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Educational Materials

Five Myths of Talking About Race with Your Child (Free)
When and how to talk about race with children is widely debated. In this article for RIISE blog (, Border Crossers' Executive Director, Jaime-Jin Lewis, debunks some of the myths surrounding race and children and provides simple tools for entering into conversations that cultivate a positive racial identity development in young people. Download
The ABCs of how to talk to your child about differences - For Parents! (Free)
Border Crossers draws from experts in the field of multicultural and social justice education to inform its curriculum development and training methodology. The ABCs offer some tools and resources for how to engage children in conversations about differences. Download
Talking About Race with K-5: Honoring Teachable Race Moments ($$)
What do you do when a student asks you a tough question about race? How can you affirm students' observations and follow their natural curiosities about race? We believe that equipping teachers with strategies for having conversations about race with young people is a crucial -- but often overlooked -- component of interrupting patterns discrimination, inequity and de facto segregation in our schools. Learn more about our approach in this guide! Email for Material

Reading List


Bolgatz, J. (2005). Talking Race in the Classroom. New York: Teachers College Press.

Derman-Sparks, L. & the A.B.C. Task Force (1989). Anti-bias curriculum: Tools for empowering young children. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Derman-Sparks, L. & Phillips, C. B. (1997). Teaching/learning anti-racism: A developmental approach. New York: Teachers College Press.

Fine, M. (1991). Framing dropouts: Notes on the politics of an urban high school. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Freire, P. (1970b). Pedagogy of the oppressed. New York: Seabury Press.

Giroux, Henry A. (1992)Border Crossings: Cultural Workers and the Politics of Education. New York: Routledge Publishing.

hooks, bell (1994). Teaching to transgress: Education as the practice of freedom. New York: Routledge.

Hughes, S. A. & Berry, T. R. (Eds.) (2012). The evolving signifcance of race: Living, learning, and teaching. New York: Peter Lang.

Kozol, J. (1991). Savage inequalities. New York: Harper/Perennial.

Lee, E., Menkart, D., Okazawa-Rey, M. (1998). Beyond heroes and holidays: A practical guide to K-12 anti-racist, multicultural education and staff development. Washington, DC: Network of Educators on the Americas [NECA].

Nieto, S. (1996). Affirming diversity: The sociopolitical context of multicultural education, 2nd. ed. White Plains, NY: Longman.

Paley, V. ( 1979). White Teacher. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Pollock, M. (2004). Colormute: Race talk dilemmas in an American school. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Pollock, M. (Ed.) (2008). Everyday antiracism: Getting real about race in school. New. York: The New Press.

Tatum, B. D. (1997). “Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?” and other conversations about race. New York:  Harper/Collins.

Van Ausdale, D. & Feagin, J.R. (2001). The first R: How children learn race and racism. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

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