Equity-Based Resources

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Empowering Youth
Centering Equity (Books and Websites)
  • Allen, J. (2007). Creating welcoming schools: A practical guide to home-school partnerships with diverse families. New York, NY: Teachers College Press
  • Benson, T., & Fiarman, S. (2019) Unconscious Bias in Schools. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press
  • Bigelow, B., Christensen, L. (1994). Rethinking our schools: teaching for equity and social justice. Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools Ltd
  • Campos, D. (2005). Understanding gay and lesbian youth: Lessons for straight school teachers, counselors, and administrators. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press
  • Chardin, M., & Novak, K (2021) Equity by Design: Delivering on The Power and Promise of UDL. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press
  • Coates, T. (2015). Between the World & Me. New York, NY: Spiegel & Grau.
  • Delgado, R., & Stefancic, Eds. (1997). Critical White Studies: Looking Behind the Mirror. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press
  • Delgado, R., & Stefancic, J., (2017). Critical Race Theory: An Introduction. New York, NY: New York University Press
  • Delpit, L. (1995). Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict In The Classroom. New York, NY: New Press
  • Delpit, L. (Ed). (2002). The Skin That We Speak. New York: New Press
  • Delpit, L. (2013). Multiplication Is for White People: Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children. New York, NY: The New Press
  • Derman-Sparks, L., Phillips, C. (1997). Teaching/ Learning Anti-Racism: A Developmental Approach. New York, NY: Teachers College Press
  • Derman-Sparks, L., & Ramsey, P. G. (2006). What If All The Kids Are White?: Anti-bias multicultural education with young children and families. New York: Teachers College Press
  • DiAngelo, R. (2018). White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
  • Driver, S. (Ed.). (2008). Queer Youth Cultures. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press
  • Emdin, C. (2016) For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too. Boston, MA: Beacon Press
  • Fleming, C. (2018). How To Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy & The Racial Divide. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
  • Guo, W., & Vulchi, P. (2019) Tell Me Who You Are. New York, NY: TarcherPerigee
  • Hammond, Z. (2014) Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin
  • Jewell, T. (2020). This Book is Anti-Racist. Minneapolis, MN: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
  • Kendall, F. (2012). Understanding White Privilege: Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race, 2nd. Ed. New York, NY: Routledge
  • Kendi, I. X. (2019). How To Be An Antiracist. New York, NY: One World.
  • Kendi, I. X. (2016). Stamped From the Beginning. New York, NY: Nation Books
  • Kendi, I. X., & Reynolds, J. (2020). Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism and You. New York, NY: Little, Brown and Co.
  • Kendi, I. X. & Blain, K. N. (Eds.) (2021). Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019. New York, NY: One World
  • Kivel, P. (1996). Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work For Racial Justice. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publisher.
  • Kullen, A. (1996). Peopling of America: A Timeline of Events That Helped Shape Our Nation. Beltsville, Maryland: The Portfolio Project, Inc.
  • Ladson-Billings, G. (1997). The Dreamkeepers: Successful teachers of African American children. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
  • Ladson-Billings, G. (2001). Crossing over to Canaan: The journey of new teachers in diverse classrooms. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
  • Landsman, J. & Lewis, C. W. (Eds.). (2006). White Teachers/Diverse Classrooms: A Guide To Building Inclusive Schools, Promoting High Expectations, & Ending Racism. Sterling, VA: Stylus
  • Lindsey, D., Lindsey, R., Nuri-Robins, K., Terrell, R. (2012). Culturally proficient instruction: a guide for people who teach. Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin
  • Love, B. (2019). We Want to Do More Than Survive. Boston, MA: Beacon Press
  • McIntyre, A. (1997). Making meaning of whiteness: exploring racial identity with white teachers. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.
  • Menakem, R. (2017). My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies. Las Vegas, NV: Central Recovery Press
  • Miller, J. & Garran, A. M. (2008). Racism in the United States: Implications for the Helping Professions. Belmont, CA: Thompson.
  • Moore, E. & Michael, A. (2018) The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin
  • Muhammad, G. (2020). Cultivating Genius. New York, NY: Scholastic Inc
  • O’Hearn C., Ed. (1998) Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural. New York, NY: Pantheon Books
  • Oluo, I. (2018). So You Want To Talk About Race. New York, NY: Seal Press.
  • Perry, I. (2019) Breathe: A Letter to My Sons. Boston, MA: Beacon Press
  • Perry, M. (2000). Walking the color line: The art and practice of anti-racist teaching. New York, NY: Teachers College Press
  • Pollock, M., Ed. (2008) Everyday Antiracism. New York, NY: The New Press
  • Rankine, C. (2014). Citizen: An American Lyric. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press
  • Rankine, C. (2020). Just Us: An American Conversation. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press
  • Roediger, D. (2005). Working Toward Whiteness: How America’s Immigrants Became White. New York, NY: Basic Books
  • Rothenberg, P. S. (Ed.). (2002). White Privilege: Essential Readings on The Other Side of Racism. New York: Worth.
  • Saad, L. (2020). Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks.
  • Sadowski, M. (Ed). (2004). Teaching Immigrant And Second-Language Students: Strategies For Success. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education
  • Singleton, G. E., & Linton, C. (2006). Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide For Achieving Equity In Schools. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
  • Sparks, L.D. (1989). Anti-Bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children. Washington, D.C.: National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Suárez-Orozco, C., Suárez-Orozco, M., & Todorova, I. (2008). Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press
  • Sue, D. W. (2015). Race Talk and The Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding & Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
  • Tatum, B. (1997) Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? New York, NY: Basic Books.
  • Wilkerson, I., (2020). Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent. New York, NY: Random House Wise, T. (2012)
  • Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority. San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books
  • Announcing "The 1619 Project" Education Network
  • Resources for Anti-Racism
  • Welcome to BlackPast
  • Center for Antiracist Research
  • Central Justice
  • Education for Liberation Network
  • Embrace Race
  • Equity Learning Institute
  • Witnessing Whiteness
  • Being Antiracist
  • Resmaa Menakem on Why Healing Racism Begins With the Body
  • Abolitionist Teaching Network
  • Rethinking Schools
  • Teaching for Change

Office of Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

CPS Definitions of Equity and Racial Equity
In 2019, the Administration and School Committee adopted definitions of equity and racial equity.

Equity means that each student, regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or socioeconomic status will have access to the opportunities, resources, and support they need to attain their full potential.

Racial Equity means the absence of institutional and structural barriers experienced by people based on race or color, that impede access, opportunities, and results.

Achieving racial equity requires proactive and continuous investment in communities of color, who have endured centuries of systemic oppression. CPS is committed to dismantling structures rooted in white privilege, to hearing and elevating underrepresented voices, and recognizing and eliminating bias.

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