June 1, 2021

Happy Pride Month From Learning for Justice!

Today we’re celebrating the start of Pride Month with one of our favorite One World posters featuring inspiring words from Laverne Cox. Cox is a vocal advocate for the rights of Black and transgender people, and she’s known for making history on several levels, including being the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy in acting. We wish a happy Pride to all queer educators, students and communities!

Black Male Educators Create Space for Joy // Coshandra Dillard 

It Was Always About Control // Cory Collins

Queer People Have Always Existed—Teach Like It // Cory Collins
Guide: Best Practices for Serving LGBTQ Students
We know LGBTQ-inclusive schools benefit all students. Our guide Best Practices for Serving LGBTQ Students helps educators create more inclusive schools. The guide includes recommendations about evaluating school policies, creating an inclusive classroom culture, integrating queer voices into curricula and engaging families and communities. Check out the guide and accompanying resources here.

Deadline Extended: Take a Survey About Our Magazine

We’ve extended the deadline of this online survey we’re inviting you to take to share your opinions about our magazine. As we prepare for the future of Learning for Justice magazine, we hope you’ll share your feedback. It’s your chance to let us know what’s most helpful to you and how our magazine can be even more useful.

Teach the Truth of the Tulsa Race Massacre

On May 31, 1921, white supremacist terrorists attacked the Greenwood community in Oklahoma, killing up to 300 Black residents and burning over 1,000 homes. We don’t know the exact number: For too long, the history of this and other acts of racist terror across the U.S. were intentionally kept quiet. We urge you to teach the truth about Tulsa and other hard histories. These resources can help.

Practicing Self-care Can Be Social Justice

Self-care is critical for all educators. But for BIPOC educators, it can be a first step toward self-sustaining, anti-racist practices in schools. In this article, Jamilah Pitts writes that educators—particularly Black women educators and other educators of color—can practice self-care and preservation as acts of resistance.

Check Out What We’re Reading

“Because LGBTQ students of color are not a monolithic population, this report focuses solely on the school experiences of AAPI LGBTQ youth, examining indicators of negative school climate, as well as supports and resources.” — GLSEN

“About 22.9 million people in the US identify as having Asian heritage, according to the US Census. Yet, in many schools across the US, if Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are mentioned in social studies and history lessons at all, they boil down to brief lines describing primarily two topics: immigration and Pearl Harbor.” — CNN

“The lack of knowledge of this history stems from inaccurate representations and outright erasure of Native Americans at every level of our society.” — The Washington Post

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