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Anti-Racist SEL Guide 1.0

Grades 6-12

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) can be a lever for equity and anti-racist co-liberation, or it can be a tool of enforcing the status quo of racism.

In this comprehensive package, we offer an intentional framework to help educators center their SEL approach in anti-racism.  


Scope and Sequence

Utilize this intentional framework based on CASEL to center your SEL in anti-racism

3 Mini-Lessons

Downloadable mini-lessons that can easily be customized for your students and classroom.

Additional Resources

Continue learning with this comprehensive collection of anti-racist SEL resources.

Mini-Lesson Overview

This package includes three downloadable mini-lessons with educator tools including objectives, guiding questions for educators to ask, and relevant materials.


Lesson 1: Understanding and Honoring our Boundaries
  • This slideshow is a mini-lesson about understanding and honoring our boundaries with activities that can be adapted for in-person or virtual facilitation. It can be a foundational pre-lesson for consent work, intent and impact, or community building.
Lesson 2:  Race, Ethnicity, and Culture
  • This is a script for a mini-lesson on race, ethnicity, and culture using a YouTube video about jelly beans. Candy not included!
Lesson 3: Intent and Impact
  • This slideshow explores the difference between intent and impact with some role play/case studies and an opportunity to talk about how we repair harm and transform conflict. This lesson is a great follow-up from the Boundaries lesson.


Additional resources include: 

  • Anti-Racist SEL & Being Intentional In Lessons Checklist for Educators
    • Anti-racist considerations for designing a lesson about how Black Lives Matter is portrayed in the media
  • Covid-19 Pandemic specific resources
  • General anti-racist SEL resources



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Meet Our Content Curators


Jill Leahy (she/her) is a passionate educator currently working in the Prevention & Intervention department at Seattle Public Schools. She previously worked as the Associate Director of Diversity & Community at University Prep, as well as for education non-profits focused on educational equity in public education. Jill received her BA in Finance and Business Management, but ventured far from the investment world directly following college. She is a board member of The Washington Bus, and has worked with Equity Matters. 

Emily Schorr Lesnick (she/her) is a white facilitator and theater maker in Seattle, WA (Duwamish land). She has worked in independent schools as a teacher, student advocate, and administrator, for over 10 years. Emily's training is in educational theater and cultural studies. She is a member of GLSEN's Educator Advisory Committee and a co-creator of How We GLOW, a piece of interview theater exploring lgbtq+ youth identity that has been performed across the country and world. Emily’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, NBC News, Parent Map Magazine, ArtsPraxis Magazine, The Huffington Post, and NAIS Magazine and Blog. With Mary Padden, she co-curates an anti-racist accountability email protocol with hundreds of recipients, moving from optical allyship to ongoing co-liberation. She also offers courses on Anti-Racist SEL and White Anti-Racist Accountability through The Institute for Anti-Racist Education. 

Together, Jill and Emily developed a comprehensive DEI SEL framework and curriculum to foster critical connections rooted in anti-racism.