Why Ethnic and Social Equity Curriculum?

Grants and resources for teachers

Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture

Free resources for the classroom-books posters, curricula, pedagogy instruction- teaching tolerance, Howard zinn social studies curriculum

  • African American Heritage Trail
  • Abenaki Arts & Education website to the resource page. It is a free open education resource (OER) that had resources that are vetted by the Abenaki community. The website is a living project that is still growing as we have time. It also has curriculum materials like study guides that meet Vermont and National Standards.
  • Vermont Abenaki Artists Association – Our mission is to promote regional Indigenous arts, artists, culture, and to provide an organized central place to share creative ideas, and professional development. We accomplish this by creating engaging cultural events, educational programs, exhibitions, and curriculum materials. The Abenaki Arts & Education Center is the Education arm of the VAAA.

LGBTQIA Curricula:

Community resources- for building a culture that supports ethnic studies

Books & Multimedia

Elementary School:                                   

Picture Books featuring BISOC (Black/Indigenous/Students of Color):

  • “Crown an Ode to the Fresh Cut” by Derrick D. Barnes
  • “Don’t Touch My Hair!” by Sharee Miller
  • “Ada Twist, Scientist” by Andrea Beaty
  • “The Day You Begin” by Jacqueline Woodson
  • “We Are Grateful/Otsaliheliga” by Traci Sorell

Picture Books featuring LGBTQIA+ Youth:

  • “Julián Is a Mermaid” by Jessica Love
  • “Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress” by Christine Baldacchino
  • “Red: A Crayon’s Story” by Michael Hall
  • “Stella Brings the Family” by Miriam Baker Schiffer

Picture Books featuring Immigrants and Refugees:

  • “Drawn Together” by Minh Lê & Dan Santat
  • “Dreamers” by Yuyi Morales
  • “Carmela Full of Wishes” by Matt de la Peña & Christian Robinson
  • “Her Right Foot” by Dave Eggers & Shawn Harris

Additional Picture Book Recommendations:

  • “Not my Idea: a book about whiteness” by Anastasia Higginbotham
  • “Love” by Matt de la Peña & Loren Long

Middle School:

Books featuring BISOC (Black/Indigenous/Students of Color):

  • “Ghost Boys” by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • “Blended” by Sharon Draper
  • “Stars Beneath Our Feet” by David Barclay Moore
  • “Amal Unbound” by Aisha Saeed
  • “The First Rule of Punk” by Celia C. Pérez
  • “Hearts Unbroken” by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  • “Full Cicada Moon” by Marilyn Hilton
  • “An Indigenous Peoples History of the United States” by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz
  • “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People” by Jean Mendoza (Adapter), Debbie Reese (Adapter)

Books featuring LGBTQIA+ Youth:

  • “George” by Alex Gino
  • “The Prince and the Dressmaker” by Jen Wang
  • “Lily and Dunkin” by Donna Gephart

Books featuring Immigrants and Refugees:

  • “Refugee” by Alan Gratz
  • “Escape from Aleppo” by N. H. Senzal
  • “Return to Sender” by Julia Alvarez
  • “A Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Park

Additional Book Recommendations:

  • “You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P!” by Alex Gino
  • “Out of My Mind” by Sharon Draper
  • “El Deafo” by Cece Bell
  • “The Seventh Wish” by Kate Messner

High School:

Books featuring BISOC (Black/Indigenous/Students of Color):

  • “Love, Hate and Other Filters” by Samira Ahmed
  • “Dear Martin” by Nic Stone
  • “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
  • “Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds
  • “#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women” by Charleyboy
  • “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon

Books featuring LGBTQIA+ Youth:

  • “Odd One Out” by Nic Stone
  • “The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali” by Sabina Khan
  • “Check, Please! Book 1: # Hockey” by Ngozi Ukazu
  • “What If It’s Us” by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Books featuring Immigrants and Refugees:

  • “Internment” by Samira Ahmed
  • “Escape from Aleppo” by N. H. Senzal
  • “Illegal” by Eoin Colfer

Additional Book Recommendations:

  • “The Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • “Speak: The Graphic Novel” by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • “Hey, Kiddo” by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Teaching Central America:

More than four million Central Americans reside in the United States today, yet the lack of resources in most schools on Central American heritage make the rich history and literature of the region invisible. Teaching for Change has launched a campaign to encourage and support teaching about Central America. We have collected lessons, book lists, biographies of noted historical figures, and readings for free use by classroom teachers.


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