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Educating Our Children: Talking to Kids About Racism & Police Brutality [web resource]

On May 25, George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died after a Minneapolis police officer held him pinned to the ground with a knee on his neck.

Due to the pandemic, schools are already bracing and preparing for the trauma associated with prolonged distance learning, along with the health and economic instability that has disproportionately impacted communities of color. Now we must grapple with how to best support students and families during periods of personal and collective grief as well as civic unrest. The stakes are higher, particularly for vulnerable student populations—Black, Latinx, low-income, English language learner (ELL) students, and our students with disabilities.

Our communities are struggling to process these tragic events. And, while we cannot gather in our school buildings right now, we can rally in support of our students, families, staff, and communities that are hurting and outraged by these tragedies.

Public charter school network Achievement First has compiled a list of resources to begin processing trauma with children and to support you in creating space for potentially challenging, but important, conversations.

Resources include book recommendations for children and adults, including a free e-book, links to classroom resources from Learning for Justice, articles, advice from experts, and more.

Learn more about these resources in the blog post “Educating Our Children: Talking to Kids About Racism & Police Brutality” published on the Achievement First website.

Source: Achievement First | Educating Our Children: Talking to Kids About Racism & Police Brutality, https://www.achievementfirst.org/educating-our-children-talking-to-kids-about-racism-police-brutality | © 2009 – 2020 Achievement First

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