• Race, Culture and Ethnicity – Videos

     

    Please see a list of video resources below. Please note: Some videos on YouTube may require you to sign in via your LAUSD SSO. For more information about YouTube for classroom use, click here.  

  • Meet the NFL's first Male Cheerleaders

    Meet the NFL's first Male Cheerleaders

    College and high school cheerleading teams have been co-ed for years. But NFL cheerleaders were always only women (with the exception of some male stuntmen) until 2018. That’s the year professional dancers Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies auditioned for the L.A. Rams cheerleading team, made the squad and led the way for other men to follow. Peron and Jinnies capped off their first cheer season by making history yet again when the L.A. Rams played in the Super Bowl, and they became the first male cheerleaders to perform at the big game. We talk to the guys, who are both gay, about the audition process, the thrill of breaking boundaries and the responsibility they feel as role models for men as well as the LGBTQ+ community.

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  • Najiah Knight Is a Bull Riding Champion at 13 Years Old

    Najiah Knight Is a Bull Riding Champion at 13 Years Old

    At 13 years old, Najiah Knight is a bull rider. She is the only girl competing on the Professional Bull Riders mini circuit for kids. Don’t let the term “mini” fool you into thinking it isn’t a dangerous sport. Knight is riding bulls that can weigh up to 1,000 pounds. They buck hard, they kick, and they stomp. She has the battle scars to prove it. But Knight also has a lot of awards and a work ethic that won’t quit. “My ultimate goal is to be the best bull rider in the world,” she says.

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  • The Transgender Wrestling Champion Breaking Barriers for Herself and Others

    The Transgender Wrestling Champion Breaking Barriers for Herself and Others

    When Nyla Rose started transitioning in 2007, she wasn’t sure if she would continue to be accepted in the wrestling world. Today, Rose is a member of the All Elite Wrestling (AEW) league’s active women’s roster. She’s also the first openly trans wrestler signed to a major promotion—she kicked off 2020 by winning the AEW Women’s World Championship. Rose, who goes by the name Native Beast in the ring, shows us some of her trademark moves.

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  • Born to Run

    Born to Run

    Being born without lower legs didn’t keep Blake Leeper from playing baseball and basketball when he was a kid. After being fitted with prosthetic limbs, Leeper took a lot of falls, but he always got right back up. In college, he discovered running, the sport that would become his lifeblood. After winning silver and bronze medals in the Paralympic Games, Leeper is now training with one goal in mind—to compete against able-bodied athletes in the Olympics. His bid to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was denied by World Athletics, track and field’s international governing body in February 2020. The organization maintains the prosthetic blades Leeper runs on give him an unfair advantage. But Leeper hasn’t stopped there—he has filed an appeal to the committee.

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  • Gay, Black and Proud: The Legacy of Bayard Rustin

    Gay, Black and Proud: The Legacy of Bayard Rustin

    “We need in every community a group of angelic troublemakers. Our power is in our ability to make things unworkable. All we have is our bodies. We need to tuck them, tuck them, tuck them, in places so that the wheels don’t turn.”

    These are the words of Bayard Rustin. Though largely uncredited during his lifetime, Rustin was one of the leading architects of the civil rights movement in the United States and one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s most-trusted advisors.

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  • Toilets, bowties, gender and me TED Talk

    Toilets, bowties, gender and me TED Talk

    Why is it so important for us to know someone else's gender? We live in a gendered world, but for Audrey, gender is fluid at best an uncomfortable construct. Is there a way to be less reliant on gender in our interactions with people? And what does this mean when it comes to the clothes we wear, or even which toilet we choose to use? If you met Audrey Mason-Hyde, you might think Audrey was a boy, which isn’t quite correct, but calling Audrey a girl doesn’t feel quite right either. At 12 years old, Audrey is already an accomplished actor with film and TV credits. With a fierce intellect and a unique sense of style, Audrey has plenty to say about our gendered world.

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  • Dwyane Wade talks about daughter identifying as transgender

    Dwyane Wade talks about daughter identifying as transgender

    Former NBA star Dwyane Wade spoke with Ellen DeGeneres about the moment his daughter came out to him as transgender

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  • Hair Love

    Hair Love

    Hair Love, an Oscar-winning animated short film from Matthew A. Cherry, tells the heartfelt story of an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.

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  • Women's History Month March

    Women's History Month March

    Women’s History Month began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California. The movement spread across the country as other communities initiated their own Women’s History Week. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week.
    Links to information and resources are included to support schools in addressing Women's History Month

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  • World Down Syndrome Day March

    World Down Syndrome Day March

    World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), 21 March, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. Visit this site for information and videos on Down Syndrome.

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  • This all-Muslim girls basketball team is crushing it on the court

    This all-Muslim girls basketball team is crushing it on the court

    The all-female varsity basketball team is made up of Muslim students from the Salam School, an Islamic school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “We’re girls who just want to play basketball,” says Jumana Badwan, senior captain of the Salam Stars.

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  • Coming Home Should be #BeautifuLGBTQ

    Coming Home Should be #BeautifuLGBTQ

    Pantene and GLAAD made a series of holiday ads that tell the stories of actual trans people going home for the holidays. The videos themselves keep the holiday cheer by leaning towards optimism and positivity, while also acknowledging that going home isn’t something that all LGBTQ people feel positively about. MJ is an alumnus of LAUSD!

    https://www.pride.com/trans/2019/12/07/pantene-holiday-ads-follow-trans-people-returning-home-christmas

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  • Walking in the Footsteps of the Cherokee Nation

    Walking in the Footsteps of the Cherokee Nation

    The southern Appalachians were full of trails that connected the towns of the Cherokee Nation three hundred years ago. They were well-traveled routes until white settlers took the land that belonged to Native Americans. It seemed these historic footpaths would be lost forever. Then Lamar Marshall stepped up. A former land surveyor, this North Carolina man has spent the last 12 years mapping over 1,000 miles of Cherokee trails, preserving Native American history for future generations. And he is still at it. We went into the mountains with Marshall along with Kathi Littlejohn and Leroy Littlejohn, both Cherokee Tribal Elders, to walk in the footsteps of Native American travelers.

