As nationwide protests against police brutality continue to rock the nation, educators and school staff are preparing to welcome students back for in-person and virtual learning. Many teachers see this as a prime opportunity to help students of all ethnic backgrounds process their feelings by addressing these protests and opening up discussions.
“Teachers cannot be silent during this time,” said Patrick Harris, a 6th and 7th grade English and social studies teacher at the Detroit Achievement Academy. “Teachers have to take a stand. Students are absorbing this and they’re going to ask themselves later on in life or even now, ‘What was my teacher doing during this time?’”
Talking with students about these events, as they experience them, is top priority right now. Teachers have to find a way to make meaning of this that creates a better society in the long run.
Education Week compiled the following list of resources for teachers, as we embark on a critical school year.
Resources about George Floyd’s death and the current protests:
Resources for talking about race, racism and Black Lives Matter:
Starting these classroom conversations can be uncomfortable and challenging. But for black teachers, talking about police brutality and anti-black racism can be particularly emotionally draining. The Practice Freedom Project, founded by Atlanta educator Tamara Pearson, is hosting virtual meditations and reflections for black educators.