Did Jeffco’s new superintendent, Jason Glass, follow district policy when he recommended a list of websites and articles as “learning resources” for all K-12 teachers to use when teaching about the Charlottesville incident?
Did he follow “District Policy IJ”, which says that all recommended instructional resources for elementary, middle and senior high schools will be updated and submitted to the Board of Education for approval, and that the viewpoints of citizens, staff and students will be considered in the review/recommendation process? Did he include a multi-step process in which major support resources are evaluated through public comment and three committees? No, he did not.
Jason Glass’s Recommended Resources for Responding to Hate Crimes and Incidents of Hate
- Talking About Race and Racism (Grades 9-12)
- Teaching the New Jim Crow (Grades 9-12)
- What is a Hate Crime? (Grades 3-5, 6-8)
- White Anti-Racist Biographies: Early Grades (Grades K-2, 3-5)
- Critiquing Hate Crimes Legislation (Grades 9-12)
- Teaching about race, racism and police violence: Resources for educators and parents (This reprinted article lists many of the resources available through Teaching Tolerance)
- What Is The Alt-Right? Article published by Teaching Tolerance 8/13/17 by Cory Collins
Blog about the recent ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, VA with advice about what the teachable moments are including providing a historical context, understanding the alt-right, the First Amendment and promoting respect, equity and justice.
Strategies and advice for talking with young people about race and racism.
Strategies and resources for talking with students about important stories in the news about bias and injustice.
A guide for educators and families that provide the tools they need to help young people confront hate effectively in the aftermath of hate violence or terrorism in their community.
From Books Matter, a collection of books about race and racism including biography/history, racism, slavery and racial pride.
Relevant Lesson Plans and Curriculum Resources
- Confederate Monuments and their Removal
- Noose Incidents and their Historical Context
- Swastikas and Other Hate Symbols
- The First Amendment and our Freedoms
- Teaching about Racism, Violence, Inequity and the Criminal Justice System
- Outsmarting Propaganda: Combatting the Lure of Extremist Recruitment Strategies
- Civil Rights Movement
Articles For Educators
- The first thing teachers should do when school starts is talk about hatred in America. Here’s help. – Washington Post
- Teaching Activities for: ‘Man Charged After White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville Ends in Deadly Violence‘ – NY Times
- Seven Ways that Teachers Can Respond to the Evil of Charlottesville, Starting Now –Alternnet
- Creating the Space to Talk About Race in the Classroom – NEA
- Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Guide
On Twitter, the hashtag: #CharlottesvilleCurriculum is a curated place for sharing curriculum for addressing what happened the weekend of August 13th.