Dr. Paul Hernandez spoke at my district's Social Justice and Diversity Conference a few years ago. He now has an insightful book that blends practical strategies with theory about how to reach at-risk students. There are multiple examples of ways to build relationships with students. This is something I believe is critical, yet difficult to define. The book gives interesting and true insight into student struggles which can increase understanding and student success.
This is a great, accessible website with examples of "social justice math" and how to incorporate these concepts into instruction. There can definitely be challenges to creating and implementing a great project but this is a great starting point to think about topics and ways to do it. It has inspired me to teach area and volume through measuring different areas in our school and also for teaching some consumer finance. There are also links to other similar books and websites.
Book which explores our hidden biases and our unconscious perceptions of social groups. This is a great foundation book for anyone interested in learning more about how our biases affect us. I've found that many people want to believe that they are not biased. However, that is simply not true.
Article on LDonline by Rick Lavoie aimed towards special education teachers but pertinent for anyone who faces challenging conversations with colleagues or systemic obstacles when working with students. From my experience, I have encountered obstacles when I introduce a different way of thinking to my colleagues and school district. These are good tips to keep in mind and also to realize that it is important and sometimes necessary to advocate for our students.
Article about the teaching tool/concept of approaching history/social studies through using the components of story to develop context and meaning for instruction. I was introduced to the Story Path curriculum and adapted it to fit our ancient Mesopotamia unit. It really helped students become engaged in the process and connect the different events and concepts in a way I had not seen before.
Webinar by Dr. Sherroky Hollie of the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning, his website has lots of great additional resources, but I love that this webinar introduces the concepts of culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and how it benefits underserved students. He also includes specific strategies and activities to support reading, academic vocabulary and classroom management.
Teaching Tolerance is the educational arm of the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization dedicated to fighting bigotry and hatred. I've linked to their wonderful film kits which are available for free. At my middle school we routinely use "Mighty Times: The Children's March" to introduce students to the civil rights movement and to discuss how young people can change the world. It is a very high quality documentary and students love it.