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Resources for Back to School 2020

This school year will be unlike any other. These resources can help you as you discuss racism and police violence, support your students through coronavirus and routinely practice self-care. They can also help you show up for your students—and yourself—whether you’re working remotely or in person.

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Welcome to the TT Community!

So much has happened this year, so we want to acknowledge our new Teaching Tolerance community members. We have compiled some of our favorite resources for educators as we work together to achieve more equitable schools. Whether you’ve been with us for a while or you’re brand new to TT, welcome! We appreciate you and all you do.

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Stream ‘Bibi,’ our Newest Film

Teaching Tolerance’s new streaming classroom film, Bibi, is a story about the intersection of family, identity and belonging. As TT Senior Writer Cory Collins writes, Bibi explores “the beauty and conflict that can arise as we move between languages, places and societal expectations.” Help students explore their identities with this moving film and accompanying lessons for grades 6-12.

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Celebrate Disability Pride Month

July is Disability Pride Month, coinciding with the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. These resources can help you celebrate, support and advocate for students with disabilities by rejecting ableism—this month and throughout the school year.

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Celebrate the Lives of Two Change Makers

Today we celebrate the lives and work of Rep. John Lewis and the Rev. C.T. Vivian. We’re eternally grateful for their lifelong, courageous activism. As we remember these leaders’ relentless pursuit of equality, we hope educators will join us in continuing to work for justice and liberation for all. And we hope young people will join us in holding Representative Lewis, the Rev. Vivian and other change makers as models for who we can be when we decide to make “good trouble.”

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How Are You Affirming Your Nonbinary Students and Colleagues?

July 14 is International Nonbinary People’s Day, a perfect time to ensure you're acknowledging and including nonbinary identities in the work you do. These resources can help you further understand nonbinary identities, show up for nonbinary youth and create more inclusive school environments for nonbinary educators.

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Black, Indigenous and People of Color Mental Health Month

July is Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health Month. We know school communities and policies that prioritize mental health literacy can create safer spaces where all young people can thrive—especially BIPOC students, who face disparities in mental health care. We hope you’ll commit to reducing stigma and advocating for policy change in your school, this month and year-round.

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Protest Is Patriotic

This year, the Fourth of July arrives amid protests against racism and police brutality toward Black Americans and a focus on the role white supremacy has always played in the United States. As these resources show, this holiday and its symbols are tied to a long tradition of protest and demands that our nation make good on its promise of freedom for all.

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Celebrating Stonewall

June 28 marks the anniversary of the start of the Stonewall uprisings. Largely led by Black and Brown trans women and gender nonconforming people of color, protesters demonstrated against routine police violence, discrimination and dehumanization. This year, we’re celebrating Pride by celebrating the intersectional history of the LGBTQ movement—and the intersectionality of current movements in support of Black lives and LGBTQ rights.

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Celebrating Juneteenth

Juneteenth, celebrated June 19, marks the day enslaved Texans learned they were free in June of 1865. While the history of the holiday includes the injustice of enslavement, Juneteenth should also be understood in the context of Black people’s fight for justice and freedom. As Staff Writer Coshandra Dillard notes, “Students, particularly Black students, can find empowerment in the jubilant celebrations of culture, activism and the humanity of a people.”