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Teach and Learn About Voting Rights

As activists across the country push back against policies and legislation restricting the vote, we take time this week to honor those who have come before us in the fight for voting rights. We hope these resources, all of which celebrate the incredible contributions of the late Congressman John Lewis, help you learn and teach about voting rights—and encourage action for a more accessible democracy for us all.

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May Is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

As you plan for the upcoming Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we encourage you to celebrate and teach the diversity of AAPI identities. Then, keep going by incorporating AAPI voices into your curricula all year long. You can begin with these resources.

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Responding to the Chauvin Verdict

Today, Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all charges. But our legal system is still far from just, and many students may still be feeling a lack of closure. In critical moments like these, we know students look to educators for guidance. We hope you’ll reaffirm the value of Black lives. We hope you’ll create a space for students to process—not debate. And we hope you’ll get the support you need. These resources can help you hold space for critical conversations in the days to come.

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Celebrating Arab American Heritage Month

During April, we uplift Arab American Heritage Month. These resources will help educators celebrate Arab identity, counter negative stereotypes, teach about Arab history and cultures, and ensure an inclusive environment that supports Arab American students this month and throughout the year.

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Don't Say Nothing: Responding to Police Violence

We are lifting up educators and students of color as we all continue to witness fatal police shootings—this time in Minneapolis, Chicago and Honolulu—and as video circulates of police violence against a Black and Latinx man in Virginia. Please take time to care for yourself as best you can. To all educators, when addressing these acts of violence, make sure you’re aware of students who may be experiencing trauma related to these events. These resources can help you support your students and give them space to grieve.

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Taking Care During Another COVID Surge

As we witness a significant rise in coronavirus cases, we encourage you to take care of yourself and your students. These resources recommend trauma-informed practices and culturally responsive teaching methods—including supporting Muslim students, families and educators who begin Ramadan observance next week amid the pandemic. We wish you continued strength and compassion in these difficult times.

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Black Lives Matter This Week and Always

This week, as Derek Chauvin goes on trial for the murder of George Floyd, we urge you to continue supporting and centering Black students. These resources will help you provide that support, initiate discussions on the impact of systemic racism and police violence, and bring the Black Lives Matter movement into your classroom.

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Student and Educator Mental Health Matter

As we grapple with the impact of violence following shootings in Atlanta and Boulder—and ongoing stressors surrounding the pandemic—it’s important to be mindful of students’ mental health needs and our own. Share resources like the Crisis Text Line with students, some of whom may need immediate support amidst a crisis. And use these webinars to help you respond to trauma, normalize talking about mental health and continue practicing good self-care.

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Safer Schools for Trans Students and Colleagues

So far this year, more than 80 anti-transgender bills have been proposed at the state level, and much of this legislation targets trans children and youth. As anti-LGBTQ groups and lawmakers attack trans rights, schools must ensure trans students and educators are supported. Use these resources to build policy and help create a safer space for all students who could be harmed by policies that rigidly define and police gender norms.