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Social Justice Task Force Resources

WSASP has identified and compiled these resources through the work of school psychologists across the state of Washington.  These come from a variety of sources and are intended to help schools and families engage in constructive dialogue about social justice issues in the hopes that we can work together to shift the conversation from hate and violence toward understanding and respect. We will be adding to these resources over time.


School Level

Beyond Tolerance 

Author(s): TED Radio Hour

Tags: Audio, School Level. District Level 

Description: How to move beyond tolerance to a place of deeper understanding.


Black Girl in Suburbia 

Author(s): Melissa Lowery

Tags: Video Documentary, Culturally Responsive Practices, District Level, School Level

Description: An examination of the experiences of Black girls in the education system.


Black History Month Resources Guide for Educators and Families

Author(s): Various

Tags: General Equity and Justice Information, Inclusion, District Level, School Level, Student Level, Article, List of Resources

Description: Resources from the Center for Racial Justice in Education focused on Black History Month in schools, with resources specific to the intersection of race and gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender-identity.


Blue Blackness, Blue Blackness: Making Sense of Blackness and Disability

Author(s): Theri A Pickens

Tags: School Level, District Level, Culture and Climate, Article

Description: The article shares an interpretation of the intersectionality of disability and being of African descent. 


Courage

Author(s): TED Radio Hour

Tags: Audio, School Level. District Level

Description: Examines the courage it might take to move beyond our socializations and biases.


Courageous Conversations about Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools

Author(s): Glenn E. Singleton and Curtis W. Linton (Eds.)

Tags: School Level. District Level, Book

Description: Explains the need for candid, courageous conversations about race so that educators may understand why student disengagement and achievement inequality persists and learn how they can develop a curriculum that promotes true educational equity and excellence.


The Critical Pedagogy Reader

Author(s): Antonia Darder, Marta P. Baltodano & Rodolfo Torres (Eds.)

Tags: School Level, District Level, Book

Description: Collection of essays that reflect upon issues of class, racism, gender/sexuality, language and literacy within the classroom setting.


Culture Checklist

Author(s): Dismantling Racism works

Tags: School Level, District Level, Culture & Climate, Handout

Description: This simple checklist provides a list of characteristics of White Supremacy culture with examples.


Demystifying Social Justice for School Psychologists

Author(s): Celeste M. Malone & Sherrie L. Proctor

Tags: General Equity and Justice Information, District Level, School Level, Student Level

Description: Recognition and acknowledgement of cultural variables are cornerstones of ethical school psychology practice (National Association of School Psychologists [NASP], 2010b). School psychologists are expected to possess knowledge about diversity factors and how they impact students and have the skills to effectively serve children and families of all backgrounds (NASP, 2010a). Moreover, school psychologists have an ethical responsibility to be advocates and work toward creating school climates conducive to the success of all students (NASP, 2010b). However, there are students who, by virtue of their group membership and identities, have less social power and are more likely to encounter systemic barriers to educational success (Ratts & Greenleaf, 2018). To adequately support students from these historically marginalized groups, school psychologists must engage in culturally competent school psychology practice while simultaneously using a social justice framework to challenge the institutional and systemic barriers that may prevent these students from reaching their full potential (Singh, 2010).


Do Early Educators’ Implicit Biases Regarding Sex and Race Relate to Behavior Expectations and Recommendations of Preschool Expulsions and Suspensions?

Author(s): Walter S. Gilliam, PhD Angela N. Maupin, PhD Chin R. Reyes, PhD Maria Accavitti, BS Frederick Shic, PhD

Tags: Disciplinary Practices, District Level, School Level, Student Level, Article, Preschool, Suspension and Expulsion, Implicit Bias

Description: Research that investigates the impact of implicit bias in preschool behavior expectations and disciplinary practices.


Establishing Norms

Author(s): Advancing Racial Equity in Schools

Tags: School Level, District Level, General Equity and Justice Information, Website

Description: These norms may be useful agreements to make within any group working on social justice and equity work.


