Start a Conversation: resources for educators, families, and communities



Questions and conversation are essential tools for the classroom and home. Many students and children have questions about the events taking place in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, in cities and towns across America, and worldwide. Many people are struggling to make sense of the events, to understand them, and to find a path forward.

Conversations about a topic is a step toward understanding. There are resources to help you start those conversations. We recommend these resources to get started:

  • Teaching Tolerance has many resources, including classroom material, podcasts, and professional development.
  • Creating Space to Talk About Race in Your School”, a guide prepared by the National Education Association created in collaboration with Race Forward.
  • Chicago Public Schools created a toolkit for educators called “Say Their Names” that provides an extensive list of resources ranging from curricula, books, websites, and guides covering the following categories:
    • Consider the mental and emotional health of our youth, our colleagues, and ourselves.
    • Talk about race, racial violence, racism, and Black Lives Matter.
    • Pay close attention to media and information.
    • Be actively anti-racist.

Take a look at these resources, then start a discussion with your students, families, communities, and peers.

At Project Archaeology, we envision a world in which all people understand and appreciate their own culture and history as well as the culture and history of others. Project Archaeology provides curricula that help students examine cultural similarities and differences from the perspective of the archaeological record and descendant community member voices. We are housed at Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman, Montana. MSU’s president, Waded Cruzado, wrote a supportive letter to the MSU community. Just like President Cruzado, Project Archaeology believes in the power of education, diversity, and community.

In response to the current events, Project Archaeology is rescheduling our Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter themed blog series. June’s social media and blog posts will highlight educational resources about race and racism, the history of protest, teaching with current events, and bringing descendent community member voices into your classroom.

Please let us know how we can help support your students, communities, and schools. We are listening.


The Project Archaeology Staff

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