Racial and Social Justice Resources

The primary mission of the Illinois School Psychologists Association is to serve the educational and mental health interests of all children by promoting the rights of all children, youth, and their families for healthy development and optimal education attainment.  A core value of the practice of school psychology is to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, schools, and communities. Communities across Illinois, the nation, and the world are gripped with unrest in response to the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and countless other victims of police brutality and unjust practices.  Our professional commitment to justice, equity, and the potential of every child is needed now more than ever. 

As a professional association, this commitment is embodied in our strategic planning priority to ensure safe and supportive learning environments for all students. As a Board we are engaged in supporting our members to advocate for social justice at all levels of influence - individual students, families, teachers, administrators, schools, communities, and our state's elected leaders and policy decision makers.  In accordance with the National Association of School Psychologists, we are committed to helping ensure that all children live, learn, and play in safe and supportive communities and schools with access to equitable systems, supports, and opportunities.  

Please take some time to read and share the resources below with colleagues, consultees, administrators, and others in your networks as you live out your commitment to addressing the systemic and societal barriers impacting the students and families you serve.  We are here to serve as a resource and support network to you in this shared mission. ISPA leadership will continue to create and share opportunities to engage members in collaboration, resource sharing, and conversation about topics of social justice, racial and ethnic diversity, inclusion, and equity.   Please share any questions, feedback, or requests for any additional resources or support by contacting any ISPA Leaders, whose contact information can be found here.   


Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture's Talking About Race 

Coursera Courses (free) - Race, Inequality, and Social Justice  

Trainers of School Psychology - Race and Diversity Resources    

School Psychology Trainers Listserv - Resource Collection

Say Their Names_A toolkit to help foster productive conversations about race and civil disobedience