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Teaching the Election and Digital Literacy

This Media Literacy Week, it’s more important than ever to ensure your students are informed digital citizens. As Election Day approaches, your students are encountering plenty of online information about issues that affect them and their communities. Our digital literacy resources can help you teach them to evaluate and check sources for bias, interrupt hate speech, and critically analyze and discuss online information about the election.

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Teaching About Voter Suppression and the 2020 Election

Voter suppression is not a thing of the past. It’s essential that students learn to identify it in history—and in this current election cycle. Including insight from Carol Anderson, John Lewis and others, these resources can help you teach about the Voting Rights Act, the historic back-and-forth fight for voting rights, the ways voter suppression manifests today and the ways young people are demanding better of the democratic process.

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Anti-racist Action for White Educators

Too often, educators of color are burdened with leading and supporting anti-racist work in schools and districts—perhaps even more so during COVID-19 and this year’s widespread calls for such work. These resources can help white educators and administrators take action now, carry their fair share of this work and ensure they’re in it for the long haul.

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Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2020

Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a holiday still observed as Columbus Day in many states. On this day—and year-round—we hope you’ll commit to teaching the truth about Indigenous history and the experiences of Indigenous peoples. These resources can help.

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Take Action for Youth Justice

Started by the Campaign for Youth Justice, October is Youth Justice Action Month (YJAM), a time to “raise awareness and inspire action on behalf of young people impacted by our criminal justice system.” These resources explain how the school-to-prison and school-to-deportation pipelines all too often begin in the classroom. And they offer ways educators can interrupt these systems.

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Confronting White Nationalism

After the president of the United States refused to denounce white supremacy at Tuesday night’s debate, some leaders of white nationalist groups publicly anticipated a spike in new recruits. We hope these resources will help you recognize—and confront—white nationalism and radicalization if you see it in your students.

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Today Is National Voter Registration Day!

The 2020 election is six weeks away, and time is winding down for future voters to get registered! Whether you’re working remotely or in-person, these resources can help you teach students of any age about voting and civic engagement. Here, you’ll find easy advice on helping students register, along with recommendations and resources for teaching about voting rights and voter suppression.

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Our Fall 2020 Magazine Is Here!

Check out our newest issue and learn about the communities creating schools where students and immigrant families feel safe and welcomed; hear from veteran educators about how white supremacy informs interactions between educators and students; and get ideas for ensuring your students are informed, involved and ready to vote this election season! If you haven’t yet had a chance to dive in, these articles are a great place to start.