Resources for students, educators, and families to conduct meaningful conversations toward healing in the wake of the Charlottesville white supremacist protests and counter-protest tragedy.
“We stand united with the Charlottesville community as they work to heal from the senseless violence that took place this past weekend as a result of the hateful protest. As educators, we must continue to encourage our students to stand firm against hate and racism. Our students must know and understand that everyone – regardless of their background – deserves to be treated with respect and dignity.” – Mark Jewell, NCAE president
Tragedy in Charlottesville
Many of our students are scared, anxious, and feeling threatened. Here are some steps you can take to respond to incidents of hateful words, actions and images and make sure your students feel welcome, supported and valued.
Educators Responding to Hate & Bias in Schools
HOW TO DEAL WITH ACTS OF RACISM AND HATE
- Before a Crisis Occurs
How can you and other school leaders assess your school’s climate with an eye toward defusing tension, preventing escalation and avoiding problems?
- When There’s a Crisis
What are the key points to consider when responding to a crisis that has been triggered by a bias incident at your school?
- After the Worst is Over
How can you address long-term planning and capacity building for the future, including development of social emotional skills?
- Lessons to Teach and Learn from ‘Unite the Right’- Anti-Defamation League
- Facing History: The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy
TALKING ABOUT RACE IN THE CLASSROOM
- Creating the Space to Talk About Race
- Start the Conversation About Racial Justice
- Responding to Hate & Bias – a Facebook Live featuring educator Fakhra Shah and Maureen Costello from Teaching Tolerance
- Discussing Race & Ethnicity – Resources from Teaching Tolerance
HELPING CHILDREN COPE WITH TRAUMATIC EVENT
- NEA Healthy Future School Crisis Guide
Knowing what to do in a crisis can be the difference between stability and upheaval. This step-by-step resource created by educators for educators can make it easier for union leaders, school district administrators, and principals to keep schools safe — before, during and after a crisis.
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network
NCTSN has several pdfs and other resources for helping parents and children deal with catastrophic mass violence events, including parent tips for helping school-age children after disasters, which lists children’s reactions with examples of how parents should respond and what they should say.
TEACHING TOLERANCE AND ACCEPTANCE
- Empowering Children in the Aftermath of Hate – What Can Parents and Teachers Do?
- How can we begin and continue conversations about terror and violence with children? What can we say or do to help our children feel safe? The Anti-Defamation League provides some guidance and resources to help answer these questions, including lessons plans for different grade levels.
- GLSEN’s Ready, Set, Respect! Elementary Toolkit
We all want students to feel safe and respected and to develop respectful attitudes and behaviors. GLSEN developed Ready, Set, Respect! to provide tools to support elementary educators like you with these efforts. The kit provides a set of tools that will help you prepare to teach about respect and includes lesson plans that can help you seize teachable moments. The lessons focus on name-calling, bullying and bias, LGBT-inclusive family diversity and gender roles and diversity and are designed to be used as either standalone lessons or as part of a school-wide anti-bias or bullying prevention program.