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Resources for Teachers

It is important for students to have opportunities to share and discuss what they are seeing, hearing, and feeling about what’s happening in the world. In order to understand and process their feelings and address any trauma in a constructive and secure manner, students depend on the guidance and assurance of adults within their school community. We believe classrooms can and should serve as productive spaces for students to process information because our teachers work to ensure that our classrooms are safe, welcoming and inclusive.

The Board expects teachers to exercise caution and discretion when deciding whether or not a particular issue is suitable for study or discussion in any particular class. As teachers consider challenging subjects, they take into account the age and maturity of their class, as well as the context of related academic content standards for the grade level/subject area. The Board also expects teachers to ensure that all sides of a controversial issue are impartially presented, with adequate and appropriate factual information. Without promoting any political, religious, social, historical, or economic point of view, the teacher should help students separate fact from opinion and warn them against drawing conclusions from insufficient data. For deep learning to occur, it is also essential for teachers to support class norms and behavioral parameters that foster safe, inclusive, humanizing, and responsive learning spaces for our beautifully diverse student population.