The role we can play after this tragic week
Submitted by Andy Nash on July 8, 2016 - 3:17pm
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In the wake of the tragic violence we have witnessed this week, I want to remind you that The Change Agent’s recent issue on “Talking about Race” is a unique resource that can help adults learn about the experiences of others, find hope in examples of positive action and change, and move toward healing the painful divisions that are often exploited by politicians and media.
If you are in New England, you can access The Change Agent online for free. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how. The Change Agent's lesson packets are freely available to everyone. Visit the website to find out how to access the magazine and supplementary materials: http://changeagent.nelrc.org/
Race has shaped U.S. history, continues to shape current events, and shapes our lives and our students’ lives. It matters to our self-perception, to our children, at our jobs, in our communities, and in history. Indeed, it matters in almost every aspect of life in the U.S. It is so important that we made an extra effort with this issue to offer supports to teachers. Teachers share advice and insights; students write about how such lessons affected them. Throughout the magazine, students’ heartfelt stories and penetrating analyses remind us that race manifests itself internally, interpersonally, and institutionally, and the costs of ignoring it are greater than the possible costs of taking it on. As educators, we have an important role to play!
Andy Nash, NELRC director and Cynthia Peters, Change Agent editor