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A Pledge for the New Semester

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.

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Teach MLK in Connection With the Attack on the U.S. Capitol

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.

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Leading Conversations After the Insurrection in Washington D.C.

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.

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Recommit to Critical Conversations

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.

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Practice Self-care Now and Next Year

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.

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Black Lives Matter Today and Always

Over the weekend, white supremacists burned Black Lives Matter flags that belonged to two Black churches in Washington, D.C. during a pro-Trump rally. Earlier this month, Casey Goodson Jr., a Black man, was shot and killed by police while walking into his Columbus, Ohio, home. It’s essential that teachers counter the insidiousness of anti-Blackness and white supremacy with students and affirm that Black lives do matter. These resources can help.

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The 65th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

December 5 marks the 65th anniversary of the start of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. It’s critical not to oversimplify or whitewash this watershed moment. These resources help students contextualize the boycott—and the civil rights movement at large—beyond Rosa Parks’ role, with a focus on women who were also instrumental in sparking change.

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Native American Heritage Month

As Native American Heritage Month comes to a close, be sure to continue incorporating this history in your curriculum and support Native American students year-round. Use these resources to help students contextualize the true history and contemporary issues of Native peoples.

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Teach the Truth This Thanksgiving

As you discuss Thanksgiving with students, we hope you’ll reflect and use these resources to guide them to a more comprehensive understanding. It’s critical to address the truth and violence surrounding the day while also ensuring your students feel safe and prepared. It’s also critical to uplift the voices of Indigenous people, many of whom mourn the day and the pain that accompanies it.

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Celebrating Transgender Awareness Week

November 13–19 is Transgender Awareness Week, followed by Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20. This week, as you celebrate the diverse experiences of the transgender community, use these resources to advocate for trans students and fellow educators, whether you’re teaching in person or remotely.