A recent immigration raid in Mississippi traumatized students whose parents were apprehended. Local educators were left to scramble for answers for their affected students. We compiled responses to common questions educators have. In addition, NEA has prepared an advisory for educators on how to advocate safely and effectively for immigrant students’ rights.
Almost half of the children in the United States–about 35 million–have experienced trauma. The Maryland State Education Association, in partnership with First Book, has developed the Trauma Toolkit for educators. The resource provides an overview of the causes and symptoms of trauma, offers insight on frequently asked questions, and provides actionable steps educators can take to support student learning and development.
NEA RA Delegates passed a resolution this summer that the association, at the opening of every NEA event, will “acknowledge the native people of whom this land originated” and use traditional Tribal Land names. In Canada and the United States, there is a long, dire history of colonization that has affected indigenous peoples in many ways. That’s why Native Land Digital, a non-profit group, has released a teacher’s guide with detailed instructions on how to use Native Land, as well as exercises for use by teachers of different levels. The group has also released an app that lets users know where Native Lands are located.Get the Teachers’ Guide ›
In partnership with the Maryland State Education Association, First Book launched an Educator Self-Assessment on Unconscious Bias in 2019. Developed to address inequity, combat bias, and foster cultural competence, the assessment helps educators become more aware of their unconscious bias, learn how unconscious influences actions and behavior, and acquire strategies to minimize their impact.
Ethnic studies is the interdisciplinary study of race and ethnicity, as understood through the perspectives of major underrepresented racial groups.
Check out NEA EdJustice’s resources:
Supporting Ethnic Studies Programs, which includes a toolkit, a comprehensive review of ethnic studies research, and news articles, and Resources to Support Black Lives Matter at School, which includes community resolutions and original artwork.
Join NEA as we celebrate a nation of diverse readers with recommended books, authors, and teaching resources that represent an array of experiences and cultures.
As hubs of our communities, our schools are pivotal places to combat racist, anti-semitic, misogynistic ideology. NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia and Eric Ward from the Western States Center discuss what educators can do to confront white nationalism in schools.Get the Toolkit
SUPPORTING LGBTQ YOUTH
For elementary school educators at NEA state and local affiliates. Learn how to embrace family diversity, create LGBTQ- and gender-inclusive schools, prevent bias-based bullying, and support transgender and non-binary students. For questions, contact ABrisson@nea.org.
February 14 to 16, Washington, DC
A professional development opportunity for educators and other youth-serving professionals. Hosted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation with support from NEA. NEA members in the DC metro area are eligible for a limited number of scholarships to cover the registration fee. For more information, contact HBenzon@nea.org.
Examples of educators standing with LBGTQ students in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Kansas, Maryland, New Mexico, Virginia and Washington.
Sign NEA’s pledge to stand with the millions of people in the United States, including students and educators, who identify as transgender, gender non-binary, gender expansive and/or intersex.
10 Actions for Gay-Straight Alliance Advisors to stand with the millions of people in the United States, including students and educators, who identify as transgender, gender non-binary, gender expansive and/or intersex.