As you dive into a new semester amid a historic presidential inauguration and political moment, we know the challenges feel overwhelming. We hope these resources help you contextualize this moment, navigate a polarized classroom and plan actions you can take immediately to start the semester equitably.
The same day a Black man and a Jewish man were voted into the U.S. Senate, a mob toting Confederate and Nazi flags attacked the U.S. Capitol. As you teach about Martin Luther King Jr. ahead of his birthday observation, acknowledge the link between the racism he resisted and the violence we witnessed at the Capitol. These resources will help foster related discussions within the context of U.S. history.
In the coming days and weeks, we hope you'll offer students important context for the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol—and we'll keep sharing resources to help you do so. But we know you're likely already talking with students about what happened. We hope these resources help.
As we return to school, we can commit to checking bias in ourselves and others and speaking up every time students or colleagues make biased comments. These resources can help prepare and facilitate those critical conversations.
A pandemic rages on, police violence continues to affect Black communities, and this school year is like no other. We know anxiety and burnout have been commonplace this year, and we hope you can find time to pause to practice self-care. These resources can help you reflect, rest and refresh so that you can be present for yourself and your students in 2021.