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Perspectives: How to make sure Black and brown families are heard by the school


It’s a common experience: families of Black and brown students feeling unwelcome and not being heard at school. And teachers not being aware of biases that affect the way they interact with students and families.

This situation can make it harder for parents and teachers to communicate when a child is struggling in school. Families may find it difficult to raise concerns about their child and have the school hear and address them.

To help with this, we reached out to six Understood experts and Teacher Fellows . We know that everyone’s experience is different. But here’s some general advice for educators and parents on how to help make sure Black and brown families are heard.


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