Social / Racial Awareness Resources

CCMA Call to Our Community: We call on you as a member of the CCMA Montessori community to reflect upon and to call out injustice, racism, bias and social inequality. The development of empathy and social justice are some of our goals today as Canadians, and it is our responsibility to turn away from complacency. We call on our community to start at home. We call on our community to educate ourselves about the current and real situations of inequality, racism, discrimination in our own country and to work to eradicate it. We call on our community to understand conscious and unconscious bias and stand against it. We call on our community to listen to each other and together, elevate our practice and our lives and forge a new future.


“The whole of mankind is one and only one, one race, one class and one society.” Dr. Maria Montessori

Montessori for Social Justice

5 Simple tips for children of all ages

EmbraceRace is a multi-racial community dedicated to sharing and developing best practices for raising and caring children in the larger context of race.

10 tips for teaching and talking to kids about race

Here’s how to handle conversations about race, racism, diversity and inclusion, even with very young children.

Talking Race With Young Children

For older children, addressing anti-black racism and the protests in the US and Canada.

How to talk to your child about anti-black racism

6 Considerations for School Leaders Making a Statement About George Floyd
Superintendents and principals must use pointed language

Leaders Statement about George Floyd

Embracing Equity – Our Liberation is Bound Together – How to reveal our own biases and help children

Embracing Equity-Our Liberation is Bound Together

Resources Aligned with Montessori:
Resources for talking to children about race and racism
This 10 page document was compiled with the support of the teachers of the Montessori Teachers Facebook group and the Montessori for Social Justice Facebook group.

Urban Alliance on Race Relations Course 
This course will be given by CCMA on November 12, 2020, November 26, 2020, January 14, 2021 and January 28, 2021.

Here are two resources: a recording of a talk and several books on social justice and multi-culturalism for children and educators.

Talking to Kids About Race and Racism: A Conversation with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita of Spelman College, moderated by Tiziana Dearing, Host of WBUR’s Radio Boston. The recording is now available on our YouTube channel. Please feel free to share it with others.

We are pleased to share with you some of the helpful resources Dr. Tatum referenced in her conversation:

– Multicultural and social justice books for children, young adults, and educators – Social Justice Books

Is My Skin Brown Because I Drank Chocolate Milk? | Beverly Daniel Tatum | TEDxStanford – YouTube

Back to School 2020: Building Community for Connection and Learning | Facing History and Ourselves

Teaching Tolerance | Diversity, Equity and Justice Resources for Teachers

Biased by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD |

Parenting 4 Social Justice | Green Writers Press (publication date March 23, 2021)