The last few weeks have been very difficult times for all Americans as we see injustices happening each day. It is also a time to be grateful for those of us who are advocating for social justice in our communities, states and country. Our demands to address justice, equity and drive inclusion are needed. Given all the coverage in the news and the coverage in our communities and homes, I think it is important to share some great resources on how to speak to children about social justice.
- Understood.org has a guide for parents who speak Spanish on how to talk to their children about social justice.
- This Saturday June 13, 2020 from 1- 1:30 pm the Boston Public Library will have a live video of the book “Not My Idea: S Storytime about Whiteness and Racial Justice” Live video here
3. Talking about Race: History of African- Americans for teachers from the National Museum of African-American History and Culture
5. A website of books on social justice https://socialjusticebooks.org/booklists/
6. An article about a teacher who didn’t think she was racist reflects on here experiences
Professor Claudia Rinaldi is the Chair of the Education Program at Lasell University. Her areas of research are the implementation of the Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) framework in urban settings with English learners, teacher education in bilingual special education, and diversifying the teacher pipeline. Claudia has authored peer-reviewed publications and a book for educators called Practical Ways to Engage All Struggling Readers. She lead and developed a graduate certificate program in Teaching Bilingual Students with Disabilities for general, ESL and special education teachers geared towards applying research-informed practices to the questions and processes of identifying whether it is a language difference or a learning disability. Claudia developed a college mentoring program called Pathways to Teacher Diversity for districts and teacher education programs to partner in identifying and supporting underrepresented high school students interested in teaching careers to successfully access and persist in college. She serves in various boards including the National Center for Learning Disabilities and serves as an expert for Understood.org and the National Center for Intensive Interventions.
Professor Claudia Rinaldi believes that it is critical to prepare teacher leaders who may serve as advocates and allies and who will respond to the belief that all students can learn and succeed beyond barriers like culture, language, disability poverty, and marginalization in our country and globally.