Everyday Leadership

Author(s): Drew Dudley

Tags: Audio, School Level, District Level

Description: Reminder of the unintentional significance of each of us in the everyday.


Framework for Effective School Discipline

Author(s): NASP

Tags: Disciplinary Practices, District Level, School Level, Article, School Resource Officers 

Description: This resource provides key practices and recommendations to promote equitable and effective discipline and to reduce the use of suspension, expulsion, and other exclusionary discipline practices, particularly those that disproportionately impact students of color.


How to Escape Education’s Death Valley

Author(s): Ken Robinson

Tags: Audio, School Level, District Level

Description: Critical thinking around effective and appropriate education.


Implicit Bias - A foundation for School Psychologists

Author(s): NASP

Tags: General Equity and Justice Information, District Level, School Level, Student Level

Description: Despite our training as education and mental health professionals, like others with whom we serve, school psychologists are shaped by our personal experiences and interactions with the world around us, which makes us vulnerable to implicit bias. School psychologists have a professional responsibility to ensure that all students receive an equitable and just education that not only prepares them for academic success but also places them in a position to make meaningful contributions to society (NASP, 2013). Although we have a moral and ethical obligation to operate without bias and prejudice, implicit bias is arguably one of the most significant challenges facing our profession as it influences the educational outcomes of an increasingly diverse student body.


In the Shadow of Brown: Special Education and Overrepresentation of Students of Color

Author(s): Beth A. Ferri and David Connor

Tags: Disproportionality, District Level, School Level, Article

Description: Examines the disproportionate placement of students of color in special education programs (referred to in the education literature as overrepresentation) and traces some of the origins of the current problem of overrepresentation by examining tangled relationship of special education and resegregation in the first years following the Brown decision.


Interpretation Tips Cards for Families

Author(s): WA State Governor's Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO)

Tags: English Language Learners and Family Collaboration, District Level, School Level, Student Level, Website, List of Resources

Description: At the bottom of the page are links to the tips cards referenced in the handout for educators. The tips cards are translated into 8+ different languages and are meant to be given to parents.


Intersectionality and School Psychology - Implications for Practice

Author(s): NASP

Tags: General Equity and Justice Information, District Level, School Level, Student Level

Description: This article was written in reference to the recently released National Association of School Psychologists (2017) infographic, Understanding Intersectionality. The article explores how intersectionality can be used as a lens to aid in school psychologists' understanding of their own intersecting identities as well as those of the students they serve, particularly in relation to how the intersection of identities interact with privilege or oppression. The article briefly reviews research on Black girls' disproportionate representation in school-based discipline to illustrate how the intersection of gender and race can interact with school-based disciplinary systems, resulting in inequitable outcomes for Black girls. The article concludes with recommendations for how school psychologists can use intersectionality as a practice lens to encourage social justice for those students whose chances of experiencing marginalization and discrimination are increased based on their identities.


Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance) 

Author(s): Southern Poverty Law Center

Tags: Website, District Level, School Level

Description: A variety of resources related to educational equity and social justice (including classroom lessons and planning). Free e-newsletter


The Lie

Author(s): Directed by: Kevin Pastor Produced by: Untitled Productions

Tags: Audio, School Level

Description: In Ms. Nwoye’s fourth grade class a project that

integrated Social Studies and Poetry resulted in the video that you see here. The student work is original and the message is of their choosing.


Map of Native/Indigenous land and language

Author(s): Native Land Digital, Website

Tags: General Equity and Justice Information, District Level, School Level, Student Level

Description: This interactive map shows Indigenous territories, treaties, and languages across the world in a way that goes beyond colonial ways of thinking in order to better represent how Indigenous people want to see themselves.


NASP’s Effective Service Delivery for Indigenous Children, Youth, Families, and Communities 

Authors: NASP

Tags: General Equity and Justice Information, District Level, School Level, Student Level

Description: This document outlines NASP’s Indigenous Framework for effective and culturally responsible service delivery for Indigenous Youth. 


