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Resources on Race Relations: Resources for Schools to address issues of race/ethnic relations

This list is in process. We plan to update it periodically at least as long as our project continues (currently through 2001). At this point, we are not recommending any particular resources over others. Resources that appear on this list have not been through any kind of screening or evaluation; we are simply passing the information along and expecting that interested users will review any materials themselves. Also, please note that we have tried to include only resources that specifically address inter-group relations, and have not included the vast materials that teach about a single group.

Videos and Films: (note that many of these require a facilitator)

Color of Fear. Lee Mun-Wah holds a dialogue with six men, including Asian, African American, European American, and Latino men about race and racism in their lives. To find out how this video can be used in your context and for information on local facilitators contact: Stir Fry Consulting 470 3rd Street Oakland Ca. 510-419-3930

Skin Deep. A group of multicultural college students dialogue on issues of race and racism. Originally filmed in 1994, includes an update fimed with four of the students in 1997. Discussion guide included.For more information: Iris Films Website: or, write to Skin Deep, c/o 105 Terry Drive, Suite 120 Newton, PA 18940-3425

Peace Talks: Stepping up to Peace. Series of videos shows multiethnic groups of teenagers in three cities––The Bronx, NY; Talahassee, FL; and Pinole, CA --talking about violence, race relations, and building community. Michael Pritchard is the facilitator. Distributed by: The Bureau for At-Risk Youth. 135 Dupont St., Plainview, NY 11803

Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary. An award winning documentary on the conflicts and tensions created by the current anti-immigrant, anti-bilingual climate and the impact on teachers and children. Good for raising awareness, but does not provide strategies or solutions. For more information call: Video Finders 1-800-842-2298

Off Track: Classroom Privilege for All. By Michele Fine, et al. "This video takes the viewer into a World Literatures classroom where all the students in the room––lower income, middle class, and affluent: white, African American, Asian-American and Latino; girls and boys; those automatically ‘advanced’ and those who have been labeled in need of ‘special education’––receive and produce high quality education. Ideal for staff development." 30 min. Available from:

NECA/Teaching for Change PO Box 73038 Washington, DC 20056-3038 Phone: (202) 238-2379 FAX ((202) 238-2378 E-mail: Website:


Rethinking Schools (An Urban Educational Journal). Regularly contains features addressing issues of ethnic, racial, and linguistic diversity from critical perspectives.

Rethinking Schools, Ltd. 1001 E. Keefe Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53212. Tel: (414) 964-9646; FAX: (414) 964-7220. Current subscription Rates: $12.50 for one year

Teaching Tolerance. Designed for teachers. Published by the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, Alabama 36104. Tel: (334) 264-0268; Order FAX: (334) 264-3121. Free to educators who request subscription on school letterhead.


Making the Peace: A 15-Session Violence Prevention Curriculum for Young People. By Paul Kivel and Alan Creighton. Designed for high school students. Distributed by: Hunter House Inc. PO Box 2914. Alameda, CA 94501-0914 Tel: (510) 865-5282 Fax: (510) 865-4295

Open Minds to Equality: A Sourcebook of Learning Activities to promote Race, Sex, Class and Age Equity. Schniedewind, N., and E. Davidson. (1998). "Grades K-12. Useful for teachers and parents. Ready-to-use classroom lessons to build trust, communication and cooperation; challenge stereotypes; analyze the impact of discrimination; and learn how to create change." Allyn and Bacon. Available from: NECA/Teaching for Change (202) 238-2379

Cooperative Learning: A Response to Linguistic and Cultural Diversity. Daniel D. Holt, editor.

"This book provides teacher trainers with the theoretical rationale and practical strategies for creating successful group activities for students from diverse language backgrounds. It brings together two fields, cooperative learning and applied linguistics, to create optimal schooling experiences for all students." Delta Systems Co., Inc. 1400 Miller Prkwy., McHenry, IL 60050

Order toll-free from at 1-800-323-8270 (9-5 EST). The cost is $18.95 plus shipping and handling.

