Here’s my Social Justice Resources to fire you up and inspire you. You’ll find podcasts, blog-posts and websites below.
Listen to Season 5 (of my podcast): Standing Up for Our Students in Challenging Times
We continue to live in an increasingly challenging and divisive time for our students, and their communities. With hatred and bigotry on the rise, I chatted to educators who fuel and inspire me when the going gets tough.
If you’re a social-justice driven teacher or leader, you’ll find much to unpack and digest, to be inspired and challenged by in Season 5. Importantly, you’ll be fuelled for the journey ahead.
We often hear the term ‘social justice’ but what is it and why does it matter? In this world where’s there’s increasing hostility towards difference, how can we be upstanders for social justice not only in the workplace but also in our family and friendship networks?
Listen to me (Greg Curran) as I share tips and insights with Pattie Porter on the Texas Conflict Coach Podcast.
Creating Safe Schools with Roz Ward
It’s what we want for all our students – safe schools. For some students though – school is the most unsafe place for them to be.
And increasingly they’re saying, ‘enough is enough if our school leaders & teachers won’t take action to make school safe for us we will.’
Facing our Fears with Justin Schleider
How a Physical Education Teacher confronts his fear about The Other – Refugees. Plus, realizing our privilege and using it for good in our classroom and online.
Being an Ally for Social Justice with Christina Torres & Bill Ivey
Are you passionate about social justice issues but sometimes unsure of the right words to use. Maybe you’re worried about slipping up and making a mistake. Well, we’ve got plenty of useful tips and insights to share with you in this episode.
Ending White Silence in Education with Greg Michie
In this episode, how might we be better allies and challenge the silence that prevails in relation to social justice issues in Education?
Our guest, Greg Michie also has especially useful insights on truly seeing our students and teaching a #BlackLivesMatter curriculum.
How to Teach Students about Identity with Bill Ivey
In this episode, how do we get beyond a focus on single aspects of identity? How might we explore the intersections of identity, showing how aspects such as gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and socio-economic status interact with each other?
Students as Change-Makers with Christina Torres
In this episode, how can we empower our students to step up and advocate for the issues they’re passionate about.
Students Questioning and Transforming Their Worlds with Nakisha Hobbs
In this episode, we explore student activism in a K-8 elementary school in Chicago, USA. Here students are investigating and taking action on issues like litter, homelessness, police violence and gun violence.
Activating Student Stories with Silvia Gonzalez
In this episode, how do we support students to open up and truly share their stories when they’re part of a system that tells them to tone down, to shut-up, or that their voices aren’t. Also, how can we teach them to critically ‘play the game’ of education?
Navigating Social Justice Issues in the Classroom with Rusul Alrubail
You’re passionate about exploring Social Justice issues in the classroom. But you’re worried about being accused of Pushing An Agenda. Rusul and I share some tips.
Making a Difference by Not Playing It Safe with Greg Curran & Rachael Lehr
How did I find my voice as a social justice educator who loves to Push The Edge?
- How can we make a difference & stay true to ourselves?
- How can we navigate our self doubts?
- Why we need to stand up for student voice
- What are the challenges for us as school leaders?
- How can we stay passionate?
- Why does changing the world at a local level matter?
- My ‘Not To Be Missed’ social-justice related books
Shaking Up our Mindsets about Indigenous Students with Surin McGrory
In this episode, we challenge the deficit mindsets that often prevail about Indigenous students, painting quite a different picture instead.
Challenging our Privilege with Erin Stevenson
In this episode, Erin Stevenson takes us on her journey as she confronts her privilege (as a white woman) and in so doing steps outside what’s comfortable and familiar to her. She’s forced to re-assess her taken for granted beliefs, values and assumptions.
My Social Justice-related Blog-posts
- Not Being an Outsider in Education Spaces
- Tips for Making Twitter Chats more Inclusive (And Challenge the Silence)
- How to build a sense of welcome in your classroom
- How to be true to yourself as a Social Justice educator
- How to get buy-in for Social Justice initiatives
- How to Thrive as a Social Justice educator
- Challenge Your Comfort Zone – My Resource Page
Social Justice-related Websites
- Black Girls Code – Seeks to encourage and inspire girls of color (7 to 17 years) to code.
- Cult of Pedagogy – Social Justice Resource Collection – Especially useful tips on teaching for social justice plus a whole array of additional websites
- Educolor – A twitter chat and community that “seeks to elevate the voices of public school advocates of color on educational equity and justice.”
- Global Oneness Project – Documentaries, stories and lesson plans relating to cultural, social and environmental issues.
- IWitness – An education website with multi-media life histories and testimonies relating to Genocide across the world.
- Racism No Way – Provides especially useful lesson plans and resources to challenge racism and to promote inclusion
- Smart Girls – Amy Poehler’s website with the motto, “Change the World by Being Yourself.” So many examples of girls making a difference in their worlds.
- Student Wellbeing Hub – Lots of useful teaching resources here. Search for GLBTI, or gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender for more specific resources.
- Tolerance.org – Not so keen on the name but this organization continually produces top quality lesson plans and resources on social justice issues.
- Youth Radio – Trains young people in digital media and technology. Has a host of diverse range of programs on topics that matter to young people.
Listen to My Education Podcast
Listen & subscribe to my Podcast, Pushing The Edge with Greg Curran. I regularly chat to educators who are pushing the edge for innovation and social justice.