The following resources are designed to help educators have critical conversations about the attack on the Capitol with their learners, peers and within their communities.
Resources to help your students
Children need a safe place to express their anxiety or worries and seek answers that are suited to and appropriate for their age.
Books can explore deep or difficult issues without hitting them head-on, and can serve as a starting place for conversations with children.
Even students who don’t fully understand the events may feel a sense of instability as the adults in their lives react to current events. How should teachers address those emotions so that students can continue learning, especially in a school environment already disrupted by the pandemic?
Resources to help your teaching
Days After Pedagogy doesn’t mean turning trauma into a standard or a benchmarked lesson. But if you’re going to talk about it, do so with intention, care and an explicit commitment to justice and equity.
Preparing for the emotions that may arise from discussions of genocide and oppression can help teachers avoid traumatizing students.
Engaging with current events is an essential part of educating young people to be informed and humane participants in a democracy. These resources from Facing History and Ourselves foster thoughtful classroom conversations and build your students’ capacities for critical thinking, emotional engagement, ethical reflection and civic agency.
Resources to help your learning communities
Individual acts must transform into collective action, and educators can be part of that change with these four steps outlined by this professor and director of the University of California’s Black Male Institute.
The health of our communities depends on each of us taking individual actions to help others. This includes kids, as much as adults
The equity tool prepares school leaders, counselors, educators and other stakeholders with ways to ensure the safety and engagement of students when discussing topics across the lines of sexuality, religion and nationality.