“When I look at what’s happening across the country in the field of education – the attacks on unions, the dismissive way teachers are treated by policymakers and the alarming funding priorities, I know that I need to take action.”
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“It’s like we were the missing piece of a puzzle for these students.”
The Seattle school board got the message loud and clear—if they missed it in the chants and signs demanding “Ethnic Studies Now!” from the students, educators, and parents who packed last week’s public hearing, they heard in the flood of public testimony.
As NEA begins nominations for the 2017 Social Justice Activist of the Year Award, we had the opportunity to catch up with last year’s awesome winners—the Union City Educators.
Educators are sounding the alarm that students have become actual targets and collateral damage in the Trump administration’s assault on immigrants.
“This is a public school and everybody is welcome as they are. The onus is on us to make any accommodations within our human power to help all of our students feel safe and happy.”
“I always had rapport with my students, but I realized I was too quick to put students out of my classroom and into the pipeline.”
“It’s about how we can help these kids. With that kind of attitude things go really far.”
“I shouldn’t have to talk to seven year olds about what will happen to them if their parents are deported.”
Recognizing that even adults can feel overwhelmed, educators advise that the best paths to create a positive school climate are at the individual school level.