Don’t put anyone on the spot or expect any individual to represent their racial or cultural group.
Give your students the ability and validation to bring their full racial and cultural identities into your classroom so they can be themselves and speak their truths. Trust their wisdom and show deep respect. Discussions can begin by giving students an opportunity to share their experiences, perspectives or stories. Identify and appreciate points of connection, as well as differences.
Give students permission to only share what they want. Don’t put anyone on the spot or expect any individual to represent their racial or cultural group. Your students may be your best teachers about matters of race, each with unique experience and expertise.
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In This Section:
- Create a Welcoming Classroom and School
- Root Out Biases and Barriers
- Encourage Self-Expression
- Be Open Yourself
- Engage, Don’t Avoid
- Create Opportunities for Discussion
- Talk About Racism and Racial Equity
- Establish and Enforce Group Norms
- Process is as Important as Content
- Model Your Values and Vision
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