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Resources for Responding to Acts of Racism and Hate


August 14, 2017

Our students will be back in school in a few short weeks and some will have questions and anxiety about what happened in Charlottesville. Here are some resources for responding to incidents of hateful words, actions, and images and making sure your students feel welcome, supported, and valued.

How to Deal with Acts of Racism and Hate in Schools

  • Before a Crisis Occurs

    How can you and others assess your school's climate with an eye toward defusing tension, preventing escalation and avoiding problems?

  • When There's a Crisis

    What are the key points to consider when responding to a crisis that has been triggered by a bias incident at your school?

  • After the Worst is Over

    How can you address long-term planning and capacity building for the future, including development of social emotional skills?


White Supremacy


Talking About Race in the Classroom


Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events


Teaching Tolerance and Acceptance

  • 10 Ways to Go Back to School with Anti-Bias Education

    Ten ways to take advantage of resources from the Anti-Defamation League and brush up on your anti-bias education practices.

  • GLSEN's Ready, Set, Respect! Elementary Toolkit

    We all want students to feel safe and respected and to develop respectful attitudes and behaviors. GLSEN developed Ready, Set, Respect! to provide tools to support elementary educators like you with these efforts. The kit provides a set of tools that will help you prepare to teach about respect and includes lesson plans that can help you seize teachable moments. The lessons focus on name-calling, bullying and bias, LGBT-inclusive family diversity and gender roles and diversity and are designed to be used as either standalone lessons or as part of a school-wide anti-bias or bullying prevention program.


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