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As educators, we are community leaders. It is our responsibility to ensure every kid, regardless of ZIP code, has access to a quality public education. This means we support the needs of students from every background and represent and incorporate diversity into our classrooms and schools. 

Upcoming Events

October

Learn how to incorporate LGBT history into your classroom. Read our blog series during LGBT History Month.

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Oct. 30

Join ISTA and the Minority Affairs Committee for the Racial Justice Book Club. The book club will take a deep dive into Becoming the Educator They Need: Strategies, Mindsets, and Beliefs for Supporting Male Black and Latino Students by Robert Jackson. Jackson is a motivational speaker, former teacher and author. The book will be part of Shaping the Future: ISTA Leadership Conference Virtual Series. The conference is open to ISTA members only.

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Nov. 6

Join ISTA and the Minority Affairs Committee for the Racial Justice Book Club. The book club will discuss Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen. The book club will be part of the Good Teaching Conference. The conference is open to ISTA members only.

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ISTA Racial and Social Justice Work

ISTA continues to look inward at what we, as educators and an association, can do to improve representation of persons of color as teachers, educators and school leaders. 

Our Minority Affairs Committee reviewed and revised ISTA's Minority Improvement Plan. The committee updated the plan to reflect today's struggles, challenges and realities that face both educators and students of color. The plan looks to increase outreach to educators of color by building and strengthening relationships, implement racial justice training, improve the professional development opportunities for educators of color and advance efforts to recruit and retain more educators of color. 

Previous Advocacy Events

The Minority Affairs Committee hosted Kelly Waller from the Indiana Department of Education to discuss how to talk about race in the classroom.

Take Action 

There are numerous national and state organizations working toward equity for all. Take action by joining, supporting and sharing these organizations that are leading the fight nationally and in our communities. 

Resources 

Classroom Resources

Bring diverse perspectives and conversations into your classroom. Use these resources to enhance your curriculum and represent all your students.

NEA EdJustice: Justice for Black Lives

Teaching Tolerance

Read Across America

Black Lives Matter at School

ADL Resources for Educators, Parents & Families

St. Louis Black Authors of Children's Literature

Learning for Justice Arab American Heritage Month

Professional Development Resources

Explore resources available to educators for personal and professional development, which creates more awareness of racial and social justice issues.

Teaching Tolerance Magazine

Racial Justice Is Education Justice

NEA Center for Social Justice

Racial Justice in Education: Resource Guide

Racial Equity Tools

Teaching While White