A Time to Listen, Learn, and Act

Systemic racism is a reality in our country, and we must all take tangible steps to combat it. At Gradient Learning/Summit Learning, we believe that one of the many ways we can confront this unjust system is through education.

Our organization exists to serve students and teachers in all communities across the country. Together with our partners, we must continue to work each and every day to oppose racism in all of its forms, by ensuring that every student receives an education that prepares them with the resilience, perseverance, and confidence to use their voice to make the world a better, more equitable place. 

Silence is complacency, and we will not sit idly by as students and educators are in pain. We are here to serve you – to listen, to learn, to provide support, to share – no matter what comes in the days ahead. Our children hold the keys to the future, and it is our duty to join them as they build a better world. 

As you engage in conversations with your community, we encourage you to consider these resources to deepen understanding and promote change.

To read…

Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander 
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
White Fragility by Robin Diangelo

To listen…

About Race
Code Switch
Intersectionality Matters!

To watch…

13th – Ava DuVernay
The Hate U Give – George Tillman, Jr. 
When They See Us – Ava DuVernay 

To engage… 

Antiracist Research and Policy Center
Campaign Zero
Center for Policing Equity
Equal Justice Initiative 
National Black Justice Coalition
National Museum for Peace and Justice
National Police Accountability Project 

To talk with students…

8 Tips for Talking to Your Child About Racial Injustice (EmbraceRace)
10 Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids About Race (EmbraceRace)
20 Picture Books for 2020: Readings to Embrace Race, Provide Solace & Do Good (EmbraceRace)
How White Parents Can Use Media to Raise Anti-Racist Kids (Common Sense Media)
Resources for Talking About Race, Racism and Radicalized Violence with Kids (Center for Racial Justice in Education) 
Talking Race with Young Children (NPR)

We will continue to take action to support our partners as we work towards our shared goal of building an education system that serves all students equitably and prepares them to succeed in life beyond the classroom. I encourage you to reach out to us if there are supports we can provide you and your community.

About the author

Summit Learning
Summit Learning is a research–based approach to education designed to drive student engagement, meaningful learning, and strong student–teacher relationships that prepare students for life after graduation. Created by teachers with experience in diverse classrooms, Summit Learning is grounded in decades of research about how children learn. With Summit Learning, students gain mastery of core subjects like math, history, English, and science, while also carefully developing the skills and habits of lifelong learners. Summit Learning is independently led and operated by the nonprofit, Gradient Learning.