ASCD Stands Against Racism and Racial Segregation

24 Aug 2017 12:22 PM | Lewis (Administrator)

ASCD Stands Against Racism and Racial Segregation



Members,

Over the past week, my heart was broken as we were reminded once again that hate and racism still infect many of our fellow citizens, in far too many places. For nearly 75 years, ASCD has taken a stand against racism and racial segregation, spoken out against acts of censorship, and defended human and civil rights. As educators, parents, and protectors of children, we must condemn the acts of hate and violence that occurred last week in Charlottesville, Va., and call on all leaders and educators to take a stand against white supremacy and intolerance.

At the core of ASCD's mission is a strong commitment to ensure that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Hate has no place in America's communities and schools, and, as educators, we have a responsibility to help instill civility and empathy in the next generation of citizens, both in the United States and around the world.

This week ASCD has reflected on last weekend's events and has listened to the needs of educators who work with students every day. As you head back to your classrooms now and in the coming weeks, we want to support you as you prepare to facilitate potentially tough discussions about the state of our country and current events involving race and hate. For decades, our authors and contributors to Educational Leadership magazine have often addressed tough topics like racism, so we have compiled a list of resources http://inservice.ascd.org/resources-for-addressing-racism-and-hatred-in-the-classroom/ that can serve as a starting point for your in-school discussions. More resources can be found on Twitter and other social media using the hashtag #CharlottesvilleCurriculum https://twitter.com/search?q=%23CharlottesvilleCurriculum&src=tyah.

Click and share Resources for Addressing Racism and Hatred in the Classroom http://inservice.ascd.org/resources-for-addressing-racism-and-hatred-in-the-classroom/

Thank you for being an ASCD community member, and thank you for the hard work you do every day to provide a high-quality education to all students as well as forge a more hopeful future for them.

Sincerely,

Deb Delisle 
ASCD Executive Director and CEO


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