Processing the Violence Against the AAPI Community with your Students

March 18, 2021

Processing the violence against the AAPI community with your students

During the course of this pandemic, we have begun to recognize a rise in violence and racism towards the Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community. While not anti-racism experts, the CSD Learns team knows from firsthand experience that the classroom is often the place where deaf and hard of hearing students turn to for clarity and to process major events occurring in the world using American Sign Language.

Our team has compiled some resources for you to use as you prepare to have those conversations, whether it is about the recent shootings that occurred in Atlanta, GA or the discrimination and racism towards the AAPI community during this pandemic.

Addressing Anti-Asian Bias

Formerly known as Teaching Tolerance, Learning for Justice has put together a few articles about how to address the recent events as well as the historical events that led us to this point in America.

After Atlanta: Teaching About Asian American Identity and History

An Asian-American and educator wrote this article about teaching Asian American identity and history to our students.

Holding Space for the Violence in Atlanta

This brief video was posted on Twitter with simple pointers in how to hold space for your students regarding the violence in Atlanta, GA.

Addressing Anti-Asian Racism and Discrimination Resources for Educators

The LA County Office of Education posted this page filled with various of links to help you facilitate hard discussions with your students and some materials to use in your lesson planning.

Addressing Anti-Asian Racism: A Resource for Educators

Released by the Toronto District School Board a month ago, this booklet is developed through the Canadian perspective. It includes a history of Asian Canadians and distinguishes anti-Asian racism from anti-Black/anti-Indigenous racism.

This booklet also provides principles for educators on building an anti-oppressive learning environment.

How to Teach Kids About Taboo Topics

What do you do in the exact moment your student brings up something that you’re uncomfortable addressing? Liz Kleinrock talks about how important it is to address taboo topics that bring you, or other people in the classroom, discomfort.

Young, Proud, and Sung-jee

This e-book was developed to promote conversations with students on the recent anti-Asian racism that has occurred during this time of the pandemic. It is suited for elementary aged children and includes advanced vocabulary with child-friendly definitions.

There’s been a rise in anti-Asian attacks. Here’s how to be an ally to the community

This article from Newsela talks about how we, as allies, can show our support for the Asian and Asian American communities, from donating to organizing. Use this article to discuss allyship with your students and how important it is to take action in ways big and small to dismantle systemic racism.

CSD Learns aims to create equity and give the community resources for self-improvement and advocacy. The program’s goal is to provide equity for deaf people in the workplace and give people the tools for self-improvement and autonomous social mobility. By providing self-paced online courses with visual and auditory paths for interaction, we ensure that people from all intersections can engage with our content and build their own pathways to success. CSD Learns’ courses can be accessed by any individual, school, or organization at no cost.
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