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Educators Resource Toolkit

This toolkit is meant to guide educators and school staff as they seek to see and support children of incarcerated parents in the classroom

Children with incarcerated parents often don't disclose their parent’s incarceration out of fear of how peers, friends, and teachers may respond, and often feel alone in their experience. As part of October's See Us Support Us, youth with incarcerated parents were a part of an Arizona State University panel where they shared ways to best support them in this video.

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5 Tips for Educators

Five ways educators can start supporting students with incarcerated parents

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Youth Team: ASU panel 

Youth with incarcerated parents share how to best support them

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11 Million Days Lost

Resource on race, discipline and safety at US public schools

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Police-free Schools

A toolkit by Girls for Gender Equity for NYC schools on sustaining police-free schools


Words Matter Guide

How to use humanizing language when speaking about people impacted by the justice system

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NYCIP NYC Resources

Fact sheet of NYC resources for children with incarcerated parents and their families


The Conscious Kid

A website dedicated to equity and promoting healthy racial identity

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Recommended Books

Find age-appropriate books for and about children of incarcerated parents

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Creating Affirming Spaces

Learn how to create safer spaces for children of incarcerated parents


Teaching for Black Lives

Book edited By Dyan Watson, Jesse Hagopian, Wayne Au


POPS The Club

Curriculum lessons for supporting children of incarcerated parents through self-expression

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Supporting Youth

Video for school staff supporting students with incarcerated parents

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Directory of Programs

Directory of national programs serving children and families of incarcerated people

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Equal Justice Initiative

Racial Justice Teaching Tools

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Find resources for school staff to support youth with incarcerated parents

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Families Outside

Guidance and resources for schools supporting children impacted by incarceration

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2019 SUSU art contest winner, Maison, draws his relationship with his incarcerated dad


Advocates for Children

Tips for working with children of incarcerated parents

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Do's and Dont's

Hear from the SUSU youth team about how to best support children with incarcerated parents


Tip Sheet for Teachers

Pre-k through grade 12: supporting children who have an incarcerated parent

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