As we think back to our classrooms, we remember the beautiful and diverse faces that inspired us, challenged us and trusted us. As we write this, we understand these students will be sitting in front of you looking for guidance and answers as they work to understand what last night's election means for them, their families and their communities.
We know that these can be really challenging conversations, so we wanted to share some resources that might help:
- Teaching Tolerance has election materials, especially on confronting bias, responding to discrimination and helping to create civic dialogues
- A lesson plan for an election processing community circle to create space for a conversation in your classroom
- A great toolkit for facilitating conversations on race, racism and other difficult topics that may come up in your classrooms
- Share My Lesson has created a bank of resources to support conversations about the election
As a teacher, you have the challenge of carrying your own emotions while also modeling courage, grace and dignity for your students. You have the responsibility and opportunity to not only help our students make sense of this election, but also to shape the hearts and minds that will, in turn, shape the future of our country. Thank you for your leadership and your courage.