Conflict Resolution: An Elementary School Curriculum, and

Conflict Resolution: A Secondary School Curriculum

The Community Board Program, Inc.

Conflict Resolution Resources for Schools and Youth

These curricula are widely used in the greater San Francisco Bay area. They seem to be popular due to their "human relations / how-to-get-along" orientation as well as their teacher friendly lesson plan format. The elementary curriculum does not, however, deal explicitly with conflicts about ethnicity, race and racism.

1540 Market Street, #490 San Francisco, CA 94102. Tel: (415) 552-1250

Anti-Bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children. By Louise Derman Sparks. (1989) Curriculum developed with premise that very young children absorb societal biases. National Association for the Education of Young Children; 1834 Connecticut Ave., NW; Washington, DC 20009-5786.

Different and the Same: Helping Children Identify and Prevent Prejudice. (1995, Family Communications). Units include: Name calling; Being excluded from mainstream culture; Speaking a different language; Stereotyping; Standing up against prejudice; Interracial friendships; Cultural identity/assimilation; Definitions of being American; Hate crimes.

GPN Box 80669, Lincoln, NE 68501-0669 To order, call (800) 228-4630 FAX: (402) 472-4076

Organizations that provide assistance and materials:

A World of Difference. Developed by the Anti-defamation League of B’Nai B’rith, this program offers teachers and community groups free workshops in such areas as designing extracurricular activities for youth, teaching conflict resolution techniques, and involving immigrant parents in their children’s activities.

Bridges: A School Inter-Ethnic Relations Program. Orange County Human Relations.

1300 South Grand Ave, Building B; Santa Ana, CA 92705. Tel: (714) 567-7470.

Conflict Resolution Unlimited. Student Mediation Programs for students at elementary, middle and high school levels can help create more productive lives. The program is an effective way to teach anger management, conflict resolution, and basic communication skills to young people. It is preventative as it targets high risk students and helps them develop self esteem as well as new strategies for dealing with conflict including cultural diversity issues . . . including a team of trainers who practice mediation and who also reflect ethnic, cultural and gender diversity. CRU 845 106th Avenue NE, Suite 109; Bellevue, WA 98004 Tel: 206-451-4015 Fax: 206-451-1477 Email: Web:

Educators for Social Responsibility. Books, videos, and professional development workshops. For more information: 1-800-370-2515. FAX (617) 864-5164. E-mail:

Web site:

Facing History and Ourselves: An approach, rather than a curriculum package, that teaches students to critically examine historical events, most intensely the Holocaust, to help them understand the roots of racism and hatred and to promote a more humane and informed citizenry.

Main Office: 16 Hurd Road; Brookline, MA 02146. Tel: (617)232-1595. Fax: (617) 232-0281.

Network of Educators on the Americas (NECA) and the Teaching for Change Project.

"NECA’s goal is to promote peace, justice and human rights through critical, anti-racist, multicultural education. NECA creates opportunities for the development of equitable relationships among families, students, school staff and community members. We believe that these relationships are essential to transform schools so that they are academically rigorous, participatory, culturally affirming, equitable, liberating, connected to the community, and respectful of the strengths that people bring. NECA offers speakers, seminars, and staff development workshops."

Teaching for Change was launched to provide resources for school staff and parents who seek to transform schools. Going beyond the traditional "heroes and holidays" approach, the materials in the Teaching for Change Catalog help educators integrate the experiences of the peoples who have been left in the margins of the curriculum: African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asians, women, and working-class people of all races. For free catalog:

NECA/Teaching for Change PO Box 73038 Washington, DC 20056-3038 Phone: (202) 238-2379 FAX ((202) 238-2378 E-mail: Website:

STAR (Students Talking about Racism): Designed by the People for the American Way to help middle and high school students confront feelings about prejudice and diversity through discussions facilitated by college students/peer mentors. Used in the San Francisco schools, Los Angeles USD, and elsewhere. Dr. Joe McKenna, STAR Managing Director, 2852 South Barrington Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064-3613. Telephone: (310) 478-5857

People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. This cadre of very experienced and knowledgeable multicultural trainers provide workshops in leadership, community empowerment and unlearning racism. Based in Louisiana, they regularly conduct training workshops throughout the country.

