What You Can Do
This is your time to make a stand! If you care about a better education for all students, the time to act is now. Join IntegrateUS, a student-led movement for integrated and equitable schools.
- Follow on Facebook and Twitter.
- Sign up to become a member of IntegrateUs and get connected with other student advocates who want to support you.
- Organize a conversation in your community:
- Find a space and time
- Promote to as many people as possible
- Prepare questions you can use to start and guide the discussion
- If you want to show the film, sign up here and get the toolkit with resources to help you here
- Share how it went on social media to inspire others to get involved in the conversation
- Start doing more research into integration and equity in your local community. Who is already working on this? What are the big issues you know about already? Who are some people you might want to talk to to get a different perspective?
Bring conversation about integration and equity into your classroom, school, or institution. Spark action.
Join Integrated Schools, a parent-to-parent grassroots movement to intentionally and joyfully enroll our children in integrating schools.
- Join Integrated Schools on Facebook and Twitter.
- Reach out. Contact us or see if there is a community in your area. Talk with a parent who has been there. The importance of getting connected cannot be understated. Wherever you are in your thinking, whatever your situation, we’ve likely been there, too.
- Do a little research. Here is a set of resources (podcasts, articles, videos) to help get you started.
- TALK about this anywhere and everywhere you can. It matters. A lot.
- Take the Two Tour Pledge — commit to touring two schools that serve students not ‘just like yours.’
- Join the Integrated Schools Book Club and Happy Hours— these are online and free ways to connect with parents across the country who are thinking about these issues.
- Consider starting your own local Integrated Schools group!
Organizations and Institutions
Join the National Coalition on School Diversity (NCSD), a network of civil rights organizations, university-based research centers, and state and local coalitions.
- Join NCSD on Facebook.
- Sign up for the NCSD Newsletter.
- Organizational membership in the NCSD is free and open to national, regional, and local organizations working to support racial and economic integration in public schools. Learn more here.
- Apply for membership.
- Add Your Signature: Preserving Students' Civil Rights Protections
- Add Your Signature: Prevent Segregation in Federal School Choice Programs
Host a Screening
Saw TEACH US ALL and want to share it with your community? We encourage you to host a screening and follow up discussion about how educational inequities impact your local community, and how you can work together to address them.
To host a screening, please contact us using THIS form. We look forward to hearing from you!
There's plenty you can do right now, where you are. No matter who you are, this work is about building a better society for us all. Follow the lead of those who have been doing this work in your communities.
- Get social! You can help spread the word through your social media networks. Check out our social media guide with shareable images and sample posts.
- Learn more. You can find lists of resources on this site and more collected by IntegrateNYC, Integrated Schools, and National Coalition for School Diversity. Here is a brief sampling:
- PODCAST: This American Life “The Problem We All Live With Part 1” and “The Problem We All Live With Part 2.”
- ARTICLE: Hannah-Jones, Nikole (2016) “Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City: How one school became a battleground over which children benefit from a separate and unequal system” NYTimes
- REPORT: Wells, Amy Stuart, Lauren Fox and Diana Cordova (2016) How Racially Diverse Schools and Classrooms Can Benefit All Students, The Century Foundation
- FILM: (2014) Separate and Unequal (running time 27 min)
- BOOK: Ryan, James (2010) Five Miles Away, A World Apart: One City, Two Schools, and the Story of Educational Opportunity in Modern America.
- You can see select news coverage from NCSD and IntegrateNYC.
- Learn more about how Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects everyone in public schools from discrimination based on their race, color, or national origin at SaveYourVI
- Do some research. Who in your local community is talking about school integration? Find out more about who is taking action, what their priorities are, and how they are engaging community.
- If seeing the film left you with questions and ideas, invite some people over to watch the film and have a discussion in your home. Get the toolkit with resources to help you here.
- Add your signature to these petitions from the National Coalition on School Diversity: