Listening, Learning and Taking Action for Social Justice
Dear IEA Families,
The Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) is deeply saddened by the most recent examples of the horrific injustice that has plagued our nation’s Black community for far too long. We join communities around the world that are banding together to mourn and work towards social justice. We share in the grief and pain caused by these tragedies, yet we are hopeful that this outcry against racism and violence will result in real change.
IEA is committed to being part of the solution. We are listening, asking questions, learning and taking action. IEA serves children of all ages and backgrounds; we understand that the dialogue about inequality and violence will look different in each family. These conversations are important for us all. Our children are watching us – they want to help us create a more just and civil society that embraces equality and condemns racism. As an organization, IEA celebrates differences. We teach tolerance, respect and acceptance for all, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or background. We hope to inspire change in our nation by modeling integrity, respect and understanding. IEA strives to offer a welcoming space for conversation and healing, a space where uniqueness is honored, and discrimination and violence are never tolerated. Yet we know we can do more.
We invite our entire community to the conversation and hope that you will dialogue with us by sending your feedback and suggestions. IEA is taking the following actions:
- We are hosting a Spyglass workshop: “Digital Civics: Changemakers of Tomorrow” as a complimentary offering.
- We are expanding our work to diversify IEA’s community with the help of partner organizations.
- We are gathering and disseminating resources for IEA’s community.
- We are advancing our Public Policy efforts to ensure gifted youth from all backgrounds are identified and served.
- We encourage our constituency to use their voice to vote.
We have gathered a collection of resources that may be of assistance, and we will continue to update this list on IEA’s blog. Please continue to share articles, books, podcasts or videos that have been helpful for your family!
IEA is committed to listening to your voices, and we will work together to create social justice. Thank you for allowing IEA to be a part of your lives.
Elizabeth D. Jones
This section will be updated regularly as we receive feedback and resource suggestions from the IEA community.
Books about Racism:
- NY Times: List of Kids Books on Racism
- Embrace.org: Where to Find Diverse Children Books
- Charis Books and More: Books that Teach White Children and Teens How to Undo Racism and White Surpremecy
- Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup
- Q/A from NPR: Q&A: How To Talk To Kids About Black Lives And Police Violence
- Black Lives Matter. Black Minds Matter, Too: The Case For Prioritizing Equity In Gifted Education As An Urgent Racial Justice Issue
- NY Times: I was a Low Income College. Classes Weren’t the Heard Part
- NAGC Blog: Black Lives Matter in Gifted Programs