Preventing Disproportionality: A Framework for Culturally Responsive Assessment

Author(s): NASP - By Amanda L. Sullivan

Tags: Assessment, District Level, School Level, Student Level

Description: School psychologists can contribute to the reduction of this ongoing phenomenon of disproportionality by ensuring that their own practices are sound. Given the increasing diversity of our nation’s schools, it is inevitable that practitioners will encounter students and families with backgrounds and experiences drastically different from their own. As such, the cultivation of knowledge, skills, and dispositions conducive to effectively serving diverse populations is essential to ensuring that our professional practices remain relevant and beneficial to the communities we serve.


Push Out

Author(s): Monique W Morris

Tags: Book, Documentary, Culturally Responsive Practices, District Level, School Level, Suspensions and Expulsion practices

Description: An examination of the experiences of Black girls in the education system.


School Psychology Unified Anti-Racism Statement and Call to Action

Author(s): Multiple Authors, APA NASP, ABSP, etc.

Tags: Antiracism, Foundational, District Level, School Level

Description: Anti-Racism Statement and Call to Action for School Psychologists who have an ethical responsibility to engage in social justice and anti racist action.


Social Justice Resource List

Author(s): Various

Tags: Assessment, General Equity and Justice Information, General Psychological Practices, District Level, School Level, List of Resources

Description: A list of resources pertaining to social justice information and research, organized by practice focus area.


Speak Up At School- How to Respond to Everyday Prejudice, Bias, and Stereotypes

Author(s): Teaching Tolerance Publication

Tags: General Equity and Justice Information, School Level, Student Level, Booklet

Description: This resource serves as a guide for educators when encountering individuals in their school (student, colleague, parent) who use biased language. Could be help helpful for beginners to intermediate who are unsure as to how to respond in these situations


Testing and Assessment with Persons and Communities of Color

Author(s): Council of National Psychological Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests

Tags: Assessment, Foundational, District Level, School Level, Student Level, Booklet

Description: The monograph on testing and assessment among racial/ethnic minorities is the fourth in a series of monographs published by the Council of National Psychological Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests (CNPAAEMI) to address diversity issues pertaining to core activities undertaken by psychologists in service of the major racial/ethnic minority populations in the United States.


Tips for Educators When Using a Qualified Interpreter

Author(s): WA State Gov. Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO)

Tags: English Language Learners and Family Collaboration, District Level, School Level, Tip-sheet

Description: This is a tip sheet for using interpreters to effectively communicate with students and families and includes information on how to access interpreters and managing communication through interpreters.


Unbank the Fire: Visions for the Education of African American Children

Author(s): Janice Hale

Tags: Book, Cultural Competency, School Level, Culturally Responsive Practices 

Description: Discusses the challenges African-American students have in the school setting and reflects upon best practices in supporting students of colors learning styles.


Understanding Race and Privilege

Author(s): NASP

Tags: General Equity and Justice Information, District Level, School Level, Student Level

Description: This document is part of a series of resources developed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in response to recent acts of racial violence and the increasingly uncivil discourse occurring across our country. It is important for school psychologists and other educators to understand the historical and contemporary conditions that have resulted in many of these violent acts, as well as others’ reactions (including violence) to these events. NASP seeks to help schools and families engage in constructive dialogue about privilege, prejudice, power, and the ways that all of us can work together to shift the conversation from hate and violence toward understanding and respect to ultimately bring about positive change and unity to our communities.


Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice - Revised and Expanded 3rd edition

Author(s): Paul Kivel

Tags: School Level, District Level, Book

Description: Uprooting Racism offers a framework for understanding institutional racism. It provides practical suggestions, tools, examples, and advice on how white people can intervene in interpersonal and organizational situations to work as allies for racial justice.


White Supremacy Culture in Organizations

Author(s): Created by Centre for Community Organizations, based on workbook by Tema Okun at Dismantling Racism Works

Tags: School Level, District Level, General Equity and Justice Information, Culture & Climate, Booklet

Description: This resource features a list of characteristics of white supremacy

culture that show up in organizations and is intended to spark conversations

about racism (including antidotes to racism) within organizations.





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