Landmark Supreme Court Cases – Classroom Activities and Tools
Includes teaching recommendations based on your time, biographies, time line, excerpts from the rulings, and creative activities.

Synopsis of Court Cases Related to Education

Six Goals of Educational Equity

Developed by the South Central Collaborative for Equity

South Central Collaborative for Equity Online Equity Guide

The South Central Collaborative for Equity is one of 10 federally-funded equity assistance centers that provide technical assistance and training to school districts and other local education agencies in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The center is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The South Central Collaborative for Equity has an online equity guide for school personnel and communities.

Classnotes Podcast

IDRA’s Classnotes Podcast is an award-winning twice-monthly podcast for educators about serving diverse students and families.

IDRA Graduation for All e-Letter

Monthly e-letter about our nation’s dropout problem. Available in English or Spanish.

IDRA e-News

Occasional e-letter with updates, alerts, resources and education news.

Race Equity and Desegregation Terms

Laws and Court Cases about National Origin Equity

Excerpted from Federal Statutes and Directives Regarding National Origin Students by the IDRA South Central Collaborative for Equity

Forms of Bias in Textbooks and Instructional Materials

Excerpted from Sex Stereotyping and Bias: Their Origin and Effects by the IDRA South Central Collaborative for Equity

How Desegregation Changed Us: Effects of Racially Mixed Schools on Students and Society

Were efforts to desegregate the public schools worthwhile? This report answers that question and others through the voices of more than 500 graduates, educators, advocates, and local policy makers who were directly involved in racially mixed public high schools in different communities 25 years ago. The central finding of this report is that school desegregation fundamentally changed the people who lived through it, yet had a more limited impact on the larger society. Public schools faced enormous challenges during the late 1970s as educators tried to facilitate racial integration amid a society that remained segregated in terms of housing, social institutions, and often employment. Nonetheless, desegregation made the vast majority of the students who attended these schools less racially prejudiced and more comfortable around people of different backgrounds. After high school, however, their lives have been far more segregated as they re-entered a more racially divided society.

Online Movies: Toni Morrison Reflects on the Journey to School Integration

Students and teachers can take an online journey with Toni Morrison through the tumultuous time of school desegregation, sparked by the Brown vs. Board of Education decision 50 years ago. Access to this program is free of charge. Two brief movies narrated by this Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author introduce viewers to her book, Remember: The Journey to School Integration (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004), and reveal photographs and motion-picture images of the events and emotions felt by both sides of the issue.

Interactive Civil Rights Chronology

Here you will find a chronology of important events in the struggle for civil rights for African-Americans from 1502, when the first African slaves were brought to the New World, to the year 2000. This website is a companion to Professor Balkin’s What Brown v. Board of Education Should Have Said (NYU Press 2001), with the history of and the legal issues involved in Brown v. Board of Education.

Institute for Educational Leadership – Brown and Equity Online Resources

The Institute for Educational Leadership web site has additional resources online including articles, discussions, classroom resources, personal reminiscences, and more.

Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research

Established in 1988 as a living tribute to the attorneys and plaintiffs in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision of 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education. This decision signaled the end of legal segregation on the basis of race in this country. The Brown family and community leaders in Topeka, Kansas, established the Foundation to commemorate and document the activities and history makers involved in this historic court case.