THE CLASSROOM INDEX BY CHOOSE
A (sold-out) K-12 teacher and administrator resource for racial literacy made by the very students who educators seek to impact.
It is often difficult or uncomfortable to talk about race. For the educator, The Classroom Index provided an easy-to-use solution. A reference guide, story index, and racial literacy toolbox, The Classroom Index enabled educators to supplement their lesson plans with personal stories and discussion points to spark meaningful and effective conversations about race.
224 pages edited by educators & Professional Advisory Board. Created by high school students
Over 150 stories exclusive to The Classroom Index, organized by topics & tags that relate to diverse K-12 lesson plans across school subjects
Funded primarily by the Princeton University Department of African American Studies and the Princeton Education Foundation
Recognized in 2016 by Princeton University’s Princeton Prize in Race Relations, The Harnisch Foundation, and Not in Our Town’s Unity Award
Piloted in Princeton Public Schools (Spring 2016)
Foreword by Dr. Ruha Benjamin, Princeton University Department of African-American Studies
Each story consists of an interview, a visual, thematic tags, and research-based discussion points that connect the story to larger historical or contemporary issues.
Short interviews, longer interviews, written reflections, current event features, and Teacher Talks (interviews with educators) provide different story formats to fit different lesson plans. Cartoons and quotes are also reprinted throughout the book.
To ensure our stories can accommodate all class subjects, The Classroom Index contains content, activities, and ideas for dialogue for eight core subjects taught in schools nationally. Opinion pieces covering essential questions that often confuse students are also answered, along with a racial literacy test for pre- and/or post-assessment.
"The Classroom Index is the work of bold high school students who sought to do something about the way we do, or do not engage in conversations about race. The book is an excellent and riveting resource that every K-12 district should include in their curriculum."