Since the election on November 8, 2016, we have received a number of emails from educators in elementary, middle school and high school regarding an increase in bullying, racial harassment and sexual harassment among students. School staff are also observing expressions of anxiety and fear among students who wonder what the future of our nation holds for them.
As one of our members noted, "These stories are painful and this is a difficult time. It is important that we maintain our principles so that hurts are processed in restorative ways." In our view it is particularly important that educators address these issues in respectful and culturally sensitive ways that allow students to hear each others' stories and find understanding across racial, ethnic, cultural and class differences.
Attached are three documents that may help teachers address the harms and misunderstandings that children in their classrooms are experiencing at this time.
Dear Colleagues Letter - Department of Education, MN (Nov. 9, 2016)
Model Circle Process for Post Election Dialogue (UMOJA, Nov. 9, 2016)
Entry from the Teaching Tolearance Blog (Nov. 2, 2016)
We want to hear about your experiences with constructive responses to these issues. If you are a member and wish to join a dialogue on this and other issues visit the Virtual Circle discussion forum on the NACRJ website.