We have been hearing parents and teachers and students both question what happened and express worry and anxiety and fear in the last few days. Our members have a special role in the community, and our educators have a powerful responsibility to our students and their families. We have assembled lessons and resources for when you address the racist and anti-Semitic terroristic events in Charlottesville with your students. Here are some ShareMyLesson.com resources submitted by educators and partners from across the country: https://sharemylesson.com/CharlottesvilleCurriculum
- Now available on demand: Free webinar on "When Hate Is in the Headlines: Resources for K-12 Educators" featuring the American Federation of Teachers, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project, the Anti-Defamation League and Facing History and Ourselves. WATCH NOW.
- For a brief news story and classroom questions, please see our Today's News, Tomorrow's Lesson with video from PBS NewsHour, "How to discuss the history of white nationalism with your students in the wake of Charlottesville"
- Additionally, ColorinColorado.org, a website traditionally devoted to English language learners, has the following materials on supporting students feeling attacked that can be applied to many scenarios where students are bullied: http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/8-tips-protect-ells-bullying-your-classroom-and-school
- The Anti-Defamation League has compiled tremendous resources in this blog as well: https://www.adl.org/blog/lessons-to-teach-and-learn-from-unite-the-right
- If you are still looking for the right resources to make sure you effectively address this in your classroom and school community, a community of educators has also been sharing on social media using #CharlottesvilleCurriculum.
Our students and their families deserve to know that we are allies in the fight against intolerance and bigotry. Thoughtful, intentional lessons on the events in Charlottesville, and the fight against bigotry and intolerance is one way of addressing these very serious questions and concerns.