Professional Development Resources

Below are free and valuable resources both you and your students can use at home and online to further enhance academic and personal success!

Inner-City Arts: The Big Ideas
The Big Ideas serve as touchstones while you explore the value and process of creative exploration and expression in a safe and supportive environment.











The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
CASEL provides the framework for understanding and developing students' social-emotional learning capacities.











Barathunde Thurston: How to Deconstruct Racism in the U.S.
Thurston's TED Talk uses examples from journalism to illustrate how language shapes our perception of race.

Wealth Shown to Scale
A visual-interactive infographic on the income disparity in the world.

Incarceration in Real Numbers
A visual-interactive infographic showing rates of incarceration in the U.S.

"Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" by Dr. Peggy McIntosh
An essential journal article which classically examines the concept of white privilege.

"Curriculum As Window and Mirror" by Emily Style
A brief essay that explores the need for curriculum to function both as window and mirror in order to reflect and reveal most accurately both a multicultural world and the student themselves. 

Race: The Power of an Illusion
The online companion to California Newsreel's 3-part documentary about race in society, science, and history.'s "Advancing Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as a Lever for Equity and Excellence
CASEL's Emerging Insights Report provides information on how SEL has the potential to cultivate knowledge, beliefs, practices, and relationships in the education system.

Center for Media Literacy's 5 Core Concepts & 5 Key Questions
The Center for Media Literacy provides keywords and guiding questions that help build habits of critical thinking.











“In my experience, it is much easier to support student voice when using the arts to support and express learning in other content areas. Activities that integrate the arts also tend to be more engaging and force students to think about their knowledge and how to communicate even more clearly and deeply than traditional forms. ”