Together for Justice

Our schools are committed to being safe, welcoming, culturally responsive communities that support the social-emotional health of our students. Bigotry, bias, and bullying have no place. This means we must address violence and racism in our society, and help create discussion and dialogue about how it has impacted people in the past and continues to do so in the present. This webpage offers resources for families to have those discussions, as assembled by experts at DOE. We also offer connections to mental health support—since these are difficult issues for all of us to experience and grapple with.

Resources for Families

How to Talk to Your Children About Race and Current Events 

Mental Health Resources

These can help address stress and trauma that children and families may be experiencing at this time

Free Mental Health Support 

  • NYC Well For Staff, students and parents 
    • Call: 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)
    • Text: WELL to 65173
    • Live Chat 

Resources For Educators

The following resources are provided for informational purposes and to support your work. The DOE is not responsible for the content of non-DOE resources nor does it endorse such content. Any recommended practices contained in these resources must be implemented in a manner consistent with DOE policies, practices and procedures.

Video Resources and Guiding Questions


  • What moments in this film stood out for you? Why?
  • Were there any surprises? Anything that challenged what you know — or thought you knew?
  • What messages, emotions or ideas will you take away from this film? Why?
  • What questions do you still have?

Mental Health Resources

  • NYC Well For Staff, students and parents
  • Crisis Text Line
  • New YorkCity Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides education, information, counseling, and referrals to assist with personal/social problems.
  • All EAP services are available Monday through Friday, 8AM – 11PM