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Racial Justice in Education

Supporting Racial Justice for All Students
We are joining together across race and place to ensure every student has the opportunities they need to succeed.
Published: May 19, 2023
This toolkit originally appeared on

How to use this toolkit

  • Learn about how racial bias in things like school resourcing and discipline impacts students of color.
  • Find out how your school can adopt anti-racist curriculum that offers a full picture of our nation's history.
  • Take action to advocate for racial justice at school, and to support educators who foster dialogue on racial inequality in our communities.

Section 1: Getting Grounded in Racial Justice


Most of us believe that every child, no matter what they look like or where they come from, deserves a safe, just, and welcoming school where they can thrive.

But certain politicians try to divide us by sending police to monitor and punish Black and Brown students in schools that have been denied funding to even cover the basics, while ensuring well-resourced schools with mostly white students have enrichment activities, teacher training, and parent engagement.  

By joining together across race and place, we can rewrite the rules to ensure every student—whether Black, Brown, or White—has up-to-date learning materials that give a full picture of our nation’s history, the support of educators who are prepared to foster dialogue on racial justice and its impact on students and communities, and a well-resourced school environment.

Celebrating our Diversity

Use these resources to better understand where biases come from, and undertake the work of breaking down the walls that divide us.
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Everyone has biases. Addressing them will lead to a better learning environment for your students.
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NEA's Cultural Competency Training

Expand your capacity to students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
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The 1619 Project

The New York Times's Pulitzer Prize-winning initiative informs and challenges us to reframe U.S. history and better understand the hold of institutional racism on our communities.
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Find stories, resources and ideas to spark critical reflection, honest conversation and impactful actions in school communities.
Franchesca Mejia
We’re not going to become an anti-racist society unless we have uncomfortable conversations. We have to talk about what’s going on in the world, and we need to stop saying, we don’t want to make you uncomfortable.
Quote by: Franchesca Mejia, Austin, Texas, Orchestra teacher

Section 3: Fostering Cross-Cultural Understanding

Implementing Restorative Practices

As the scrutiny over “zero tolerance” discipline policies has intensified over the past decade, more school districts across the country have been looking at alternatives. Alternatives that don't push out an excessive number of students, don't create wide racial disparity gaps, and that overall foster a more inclusive and constructive learning environment. To many, the answer has been restorative practices. Learn more about restorative practices and incorporate them into the classroom with our resources below.

Restorative Practices Guide

This toolkit from the Schott Foundation helps educators understand what restorative practices are and how they foster safe learning environments through community building and constructive conflict resolution.
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Micro-Credentials for Restorative Practices

This stack of five micro-credentials is intended to give educators an understanding of Restorative Practices.
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Listen: School Me Podcast

Maryland educator Robin McNair answers our questions about how restorative practices can change school environments for the better (and for all students).

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Be a part of Team MAE

Want to be a part of an organization that does more than collect dues? MAE uses our collective power to protect you and support public education.
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Together we're stronger. Together we're heard.

You belong in the movement! Join today to belong to the movement of educators and school staff fighting for the pay and working conditions we all deserve.

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Mississippi Association of Educators (MAE) represents thousands of Mississippians—educators, students, activists, workers, parents, neighbors, friends—who believe in opportunity for all students and in the power of public education to transform lives and create a more just and inclusive society.