At PS101 we celebrate and are grateful for our rich diversity. This diversity includes race, ethnicity, gender identity, age, religion, socioeconomic status, language and abilities. Diversity of all types benefits everyone in our community and is especially essential to a productive and inclusive educational environment.
In our school community, we strive for a culture where the administration, faculty, staff, students and parents/families share in the collective responsibility to address, prevent and eliminate actions, decisions and outcomes that result from, and perpetuate, racism and bias.
Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Child Trends
How to Talk to Your Child about the Coronavirus, Kids Health
Multilingual Coronavirus Resources, Colorín Colorado
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource, National Association of School Psychologists
Promoting Positive Mental Health for Teens Feeling Isolated, Erika’s Lighthouse
Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Racism and Activism
CNN/Sesame Street town hall to learn about racism. (best for lower grades)
embracerace.org lists 31 children’s books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance.
Bounceback parenting blog has a curated list of resources including books, activities, and media for talking to kids of all ages about race and racism.
The Brown Bookshelf promotes awareness of children’s books (picture, middle grade, and young adult) written and illustrated by people of color.
New York Family recently compiled a list called Resources and Books to Help Parents Educate Themselves on Racism.
A free e-book from Teaching Tolerance, Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice has stories and conversation starters for ages 2-5, 6-12, and 13 and up.
A New Jersey teacher started this viral list of children's books about race on the popular website ScaryMommy.com.
Articles or blog posts
Commonsense Media’s “Explaining the News to Our Kids” breaks down how to have difficult conversations with kids of different ages.
The American Academy of Pediatrics shares advice for families on how to talk to their children about racism.
embracerace.org has articles, topic pages, and webinars to help parents talk about race with young children (best for elementary).
The Anti-Defamation League has tips for a table talk about racism for kids 11 and older (best for middle or high school).
Healthychildren.org offers advice for parents talking to children about racial bias.
“Talking to Kids About George Floyd” from Child Mind Institute takes a commonsense approach to a difficult topic.
The American Psychological Association initiative on Defining Race and Ethnic Socialization has parent resources on having discussions about race with children of all ages.