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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.

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Addressing Anti-Asian Bias

Amid the pandemic, Asian American people continue to experience racism, violence and harassment. These resources can help you teach the historical precedents for this moment, introduce ways for students to recognize and speak up against coronavirus racism, and start conversations with even the youngest learners about recognizing and acting to address injustice.

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Pandemic Pedagogy: One Year In

As many communities pass the one-year mark of distance learning, quarantine and loss, it’s important to acknowledge the undeniable impact of the pandemic on all of our lives—including the ways students experience school. We hope these resources help.

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Remember Trans Women on International Women’s Day!

Amid ongoing anti-trans legislation proposals, we urge you to acknowledge, uplift and teach about transgender women on this International Women’s Day—and throughout the year. This interview with transgender activist Hazel Edwards will help you reflect on ways to create a more inclusive environment for trans students. And displaying these One World posters featuring quotes by transgender women advocates will let your transgender students know you support them.

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Happy Women's History Month!

During Women’s History Month and year-round, recognize and uplift women change makers who are more likely to have been silenced or hidden from history. Use these resources to introduce students to a diversity of women—and show them that they, too, are change makers.

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Read Across America Week

This Read Across America Week, we hope you’ll continue introducing diverse texts to all of your students. We also encourage you to incorporate inclusive young readers’ editions in your curricula and organize social justice reading groups to discuss a diverse range of stories and critical topics alongside students and caregivers.

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Teaching Black History Beyond February

Students notice when Black history is taught only in February, but they deserve to learn this American history year-round. These resources emphasize engaging students' communities and lived experiences, including how you can incorporate local stories in lessons—and move Black history from the margins to your everyday curriculum.