Trust for Learning is committed to operationalizing racial equity in all aspects of our work. This page contains highlighted resources related to antiracism in general, within early childhood education, and within philanthropy. If you have suggestions to add to this list or would like additional suggestions of antiracism resources related to Trust for Learning’s work, please contact [email protected].

Antiracism – General Resources

How to be an Anti-Racist – Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D. (book)

Ibram X. Kendi’s personal, practical book asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. How to be an Antiracist

Race, the Power of an Illusion (video series)

A documentary about race, US histories of racial inequality, and structural racism with engagement resources and short clips available to the public. Race, the Power of an Illusion, Part 1 | Race, the Power of an Illusion, Part 2 | Race, The House We Live In, Part 1

Understanding Race (online learning tool)

Interactive online resource featuring a timeline of the history of race, exploration of human variation and the construct of race, and resources on lived experience. Understanding Race

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (article)

Short, foundational article about white privilege. White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

Racial Equity Here (toolkit)

Racial Equity Here is a commitment by more than 600 organizations to take three steps forward on racial equity: learn, act, and partner.

Two free, adaptable tools are available: 

  1. An Introduction to Racial Equity training deck that organizations can self-facilitate (with links to deeper resources and training)
  2. A customizable racial equity tool for regular use in decision-making

Racial Equity in Early Childhood & Ideal Learning Environments

Don’t Look Away — Embracing Anti-bias Classrooms (book)

This 2020 book by Trust for Learning board member and partner Iheoma Iruka, Ph.D. and colleagues Stephanie Curenton, Ph.D., Kerry-Ann Escayg, Ph.D., and Tonia Durden, Ph.D., is a rich, practical compendium of research and resources to transform early education classrooms into antiracist learning environments. Don’t Look Away: Embracing Anti-bias Classrooms

Start with Equity — 14 Priorities to Dismantle Structural Racism in ECE (policy report)

2020 report outlining 14 critical priorities and actionable policies that federal and state policymakers can immediately and concretely utilize to advance equity in the early care and education system. 

This work, co-authored by Ideal Learning Roundtable member Shantel Meek, Ph.D., builds on a comprehensive report released by the Children’s Equity Project and the Bipartisan Policy Center in July 2020 to shed a light on the grave inequities that have long pervaded the education system and affect the lives of millions of children from historically marginalized communities, starting at birth. Start with Equity — 14 Priorities to Dismantle Structural Racism in ECE

Montessori for Social Justice (movement)

Montessori for Social Justice supports the creation of sustainable learning environments that dismantle systems of oppression, amplify voices of the Global Majority, and cultivate partnerships to liberate the human potential. Montessori for Social Justice

Diverse Families, Desirable Schools – Mira Debs, Ph.D. (book)

In Diverse Families, Desirable Schools, Mira Debs, Ph.D. offers a richly detailed study of public Montessori schools, which make up the largest group of progressive schools in the public sector. As public Montessori schools expand rapidly as alternatives to traditional public schools, Debs depicts the story of these schools as a microcosm of the broader conflicts around public school choice. Diverse Families, Desirable Schools

Racial Equity in Philanthropy

Decolonize Wealth – Edgar Villanueva (book)

Book and related resources about philanthropy’s context and role in perpetuating colonialism and racial inequity. “Decolonizing Wealth is a provocative analysis of the dysfunctional colonial dynamics at play in philanthropy and finance. Award-winning philanthropy executive Edgar Villanueva draws from the traditions from the Native way to prescribe the medicine for restoring balance and healing our divides.” Decolonize Wealth

Equitable Evaluation (organization)

Framework and organization for equitable evaluation in the philanthropic and social sectors. Equitable Evaluation

From Words to Action — a Practical Guide to Philanthropic Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (toolkit)

This GrantCraft leadership series paper by Barbara Chow explores how DEI can become more integrated into grantmaking practices and philanthropic ethos. From Words to Action – A Practical Guide to Philanthropic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Race, Equity & Inclusion Action guide (toolkit)

Seven steps to advance and embed racial equity in a philanthropic organization. Race, Equity & Inclusion Action Guide

Lessons Learned in Addressing Racial Equity in Foundations (report)

The Race and Equity in Philanthropy Group formed to transform internal systems in philanthropic institutions in order to increase the spread of dollars to communities of color. This report highlights case studies of foundations’ successes in incorporating various dimensions of diversity into their strategies and programs. Lessons Learned in Addressing Racial Equity in Foundations