A Social Justice Lens: A Teaching Resource Guide

A Social Justice Lens Teaching Resource Guide

We all have lenses through which we approach our work. No matter what we do, our thoughts, experiences, and belief systems impact our actions.

Being intentional about critically examining those things can be helpful towards making sure our actions align with our values and intentions.

Here is a resource that I recently came across and feel can be helpful for inspiring critical thought and evaluation.

Many thanks to Dan Scratch, writer and Social Studies Teacher who had this resource and others available at his blog Teaching for Social Justice. Dan also writes at Social Work Helper.


Published in 2010, this guide from the British Columbia Teacher’s Federation focuses on four areas as a means to work for Social Justice:

  • Access
  • Agency
  • Solidarity in Action
  • Advocacy

12 pages long, it offers a checklist, and scenarios which offer important questions for helpers to consider before going about their work.

What I appreciate most about it is that there’s a blank sheet at the end for you to plot out a project of your own.

While it’s geared towards educators, there’s room at the table for everyone, and I feel the components within this resource guide are widely applicable and even adaptable.

 “How are those areas represented my classroom, my office, my community, my program, my policy,etc?”

The possibilities are limitless, so take up your work and let’s get started.


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW, LLMSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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