Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Common Sense Approach to Talking to Students About Charlottesville

When difficult news and events take place in our world, it stands to reason that difficult topics may work their way into the classroom. Unfortunately educators don't have much training on how to best approach such situations with students. 

Thank goodness for Common Sense...
Education that is. 

When difficult events take place like the horrific display of hate in Charlottesville, Virginia Common Sense comes through with some helpful tools and resources to address students. You can sign up here to be informed directly from Common Sense. 

Erin Wilkey Oh, Executive Editor, of Common Sense Education shares the collection of resources below that will help schools have tough conversations with students to help them fight for a better world. When such sensitive topics come up, be sure to loop in the right team at your school to determine your best strategy. You'll want to reach out to staff such as administration, guidance counselors, librarians, parent coordinators, advisory, and in places like NYC "Respect for All" liaisons. 
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Resources for Classrooms
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Resources
Build an inclusive culture in your classroom that stands against oppressive forces like racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, and beyond. See our picks
Civil Rights and Social Justice Resources for Classrooms
Civil Rights and Social Justice Starters
Inspire students to become the next generation of activists and advocates with resources that spotlight past and present struggles for social justice. Get these tools
We All Teach SEL: Inspiring Activities for Every Classroom
We All Teach SEL: Inspiring Activities for Every Classroom
Make character education key to your classroom with activities that help students show empathy for others, understand their emotions, and stand up for what they believe in. Read more
Tools for Teaching About the History of Oppression
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Facing History and Ourselves
Knotted Line logo
Knotted Line
Zinn Education Project logo
Zinn Education Project

Explaining the News to Our Kids
Explaining the News to Kids
Help parents and caregivers address the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, with these age-appropriate tips on what to say. Read more

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