• Professional Learning & Lesson Plan Resources


    Providing Equity-Based Professional Development & Resources

    The department of E&SS is dedicated to supporting the development of teacher pedagogy and practice. This page provides information about ongoing PD opportunities and a list of powerful resources to aid any educator's journey toward making their classroom more equitable; hence, there are multiple resources available such as:

    • lesson plans,
    • curriculum guides,
    • informative articles,
    • video links,
    • websites, and
    • book suggestions.


    Take your time to engage with the resources on the page, contact Dr. Banks if you have any questions, and keep coming back! New resources will be added regularly.


    Courageous Conversations About Race


    The District has embarked on a multi-year professional development program for the entire system – from students to administrators and Board members guided by the Pacific Education Group (PEG). Pacific Educational Group’s (PEG) theory of change states, Courageous conversation precedes courageous action, and courageous action leads to racial equity transformation in our district, resulting in the elimination of racial achievement disparities (Singleton, 2014).



    Culturally-Responsive Teaching & The Brain


    Culturally responsive pedagogy can be a game-changer in a school’s pursuit of educational equity. But! CRT is more than just a set of activities, social justice lessons, or kinesthetic learning strategies. CSD educators studying CRT are building the capacity to discover the critical connections between student learning, culturally responsive practices, and neuroscience - thereby allowing them to customize CRT strategies, identify current mindsets that need to change in classrooms or schools, and practice Hammond's Ready for Rigor framework.



    Curriculum Resources and Lesson Plans

    Rethinking Schools

    Rethinking Schools attempts to be both visionary and practical . . . practical, because for too long, teachers and parents have been preached at by theoreticians, far-removed from classrooms, who are long on jargon and short on specific examples. Most importantly, it remains firmly committed to equity and to the vision that public education is central to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy. While writing for a broad audience, Rethinking Schools emphasizes problems facing urban schools, particularly issues of race.


    Rethinking Schools believes that classrooms can be places of hope, where students and teachers gain glimpses of the kind of society we could live in and where students learn the academic and critical skills needed to make that vision a reality.



    Southern Poverty Law Center: Teaching Tolerance

    Teaching Tolerance is a national education project dedicated to helping teachers foster equity, respect, and understanding in the classroom and beyond. The site includes activities, articles, fact sheets for students, and more.



     The Zinn Education Project

    The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. Based on the lens of history highlighted in Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States, the website offers free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by themetime period, and reading level.



    PBS - Classroom Resources and Lesson Plans

    Here, PBS has pulled together resources to help educators teach students about peace, tolerance, war, patriotism, geography, and other related issues.



    YAD Vashem - Holocaust Video Toolbox

    The Holocaust Education Video Toolbox is designed to help educators teach the Holocaust. The focus is on methodological and pedagogical suggestions that aid with this often daunting task, as well as practical materials and discussion points for classrooms and groups - hence the name, Video Toolbox. 



    A Lesson on the Japanese American Internment

    Teaching Activity. By Mark Sweeting. Rethinking Schools.
    How one teacher engaged his students in a critical examination of the language used in textbooks to describe the internment.




    Why English Class is Silencing Students of Color - Jamila Lyiscott - TEDxTheBenjaminSchool

    Viral TED speaker, spoken word poet, and social justice education scholar Dr. Jamila Lyiscott makes a powerful argument that to honor and legitimize all students, we must, likewise, legitimize and honor all of their varied forms of written and spoken discourse, practicing "Liberation Literacies" in the classroom. Jamila Lyiscott is currently a visiting assistant professor of Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.



    Culturally Relevant Pedagogy by Gloria Ladson Billings

    Master teacher and scholar Dr. Gloria Ladson Billings explains Culturally Relevant Teaching and discusses what it looks like when successfully applied in the classroom - 14min.



    Zaretta Hammond: Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain Webinar

    Discover from Zaretta Hammond how to use culturally responsive teaching to re-ignite authentic student engagement and accelerate learning - 57 min. (Start @ 1:50)



    Culturally Relevant Pedagogy In Mathematics: A Critical Need - Shelly Jones – TEDxCCSU

    Dr. Shelly M. Jones contributed to the text, The Brilliance of Black Children in Mathematics: Beyond the Numbers and Toward a New Discourse, and is an Associate Professor at Central Connecticut State University. Here, she explains how Culturally Relevant Pedagogy works in the Math classroom.



    Math as Social Justice - Gina Cherkowski - TEDxRundleAcademy

    Have you ever considered math as a human rights issue? Have you ever considered what the label “stupid” can do to a student? In this heart-felt and hard-hitting talk, Dr. Gina Cherkowski talks about how traditional math classes only reach 20% of students thereby creating a population that can only be consumers, not creators. Dr. Cherkowski goes on to talk about how teachers can change this math drought by revisioning the math class so that everyone can learn math - 14min.




    A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America

    By Ronald Takaki, adapted by Rebecca Stefoff. 2012.

    An adaptation for young readers of the classic multicultural history of the United States, A Different Mirror. A multicultural history of America, in the voices of Native Americans, African Americans, Jews, Irish Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and others.


    Picture of Takiki book


    A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America

    By Ronald Takaki, 2008.

    A multicultural history of America, in the voices of Native Americans, African Americans, Jews, Irish Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and others.


    Picture of Takiki Book




    In honor of Raising Race Conscious Children’s 100th post, this list lifts a quote from each and every blog post to date, modeling language that has actually been used in a conversation with a child regarding race (and other identity-markers such as gender and class). Through our blogworkshops/webinars, and small group workshop series, we support adults who are trying to talk about race with young children, with the goals of dismantling the color-blind framework and preparing young people to work toward racial justice.