1444 N. Johnson Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116 Telephone: (504) 944-2354

TODOS Institute: A co-producer of the Making the Peace curriculum, they conduct training on conflict resolution that explicitly address issues of ethnicity, culture, and race/racism.

1203 Preservation Way Oakland, California Telephone: 510-835-2433

West Oakland Health Council Conflict Resolution Program: Trains students in cross-cultural conciliation skills to help resolve conflicts among peers. Run by Millie Cleveland.

WOHC 2730 Adeline Street Oakland CA 94607 (510) 430-1771

Wellesley College Center for Research on Women. (address?) Provides information and materials on SEED model for dialogue groups. SEED stands for Seeking Educational Equity in Diversity. Five stage model of inclusion developed by Peggy McIntosh.

Youth Together: Multicultural Student Teams Leading for Cross Cultural Understanding, Respect, and Justice. A youth program in five high schools in Oakland, Richmond, and Berkeley, CA.

For information, contact Margaretta Lin, ARC Associates, 1212 Broadway, #400, Oakland, CA 94612.

Tel: (510) 834-9455. FAX (510) 763-1490 Web site:

Books, Manuals

Alameda County Office of Education. (1997). Hate Motivated Behavior in Schools: Response Strategies for School Boards, Administrators, Law Enforcement, and Communities. Hayward, CA: Alameda County Office of Education.

Banks, James. (1997). Teaching Strategies for Ethnic Studies. Allyn and Bacon

Bigelow, B., et al. (1994). Rethinking Our Classrooms: Teaching for Equity and Justice. "This 216 page booklet includes creative teaching, ideas, compelling narratives, and hands on examples of ways teachers can promote values of community, justice and equality––and build academic skills." ($6) Rethinking Schools, Ltd. 1001 E. Keefe Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53212.

Tel: (414) 964-9646; FAX: (414) 964-7220.

Cantor, Ralph, et al. Days of Respect: Organizing a School-Wide Violence Prevention Program. "Step-by-step instructions for putting together an event that brings together students, parents, teachers and community leaders for a common goal: preventing violence and creating an atmosphere of respect in school." Publisher: Hunter House Inc. PO Box 2914. Alameda, CA 94501-0914. Tel: (510) 865-5282 Fax: (510) 865-4295. $15. Also available from: NECA/Teaching for Change (202)-238-2379

Delpit, Lisa. (1995) Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom. New York, NY: The New Press.

Lee, Enid, et al. (1998). Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K-12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education and Staff Development. ". . . offers classroom lesson plans, staff development activities, reflections on teaching and an extensive resource guide for any educator who wants to go beyond the ‘heroes and holidays’ approach as they address multicultural education in their school. . .: $27 Available from: NECA/Teaching for Change (202) 238-2379

Grant, C., and Sleeter, C. (1991). Turning On Learning: Five Approaches to Race, Class, Gender, and Disability. Merrill Press/Prentice Hall

Tatum, Beverly. (1997). Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race. Scranton, PA: Harper Collins. (800) 331-3761.

Zinn, Howard. (1995). A People’s History of the United States. Harper Collins

Hate Crime: A Sourcebook for Schools. Handbook for schools that helps schools understand what a hate crime is, it’s causes, and how to design policies, programs, and practices to combat hate crimes. Available from Southwest Regional Educational Laboratory:


McIntosh, Peggy. (1989). White privilege: Unpacking the invisible knapsack. Peace and Freedom, July/August 89.

Lee, Enid. (1994). Taking Multicultural, Anti-racist education seriously. In Rethinking Classrooms, Teaching for Equity and Justice, (Rethinking Schools, Ltd.).


For information about this list or for a more recent copy, please contact:

Rosemary Henze, ARC Associates, 1212 Broadway #400, Oakland, CA 94612

Tel: (510) 834-9455 Fax: (510) 763-1490 E-mail: