Conversation Starters: Resources for Parents, Caregivers, Teachers & Other Curious Folks

This is just the start of a curated list of resources for those wishing to explore these topics. Know something we missed? This list is by no means complete and we are always interested in learning new things! Please email us at

ADL’s Education Department provides educational programs, training and resources for grades PreK-12 and college/university settings.

  • Anti-bias and bullying prevention programs to assist educators and students in understanding and challenging bias and building ally behaviors.
  • Resources to empower young people with constructive responses to combat anti-Semitism.
  • Programs and resources to help students explore and critically reflect on the Holocaust.

Antisemitism Uncovered: A Guide to Old Myths in a New Era is a comprehensive resource with historical context, fact-based descriptions of prevalent antisemitic myths, contemporary examples and calls-to-action for addressing this hate.

Resource Library: A knowledge base of tools and resources from ADL.

Resources selected in tandem with and growing out of the Jewish Futures Conference 2019, Pride and Prejudice: Jewish Education’s Battle Amid Growing Anti-Semitism. This is a dynamic and changing resource guide that is designed to point you towards some significant and helpful resources.

Video: Behind the Lies of Holocaust Denial by Deborah Lipstadt

Families and teachers can also contact the temple in Hingham, Congregation Sha’aray Shalom, 781-749-8103,

Color Blind or Color Brave (in the workplace) – Mellody Hobson

What I am Learning from My White Grandchildren – Anthony Peterson

Danger of the Single Story – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Cost of Code Switching by Chandra Arthur

Uncomfortable Conversations with A Black Man Video Series by Emmanuel Acho

Gratitude to SEPAC for assembling the following list of resources

Hingham SEPAC – Hingham SEPAC is a parent-led group dedicated to supporting, educating and providing resources to parents and caregivers of children in Hingham’s special education community. They are committed to advocating for equity and inclusion for all students receiving special education support services through an IEP or 504 Plan.  Learn more at: and

The Federation for Children with Special Needs The Federation empowers families so that they have the information and resources they need for their children. They work with families with children from birth to adulthood, providing individual assistance, training, and leadership development and support.

Massachusetts Advocates for ChildrenMassachusetts Advocates for Children is a nonprofit children’s advocacy organization that works with students, families, communities, and at the policy level to remove barriers to education for children across Massachusetts. 

Understood – Understood is a nonprofit that provides resources and expertise to individuals who learn and think differently, as well as their parents and families. Understood’s mission is to help those who learn and think differently discover their potential, take control, find community, and stay on positive paths along each stage of life’s journey. 

A Parent’s Guide to Special Education Written by the Federation for Children with Special Needs in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Education, this guide is meant to serve as a resource for parents, and contains the most current information regarding the special education system in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Family Guides to Learning Standards – These guides to the Massachusetts learning standards help families understand what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of each grade. They are designed to help families and teachers work together to support learning.

Wrightslaw – Wrightslaw is a great resource for accurate, up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities.

A Parent’s Guide to Selecting A Special Education Advocate in Massachusetts – Written collaboratively by the Federation for Children with Special Needs and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, “A Parent’s Guide to Selecting A Special Education Advocate in Massachusetts” was developed to assist parents in choosing an advocate in the Special Education process when needed.