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  • I am an immigrant

    I am an immigrant

    Great Big Story about incredible individuals who are building a stronger, more united, America

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  • Don't Give Up on Me

    Don't Give Up on Me

    Don't Give Up On Me
    Voices of persons with visible and invisible disabilites

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  • Speak Up for Inclusion

    Speak Up for Inclusion

    To Speak Up for Inclusion, we need to speak about inclusion
    https://youtu.be/pBBirlVxVsg

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  • Average Mohamed

    Average Mohamed

    A video challenging intolerance through dialog and narrative.

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  • Make Friends

    Make Friends

    World faith leaders delivered a joint statement; here's what they said.

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  • The Beauty of Human Skin in Every Color

    The Beauty of Human Skin in Every Color

    This is a powerful TED Talk about color.

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  • Kids Talk About Racism and Prejudice

    Kids Talk About Racism and Prejudice

    This is an excellent PSA of youth discussing racism and prejudice. It is a great conversation starter for adults and children. Appropriate for all audiences.

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  • If You Only Knew

    If You Only Knew

    This is a PSA produced by students of Wilson HS to increase understanding and respect of each other. Time 1:43. Suitable for all audience.

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  • Boy Inspires School

    Boy Inspires School

    Touching video about a boy with cerebal palsy and the encouragement of his coach and classmate.

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  • Who We Really Are

    Who We Really Are

    A video about who we really are

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Resources at your fingertips:

Monday morning. Tips for faciliating caring, courageous and restorative conversations with students.

• Teaching about Racism, Violence, Inequality and the Criminal Justice System - An ADL collection of
   resources on Bias, Race and Injustice.

 • Anti-Racism for Kids 101: Starting to Talk About Race - books for courageous conversations

• Psychological First Aid - Daily strategies to ensure children are heard and feel protected during these
   uncertain times. 

• Helping Youth after Community Trauma: Tips for Educators - natural disasters, school violence, and can affect students’ learning, behavior, and relationships.

• Community Violence: Reactions and Actions in Dangerous Times - help youth keep themselves safe
   and make positive choices in dangerous times.

A self-care toolkit for people of color

• Affirming Black Lives Without Inducing Trauma - Educators have a responsibility to engage with students about this violence against Black men—and the white supremacist systems that allow it to continue. But must do so without re-traumatizing Black students and with extra care for their mental health. These resources from Teaching Tolerance can help.

Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice. Teaching Tolerance's 12 lessons on social justice issues. 

For White Allies in Search of a Solution to American Racism When Folks of Color are Exhausted - This Teaching Tolerance encourages white allies to step up. 

Death of George Floyd sets off massive protests - 5-minute PBS video with discussion questions 

Race in US History - Facing History has a robust library of resources addressing race. 

Expanded Reources:

• Talking Race With Young Children - 20-minute NPR episode on breaking down, not shutting down, conversations about race, racism, diversity and inclusion, even with very young children. 

• Having 'The Talk': Expert Guidance on Preparing Kids for Police Interactions - An hour-long conversation between a child psychiatrist, a former public defender and a police officer giving advice on how and when to have "the talk." While the risk of a police interaction going wrong is higher for black children, it's information that all kids could benefit from knowing.

• Beyond the Hashtag: How to Take Anti-Racist Action in Your Life, TeenVogue 

• AntiRacism Resources - books for parents

• New York Times Anti-Racist Reading List 

• Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom: A Resource for Educators - A comprehensive guide by NCTSN for teachers on historical trauma, its manfiestations among students of all ages, and recommendations for educators. 

• Talking to White Kids About Race & Racism - Silence perpetuates racism—but it can be hard to know how
   to start. This hour-long program is about talking to white kids of all ages about race and racism.

Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup - podcasts, booklists, and toys to
   talk to young children about race.

• Black Lives Matter at School - lessons and reading lists about intersectional Black identities and the contributions to history 

• Let’s Raise a Generation of Children Who Are Thoughtful, Informed, and Brave About Race. - clearinghouse for articles and resources about identities and current issues. 

 

Long-term Planning:

• Skills for Psychological Recovery - an educational skills building intervention

 

Coronavirus

What we can’t control might frightens us. Anxiety and suspicion rose as the Coronavirus pandemic spread. Crises cause us to evaluate our humanity and our vulnerabilities. The resources offered here are for teachers, parents and students to support ourselves and each other during this time.

Coronavirus

 

 

"What truly makes our country great is its diversity. I've seen that beauty in so many ways over the years. Whether we are born here or seek refuge here, there's a place for us all. We must remember it's not my America or your America. It's our America." Michelle Obama, 2019

In times of conflict, divisive rhetoric, and information overload, students benefit from opportunities for meaningful dialogue about the issues that we are facing today. Let’s Talk has articles and lesson plans on crises and conflicts, politics and government.

 

Talking Politics

 

Our Planet. Our Future. Act Now.

Out for Safe Schools

Out for Safe Schools - Calendar Resources

LGBT Resources

Building Community. Addressing Bias

Videos and Public Service Announcements

Voices of Religion, Culture & Ethnicity

Now Matters Later

Videos and Public Service Announcements

Principals Toolkit

Reporting

Bullying Resources

  • Out for Safe Schools Campaign 2017

  • Bullying! We Stand Together

  • We Are One - Standing With Immigrant Families Campaign

  • LAUSD Human Relations Commission

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