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Racial Justice is Education Justice

Our education system is intended to uphold equal opportunity, but too often it also entrenches racial disparities by its design. We are engaging educators, students and allies to foster real dialogue around issues of racial justice in education, to examine policies and practices in our school systems and our communities, and to mobilize and take action for education justice.

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NEA EdJustice Home Page

Growing the movement to win education justice for our students, schools and communities.
NEA EdJustice engages and mobilizes activists in the fight for racial, social and economic justice in public education.

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Resources From Other Racial Justice Sites:



Racial Justice in Education Resource Guide

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NEA Center For Social Justice

The Center for Social Justice is dedicated to lifting the voices of educator-leaders for the opportunity for all students no matter their zip code.

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Veoleo’s Glossary of Anti-Racist, Historical and Emotional Terms & Concepts for Better Discussions with Spanish-Speaking Friends & Families

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Understanding Anti-Bias Education: Bringing the Four Core Goals to Every Facet of Your Curriculum

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NEA Social and racial justice classroom, community resources: COVID-19 & more

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NEA EdJustice: Standing Up to Hate and Bias Related to COVID-19 Resources

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise across the United States, the FBI has issued an alert, distributed to law enforcement agencies across the country, warning of an increase in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans.

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Bilingual Resources on How To Raise An Ally / Como criar un aliado

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Children’s Books About Racial Injustice. In a series of blog posts, we showcase numerous Mighty Girl books for both children and teens that explore racism in both historical and modern contexts, as well as celebrate the accomplishments of African American girls and women. For more reading recommendations, you can find over 500 relevant titles in our Racial & Ethnic Discrimination book section.

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Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup

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CONSEQUENCES OF PHYSICAL DISTANCING FOR LGBTQ YOUTH

Social Distancing is crucial in minimizing the impact of COVID-19, But social distancing can impact LGBTQ youth by decreasing their access to positive social interactions and increasing negative social interactions.

·        An unintended consequence of physical distancing is potential loss of the social connections that protect LGBTQ youth from suicidality. Social connections have been found to buffer stress, reduce depression, and improve well-being. From a developmental perspective, loneliness is especially relevant to youth populations, as the need for social acceptance and belongingness is prominent during adolescence and young adulthood. Social connection has become a crucial component of suicide prevention, especially among LGBTQ youth, connection to the LGBTQ community has been found to buffer the impact of stigma on depression and suicidality

·        To address the potential negative social impacts of physical distancing, efforts must be made to ensure that LGBTQ youth know that they are not alone and feel encouraged to seek support and social connections through means that do not rely on physical proximity. It is important for LGBTQ youth and those who support them to remember that physical distancing does not equate with social isolation. LGBTQ youth should be encouraged to maintain existing connections through virtual means such as video calls and video conferencing. Youth should also be encouraged to participate in shared activities such as online gaming, watch parties, or physical activity classes

·        As schools move their academic curriculum to online delivery, there is a need to ensure that protective factors provided by schools such as supportive individuals and extracurricular activities can also be accessed virtually. Given the known benefits of activity involvement, schools should identify and promote activities that may provide similar benefits without jeopardizing physical distancing. 

·        For LGBTQ youth, physical distancing may have additional unintended negative consequences related to being confined to an environment that may be unsupportive or abusive. Based on existing research on rates of family rejection, many youth will spend their days confined to places that are unsupportive of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity for an indefinite amount of time. Research suggests that among LGBTQ youth, only one-third experience parental acceptance, with an additional one-third experiencing parental rejection, and the final one-third not disclosing their LGBTQ identity until they are adults

·        Youth who find themselves in an environment that does not affirm their identity, or places them at risk for abuse and victimization, can benefit from access to supportive individuals to help them maintain their own safety while also providing an outlet for them to be their authentic selves. LGBTQ youth should seek affirming connections either through existing support networks or by joining safe online spaces for LGBTQ youth. An unintended consequence of physical distancing is that it may provide less opportunities for mandated reporters and other concerned individuals to observe signs of potential abuse and domestic violence.

Housing and Schools: How Educators can Help Students

Quick! Do housing and land use policies come to mind when you think about what’s necessary for all students to learn to their fullest potential? If you’re like most people, probably not. But housing and land use policies, concludes a new report, have a “significant effect on schools” and can “affect enrollment trends, concentrations of poverty and school diversity, school funding, stability of enrollment vs. ‘churning’ of students, and [the] ability of students to complete their homework and focus during the school day.”

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The Widening Mental Health Treatment Gap in Schools

As educators, parents and students across the nation continue to advocate for more public school funding, the gaps in resources available to students continue to widen. One major area of concern getting more attention over the past few years is the scarcity of mental health resources in schools. Without the necessary services, students, especially those undiagnosed or untreated, are falling behind their peers. According to a new study published in The Journal of Pediatrics, millions of children across the U.S. are experiencing depression, anxiety and/or behavioral disorders. “Mental disorders in

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From Our HCR Committee: 20 Black History Month Activities for February and Beyond

First, let it be said: Black history is American history. But observing Black History Month in February gives us a chance to be intentional about learning that history. Of course it is wonderful to recognize the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. But there are lots of ways to go beyond the typical inventors and sports heroes so that every child can connect to and learn from the amazing contributions of the African American community. Here are some of our favorite Black History Month activities for the classroom. Find out more

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Local Screening of To Kill a Mockingbird to be Catalyst for Conversation

On Sunday, January 27, 2019, the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education (“NHICE”) will screen To Kill a Mockingbird as part of a multi-year statewide program designed to foster conversations with the public on law, justice, and civics. The screening will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership, and Public Service in Concord, New Hampshire. There will be a break midway through the movie, and a light snack will be provided. The program was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Read more…

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HCR Committee Needs Your Stories

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Take the Pledge: Safe Learning Environments for Every Student

Schools should be havens. But right now, many of our students are scared, anxious, and feeling threatened. We are hearing from students and educators around the country who are encountering hostile, hateful environments in their schools and communities, with fake deportation notices being handed out and swastikas drawn in bathrooms. We are being flooded with reports of hate speech and images directed at students in our schools. Nooses. Racist graffiti. Threats to our LGBTQ students. Headscarves being torn off. Girls being assaulted. Children are hearing that they are not welcome in their schools and even in the country they call home. There is no place for this in our schools. Educators know that this isn’t about politics, but simply that every student deserves a safe, welcoming, affirming learning environment. In

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