Racial Literacy: Teens & Textbook
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Kids first start recognizing a world structured by racial injustice at three years old, but the first time we talked about race in school was tenth grade. We must start this timely conversation earlier: our hope lies in every teacher’s power to shape generations of unity and love.
We ask for your support in our work and mission.
With 30,000+ website hits and current impact in 15+ states, CHOOSE seeks to equip all educators in K-12 classrooms nationwide—and through them, our collective future—with the tools they need to both talk about race and act toward change.
Our 224-page racial literacy textbook and toolkit, The Classroom Index, shares a rich collection of personal, photographed stories connected to systemic research through discussion points. Ideated by students, created with educators, funded by Princeton University, and called “a social innovation more necessary than the iPhone” by Professor Ruha Benjamin, The Classroom Index enriches one classroom with hundreds of voices.
—Our Goal: Ensure K-12 students in schools nationwide develop the historical and sociological toolkit for racial literacy
—Current Sales: 500 copies to schools/individuals in over 15 states nationwide
—Grants and recognitions: Princeton University Department of African American Studies, the Princeton Education Foundation Teacher Mini-Grant, Princeton Prize in Race Relations, Not in Our Town Unity Award, Joint Effort Safe Streets Witherspoon-Jackson Community Youth to Watch Award, Congressional Gold Medal, and the President's Volunteer Service Award, among others
Why our textbook?
—Created by high school students who know what it's like to sit in a classroom & talk about race; edited by professional advisory board members
—Over 150 stories: nationally-collected, exclusive to The Classroom Index, connected to research & statistics
—Organized by topics and tags, matches stories to existing lesson plans diverse in purpose, audience, length, and content; both supplementary tool & curriculum
—Action steps for K-12 educators of all core subjects
We need to take a gap year to work on the third edition of the textbook and to solidify CHOOSE's foundations for lifelong work, but we need your help. Our parents don't support our activism, so it's up to us to raise the funds for this critical iniative. We are tremendously grateful for any contribution.
Racial justice tomorrow is impossible without transforming our schools and institutions today, and as Dr. Roberto Schiraldi wrote in his review of The Classroom Index, “CHOOSE and people’s stories … [are] the way out of the darkness.”
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi
If you haven't seen it already, a recent Teen Vogue article about us was published here: http://www.teenvogue.com/story/teenagers-create-racial-literacy-textbook-interview