School counselors are advocates for the equitable treatment of all students in school and in the community. School counselors are prepared to talk to students about race issues and anti-racism. In addition to ASCA standards guiding ethical, equitable, and inclusive school environments and school counseling programs, the following resources are helpful in addressing issues of systemic and institutional racism with students.
The APS Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) is committed to a culturally responsive workplace which enables us to build a greater understanding of our students, staff and community. We embrace the challenge of eradicating district and community wide inequities to build and sustain a diverse workforce, champion inclusive curriculum, and implement data driven interventions to close achievement and opportunities gaps for all students and staff. Our efforts are intentional and not limited to assessing and evaluating district policies and practices, but to ensure equitable fiscal accountability in the resources, programs, services and partnerships of our learning community. We instill that equity is not a choice, but our responsibility in sustaining the academic and operational excellence that is Arlington Public Schools.
Teaching for Change offers a read-aloud book list:https://socialjusticebooks.org/booklists/roving-readers/*Hay libros en español.
Embrace Race has a website offering tips for parents raising anti-racist children:*Hay recursos en
National Museum of African American History has a parent resource guide for talking about race and portal with more information:https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/audiences/parent-caregiver