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How Parents Can Help Teach their Children About Race

Student takeaways from "The Secret to Teaching Kindergartners About Race"

By Laura White

In May 2012, Laura graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. in Political Economy. While at Tulane, Laura brought her Youth Venture project, Swim 4 Success, to New Orleans, LA, and was a founding member of Tulane’s Ashoka U Changemaker Campus team. As a member of the Empathy Initiative, Laura manages the Changemaker Schools network, a group of schools that have given empathy as much priority as math and literacy. Laura is passionate about changemaker education, empathy, and transforming early childhood education.

January 22, 2013

Editor's Note: Today's post is a follow-up on yesterday's post from Changemaker School, Prospect Sierra, in El Cerrito, CA.

Tip and Watch!

Before studying Martin Luther King, Madeleine Rogin introduces students to the concept of changemaking and other changemakers. Before beginning a unit on MLK, another hero addressing racism, or another challenging classroom topic, try sending a letter home to the parents in your classroom about changemaking. Then give parents the opportunity to pick other changemakers to recognize from the students’ families or their communities. This will engage parents in the changemaker discussion and will help students identify people they know as living examples of changemakers.

Take a look at what young children from Prospect Sierra have learned about changemakers: