"CRT" Resources

DISCLAIMER: Critical Race Theory (CRT) is an academic framework that is NOT traditionally taught or discussed in K-12 classrooms. However, the misguided demonization of this term is leading to legislation that will effectively dismantle many equity, diversity, inclusion, anti bias, and antiracist initiatives in school districts nationwide. The resources provided here are NOT meant to promote the teaching of CRT in the K-12 classroom. They are to provide individuals with accurate information so that educators can work collectively to ensure that ALL students have access to an exemplary and equitable education.

CRT in Education Legislation

State by State Legislation

A Strategic Guide to Antiracist Teaching.pdf

A strategic Guide to Antiracist Teaching

What is CRT?

Critical Race Theory (CRT) is an academic framework for examining how systemic racism is embedded in aspects of American life (health care, housing, economics, education, clean water, criminal justice system, and more). It is meant to help us understand why racial inequities exist in our society and how we can eradicate them.

CRT Part 1: What is Critical Race Theory? by Sylvia Duckworth

What is not CRT?

Critical Race Theory (CRT) is NOT the same as Anti Bias Anti Racism Education, Culturally Relevant Teaching, Diversity and Inclusion Training, Multicultural Education, or other anti racism approaches.

Banning Critical Race Theory From Schools is a Step Backwards from Racial Progress: By @Impact
CRT Part 2: Misconceptions about CRT by Sylvia Duckworth

What is the legal impact?

Over 20 states have passed, introduced, or plan to introduce 'anti-CRT' legislation. None of the state bills that have passed mention the words “critical race theory” (with the exception of Idaho). The legislations mostly ban the discussion, training, and/or orientation that the U.S. is inherently racist as well as any discussions about conscious and unconscious bias, privilege, discrimination, and oppression. These parameters also extend beyond race to include gender lectures and discussions.

Why are states banning critical race theory? By Rashawn Ray and Alexandra Gibbons

What can we do?

Take immediate action! Read the specific language being used in legislation for your state or school district. Know your rights and plan accordingly! Write to your local/national elected officials, testify at upcoming hearings, speak up at local school board meetings, sign petitions, organize and attend protests.

Know-Your-Rights Flyer - Controversial Topics in School.pdf
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri Education Justice Program- KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Controversial Topics in Public Schools
Demand Antiracism in Schools! by @a_rebellious_educationSample Letter in English and Spanish
Fight for Anti-Bias Education by @growingwithmxt
Join the ABAR Education Action Group

Learn More

Here are links to articles and additional resources to expand your knowledge on CRT and the legislation being passed across the country.

Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Formed the Movement, by Kimberlé Crenshaw
Critical Race Theory: A Primer (Concepts and Insights), by Khiara M. Bridges
An Introduction to Critical Race Theory, by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefnacic
'The panic over critical race theory is an attempt to whitewash U.S. history' by Kimberlé Crenshaw
Embrace Race Webinar:
The Attack on "Critical Race Theory": What's Going on?
CRT Summer school by The African American Policy Forum
The Weeds Podcast (The Vox): What is Critical Race Theory? With Morgan Williams, Jr.
“What is Critical Race Theory?”: IGTV live with Dr. Angel Jones and Dr. Kate Slater
A Lesson on Critical Race Theory, by Janel George, American Bar Association.
What critical race theory is -- and isn't, by Faith Karimi, CNN.
What Is Critical Race Theory, and Why Is It Under Attack?, by Stephen Sawchuk, Education Week
The War On Critical Race Theory Continues As Some Call It Anti-White, by Janice Gassam Asare, Forbes Magazine.
'There Is No Debate Over Critical Race Theory' By Ibram X. Kendi
'Critical race theory in the classroom: Understanding the debate' by Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News
Letter: In defense of critical race theory, by By Shawn R. Coon and Vanessa Johnson-Ojeda, The Salt Lake City Tribune
'Why the panic over "critical race theory" is the perfect right-wing troll' by Amanda Marcotte, Salon.
Critical Race Theory In Art Education by NAEA ED&I Commission