New York Times has compiled a Teaching & Learning Resource to support educators in helping students process and respond to what is going on.
The National Association of School Psychologists shares Talking About Race and Privilege: Lesson Plan for Middle and High School Students that can be presented over multiple class periods or sessions.
The Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) has created a curriculum library for current events that engage students in close reading and analysis of a text that presents two sides of an issue. Find lesson plans and discussion guides here.
Additional resources can be found on our website: https://www.brentwoodmoschools.org/community/race-and-equity