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Social Justice Resources

June 8, 2020

How to do better

I believe that we have a role as educators to teach about race, social justice, equity and similar topics. This education should take place in the home and in every classroom. It can take on a variety of formats from teaching kindness and understanding to teaching culture and history to looking at, listening to, and creating artwork that provides a format for conversation. At every age we need to have open conversations to help bring an understanding of the value of every person’s life.

I have started to compile a list of resources to help support educators. I will continue to add to this blog post as my research leads me to more resources. I invite you to return to this blogpost in the future. And, if you have resources please share them with me at so I can include them or you can post them in the comment section below.

At the end of this post there is a link to a facebook page that belongs to the British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason. He and his 6 siblings performed “a tribute to the families and communities who are affected by racism and racist violence.” Their message is one that arts educators understand: “music is a form of expression and a testament to hope and love.”


  • Young Children
    • Patricia Polacco books
      • Pink and Say
      • Chicken Sunday
      • Holes in the Sky
    • Ashley Bryan books
      • Beautiful Blackbird
      • Freedom Over Me
      • Infinite Hope
    • Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester
    • Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
    • Books by Ezra Jack Keats
    • Books by Leo and Diane Dillon
    • Books by Jerry and Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • Middle Grades
    • A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée
    • Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
    • New Kid by Jerry Craft
    • Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt
  • Young Adult
    • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
    • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
    • I am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina
  • Books to Teach White Children and Teens How to Undo Racism and White Supremacy – a long list of books available
  • the conscious kid – website of books





Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s facebook page archived livestream.


Maine Public

June 8, 2020

Lessons for grades 3-5 students

In addition to ‘schooling away from school’ teachers from across Maine have created videos focused on the learning for students in grades 3-5. This was a response to families who have little or no access to the internet. 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year, Sedomocha School music educator and Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader Kaitlin Young has a lesson included in the series. More videos will be posted in the near future.

The Learning Space is broadcast Mondays through Fridays at Maine Public Television.

12:00 p.m. – New episodes 12:30 – Rebroadcast episodes

Maine Public, the Maine Department of Education, and Educate Maine have joined forces to create original, educational programming for students in grades 3 through 5. Dedicated teachers from across Maine have developed original video lessons, pulling content from their own lesson plans and sources to provide exceptional learning opportunities for Maine students.

This project would not be possible without the help from these valued partners:

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