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Diversity and multicultural practice tools

In this December 2019 article, Gordon’s Head of School traces the history of Gordon's pioneering work in equity and inclusivity, and her place in that work as it continues today.





Words Matter

Gordon’s guide to inclusive language, based on work from the Bank Street School, at


Navigating gender identity

An exhaustive list of resources developed by Gordon’s librarian and the Director of Health and Wellness

Jennifer Bryan’s updated reading list from 2016
Readings from the 2010-2011 Navigating Gender Identity parent education series:
Full list of presentations and resources
Dr. Bryan’s From the Dress-Up Corner to the Senior Prom: from the summer 2010 Independent School magazine


Frequently forwarded articles

What Does Injustice Have to Do with Me? A Pedagogy of the Privileged 
by David Nurenberg, from the Harvard Educational Review, spring 2011
Even Geniuses Work Hard
by Carol S. Dweck, Educational Leadership, September 2010
Color Blind or Color Conscious? 
by Beverly Daniel Tatum, the School Administrator, May 1999
When You’re Called a Racist
by Beverly Daniel Tatum, National Association of Secondary School Principals Bulletin, September 1999
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
by Peggy McIntosh, 1988
From the Dress-Up Corner to the Senior Prom: Navigating Gender & Sexual Identity Development in School
by Jennifer Bryan, Independent School, summer 2010


Unpacking Race

February 2015 symposium

  • In February 2015, Gordon and Brown University organized Unpacking Race, a two-day symposium.
  • The full program is at
  • Many of the resources below were compiled into a booklet that was provided to those who attended.

Teaching and leading
(readings compiled by Lynn Bowman for Unpacking Race)

Adams, M., Bell, L., & Griffin, P. (2007). Teaching for diversity and social justice (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.
Cochran-Smith, M. (2004). Walking the road: Race, diversity, and social justice in teacher education. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
Grant, C., & Sleeter, C. (2007). Doing multicultural education for achievement and equity. New York, NY: Routledge.
Lee, E., Menkart, D., & Okazawa-Rey, M. (Eds.). (2007). Beyond heroes and holidays: A practical guide to K-12 anti-racist, multicultural education and staff development. Washington, D.C.: Teaching for Change.
Sparks, L., LeeKeenan, D., & Nimmo, J. (2014). Leading anti-bias early childhood programs: A guide for change. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
Steele, D., & Cohn-Vargas, B. ( 2013) Identity safe classrooms: Places to belong and learn. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Identity and privilege    
readings compiled by Lynn Bowman for Unpacking Race

Brewester, J., Stephenson, M., & Beard, H. (2014). Promises kept: Raising black boys to succeed in school and life. New York, NY: Spiegel and Grau.
Irving, D. (2014) Waking up white, and finding myself in the story of race. Cambridge, MA: Elephant Room Press.
Kimmel, M., & Ferber, A. (Eds.). (2013). Privilege: A reader (3rd ed.). Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
Tatum, B. (2007). Can we talk about race?: And other conversations in an era of school resegregation. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.

Theory and research
readings compiled by Lynn Bowman for Unpacking Race

Banks, J. (2008). An introduction to multicultural education (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
Gay, G.(2010). Culturally responsive teaching: Theory research and practice. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
Noguera, P. (2008). The trouble with black boys... and other reflections on race, equity and the future of public education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Sensoy, O., & DiAngelo, R. (2012). Is everyone really equal?: An introduction to key concepts in social justice education. New York, NY: Teachers College Press

readings compiled by Lynn Bowman for Unpacking Race

Race: the Power of an Illusion
Racial Equity Tools
Teaching Tolerance
Witnessing Whiteness


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