With Educators

Introduction

We recommend Teachers use The Counter Narrative Framework and the Inquiry-Based Learning Model

  1. The Counter Narrative Framework challenges the dominant narrative that includes stereotypes and monolithic representation of marginalized communities. As educators, we have a responsibility to combat discrimination and put in thoughtful effort in order to find resources that dispel these myths.
  2. We propose also combining this practice with that of the Inquiry-Based Learning Model. This model asks students to investigate questions and create their own opinions and ideas through active learning and discussion. Combining these two frameworks allows students to actively engage in combatting discrimination. 

 


 

Pedagogy

  1. Saunders, Laura and Melissa A. Wong. Instruction in Libraries and Information Centers. Chapter 5: Critical Pedagogy: Challenging Bias and Creating Inclusive Classrooms. This article provides a useful definition of critical pedagogy for the library instructor and includes a number of practical, specific strategies for more inclusive teaching. This resource can not only guide the praxis of the library instructor or school librarian but also provides a framework for the classroom.
  2. Interrupting Bias: Calling Out vs. Calling In. This is a practical resource for instructors to use in the classroom (and to share with their students) to encourage an anti-racist classroom.
  3. Lesson of the Day: A Rise in Attacks on Asian-Americans. This lesson provides instructors with the resources to address anti-Asian racism with their students. It includes a number of video and text resources along with discussion questions and tool kits. 

 


 

Pre-Learning Resources

Resources that can be used during any lesson and time during the school year. Teachers should be teaching counter narratives throughout the year but the focus of these are to engage in these conversations now.

  1. Learning for Justice: How to Respond to Coronavirus Racism. This article by Learning For Justice Addresses how Asian communities have been targets of racism because of the Coronavirus pandemic. In this article they address how to respond to this type of racism using the strategy of Interrupt, Question, Educate, and Echo. This can be used to start this conversation in any classroom.
  2. Addressing Anti-Asian Racism with Students. This resource is from the Asian Pacific American Center where they interviewed Liz Kleinrock, an anti-bias educator, and consultant based in Los Angeles, California. They interviewed Liz to learn more about how addressing or ignoring anti-Asian racism in our classrooms and communities can impact student learning. This resource can be helpful to explain to teachers and students how to be anti-racist in their schools.

 


 

Resources for the 4 Core Classes

Science

  1. Coronavirus and Infectious Racism
  2. Asian American health care providers facing racism as they battle COVID-19

These two articles are from Sutori and the publication “Philly Voice” and they explain the racism AAPI have received due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In a Science class you could discuss the extent of medical racism and how certain groups are targeted.

 

Math

  1. “You’re Asian, How Could You Fail Math?”: Unmasking the Myth of the Model Minority. This article, written by a former teacher, unmasks the harmful and insidious stereotype of the “Model Minority” by looking specifically at the math classroom.

 

English

  1. Dangers of the Single Story Narrative | AAPI Book Month Panel. This panel discussion between AAPI authors critiques the single story narrative, tying directly back to the idea of counter narratives.
  2. The Need for More Asian American Children’s Books. This post addresses the overwhelming lack of Asian American stories in children’s biographies and includes a list of important Asian American figures who deserve their stories told.

 

Social Studies

  1. The long history of racism against Asian Americans in the U.S. This resource is about the history of racism against AAPI folks, and it really gets deep into the different events that these people had to go through. This would be a good overview resource before diving deeper into individual events.
  2. Ignoring The History Of Anti-Asian Racism Is Another Form Of Violence. This article is very similar to the one above but is from Connie Wun, PhD who is a co-founder of AAPI Women Lead. This resource would be a good way to contextualize and for students to see the impact racism has had on the AAPI community.
  3. Densho Learning Center. This resource provides a number of lesson plans related to the experiences of Japanese Americans, particularly in the context of Japanese American incarceration in World War II.