Resources to learn and talk about race, diversity and inequities in our world

Recent events in cities across the country have shed light on the racial injustice that exists within America. Your children may have questions and may need support to work through feelings of fear and anxiety as a result of trauma or from what they’ve heard and seen. Below is a collection of resources to help you learn more, navigate, and start important conversations.

While these resources can be helpful in the short-term, it is our plan that we continue and expand the conversation about social injustice to create a school community that is truly based on equity and access to opportunity for all students.


Resources for education and talking about race and racism

According to the American Psychological Association, when you avoid conversations about race and ethnicity, children are more likely to incorrectly judge other groups.

Below are resources to help you learn and talk about race, racism and social injustice.

Video

CNN, Sesame Street racism town hall

Organizations & Resource Collections

Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup 

American Psychological Association

American School Counselor Association

Anti-Defamation League

Anti-Racism Project

Child Mind Institute

Educolor

EmbraceRace

National Association of School Psychologists

National Museum of African American History & Culture

Teaching Tolerance

The Children’s Community School


Resources on how to support your children and family after trauma

Below are resources to help you support the emotional well being of you and your family.

Please know that your school community is here to support you, reach out to your school counselor, psychologist or social worker. Here’s a list by school.

Organizations & Resource Collections

American Psychological Association 

    Child Mind Institute

    National Association of School Psychologists

    New York State School Social Workers’ Association

    The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Children’s Bureau


    District Updates

    Superintendent’s Letter: June 2, 2020

    A message from Superintendent Dr. Marie Wiles:

    Dear Guilderland Central School District Community,

    I am writing today from a place of outrage and sadness. The events of this past week with the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the resulting violence have cut deep for our country and our community. What we have seen is a result of the very real issue of racism and inequality in our country that can no longer be ignored.

    In Guilderland, our mission is to prepare our children to meet the challenges and opportunities of their future, and that includes not tolerating acts of hate, discrimination and injustice. We want our children to be good citizens and stand up against racism, wherever and whenever it is encountered. We are continuing to explore ways to include this education and conversation in our schools and with our students.

    During this difficult time please know that we are thinking of you and your children. We are committed to listen and learn so we can do our part to address and fix inequalities in our systems. While we have taken steps to celebrate diversity and foster inclusion in our schools, we acknowledge that there is still a lot of work to be done. Please know we take very seriously our responsibility to ensure all our students, families and educators feel safe, respected and accepted no matter their race or gender.

    Please stay safe and healthy during this incredibly difficult time. The fabric of our school community is built on kindness, compassion, and humanity; we need to support one another now more than ever. Our principals and school counselors are here if your family needs resources or additional support.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Marie Wiles
    Superintendent

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