“Practicing mindfulness is critically important on our racial reckoning journey. Mindfulness teaches us to step back and think about our own biases. We all have biases, it’s natural for human beings. What I love about this curriculum is that it doesn’t make us feel shame or guilt. It says, we recognize that we might have these biases, now what will we do? “Now what will we do?” is the most important part of the journey to becoming a person who is more empathetic, more compassionate and who is ready to tackle this issue of injustice in our own lives. This is something that Peace of Mind is doing and I fully support it. ” – Connie K. N. Chang, Peace of Mind Supporter
Antiracist teaching: we can do this!
Linda Ryden’s Keynote Address at the NNSTOY Summit on Revolutionizing Education
Taking an antiracist approach to social and emotional learning
COSEM Equity Conversation July 2020: Tovi Scruggs-Hussein and Linda Ryden
SOCIAL JUSTICE CURRICULUM FOR ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL
This set of 17 Supplemental lessons teaches the practice of mindfulness not only as a means to help students calm down, but also as a skill to help them become kind and courageous peacemakers and agents of positive change. These lessons are designed to be taught in conjunction with the Peace of Mind Core Curriculum for Grades 3 to 5 and/or the Peace of Mind Curriculum for Grades 4 and 5.
We created this free Lesson Supplement because we believe that antiracism work is some of the most important work that teachers can be doing right now. Mindfulness can be a powerful tool to support this work. The lessons in this Supplement provide a framework for teaching children about racism, discrimination, implicit bias, stereotypes and bigotry. We can’t help to build the world that our children deserve without acknowledging and reckoning with these forces.
The Peace of Mind Core Curriculum for Middle School includes 32 lessons that offer a foundation in mindfulness, neuroscience, social emotional learning and conflict resolution to help students increase personal well-being and develop the tools to work for social justice.
This curriculum prepares students to address bias, discrimination and racism with compassion and skill. It also includes an extensive resource section to help educators prepare to teach challenging social justice topics.
Each 45 minute lesson starts with mindfulness practice co-led by a student (or students). Lessons finish with Peace Partners, paired discussions that help to build class cohesion and compassion.
Find more information here, on our Curriculum Page.
TWO KEY MINDFULNESS PRACTICES FOR ANTI-RACIST TEACHING: COMPASSION AND METACOGNITION
Remote Control Breathing
Anti-Racist Teaching Resources
Haymarket Books (2020, June 23) Abolitionist Teaching and the Future of Our Schools “A conversation with Bettina Love, Gholdy Muhammad, Dena Simmons and Brian Jones about abolitionist teaching and antiracist education.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJZ3RPJ2rNc
Nick News (2020, June 29) Kids, Race, and Unity | Hosted By Alicia Keys
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWsMEIODo6g “Hosted by Alicia Keys, Nick News talks with founders and leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement, offer tools for families to have constructive conversations about race, and highlights teen activists who are fighting racial injustice”
TED (2019, January) Liz Kleinrock How to Teach Kids to Talk about Taboo Topicshttps://www.ted.com/talks/liz_kleinrock_how_to_teach_kids_to_talk_about_taboo_topics?language=en
TED. (2014, December 15). Verna Myers: How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYyvbgINZkQ
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man (2020, June 3) In this video series, former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho’s “sits down to have an “uncomfortable conversation” with white America, in order to educate and inform on racism, system racism, social injustice, rioting & the hurt African Americans are feeling today.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8jUA7JBkF4&feature=youtu.be
Vox (2015 January 13) The Myth of Race “You may know exactly what race you are, but how would you prove it if somebody disagreed with you? Jenée Desmond Harris explains.”
Articles and Essays
ADL.org (2019, April) How Should I Talk about Race in my Mostly White Classroom? https://www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/how-should-i-talk-about-race-in-my-mostly-white-classroom
Hammond, Zaretta (2015, April 9) Four Tools for Interrupting Implicit Bias. https://crtandthebrain.com/four-tools-for-interrupting-implicit-bias/.
Landsman, Julie ( 2016, November) Helping Students Discuss Race Openly. http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/nov16/vol74/num03/Helping-Students-Discuss-Race-Openly.aspx.
Madda, Mary Jo (2019) Dena Simmons: Without Context Social Emotional Learning Can Backfire. EdSurge. https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-05-15-dena-simmons-without-context-social-emotional-learning-can-backfire
McIntosh, Peggy (1990) White Privilege: Unpacking Invisible Knapsacks. Teaching Tolerance.https://www.tolerance.org/classroom-resources/texts/white-privilege-unpacking-the-invisible-knapsack
Simmons, Dena (2019, April). Why We Can’t Afford Whitewashed Social-Emotional Learning. ASCD Education Update. http://www.ascd.org/publications/newsletters/education_update/apr19/vol61/num04/Why_We_Can’t_Afford_Whitewashed_Social-Emotional_Learning.aspx
Simmons, Dena (2017, April 18) How to Change the Story about Students of Color Dena Simmons explores how educators can inadvertently harm students of color—and what we can do to bring out their best. Greater Good Magazine https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_change_story_of_students_of_color
Oluo, Ijeoma So You Want to Talk About Race Seal Press, 2018. http://www.ijeomaoluo.com/.
Magee, Rhonda (2019) The Inner Work of Racial Justice. TarcherPerigee. https://www.rhondavmagee.com/.
Kendi, Ibram X. (2017) Stamped from the Beginning : The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. New York, NY, Nation Books. https://www.ibramxkendi.com/.
Hammond, Zaretta (2014) Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain. Corwin.https://crtandthebrain.com/.
DiAngelo, Robin (2018) White Fragility. Beacon Press. https://robindiangelo.com/publications/.
Teaching Tolerance. Let’s Talk: Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics with Students. http://www.tolerance.org/sites/default/files/general/TT%20Difficult%20Conversations%20web.pdf