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Say Their Names Toolkit

1 month 5 days ago - 1 month 5 days ago #1 by Justin Kerr
Chicago Public Schools was nice enough to share a public resource for initiating productive discussions with children and young people about racial violence and civil disobedience. The press release from CPS states:

How are we going to move past our national turmoil? We’ve been struggling with this question and have yet to find a satisfactory answer. What we do know is that our school communities can be an important venue for open, honest discussion that allows us to critically consider how we got here as a country.

The outpouring of support in Chicago and across the country has filled many of us with hope that our nation may have finally decided things have to change. We support and stand with Chicagoans who are forcefully, yet peacefully, advocating for the rights of black and brown people. Unfortunately, this may be difficult to reconcile when wanton property damage is what gets the most attention in the news and on social media. However, we have to challenge ourselves to not lose sight of what drove hundreds of thousands of Americans to flood the streets, and the work that still lies ahead for all of us if we are to heal as a nation.

The work begins with having difficult conversations with the people we love and those we hardly know. Today, the district is releasing Say Their Names, a set of materials and resources to help you foster productive conversations. This toolkit was originally created as a resource for teachers, but now more than ever, it is critically important that we take these conversations out of the classroom and into our homes.

Click Here to Access the Say Their Names Toolkit
Last edit: 1 month 5 days ago by Justin Kerr.

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