America is for Everyone
In the United States, the statewide laws and the federal laws don't always perfectly align. In recent times, we have seen controversial legislation passed in states across the country that seems contrary to federal statutes. Additionally, there has been discussion about federal changes to longstanding legislation. These topics undoubtedly come up in our school communities, and the Office of Human Relations, Diversity & Equity is happy to provide resources to support stakeholders in navigating these topics.
Supreme Court: Roe vs. Wade
Here's what could happen if Roe v. Wade is overturned - NPR
America's Abortion Quandry - PEW Research Center
Parents have tough discussion with children about Roe V. Wade - News12 Bronx
A Brief Lesson on Roe v. Wade - The Washington Post
Lesson of the Day: ‘What Would the End of Roe Mean? Key Questions and Answers.’ - The New York Times
Lesson Plan: Landmark Supreme Court Case: Roe v Wade
Why I Decided to Talk About My Abortion With My Kids - ScaryMommy
‘Brown v. Board’ Cited in Draft Supreme Court Opinion to Back Overturning Abortion Rights
A Classroom Discussion About the Media, Trust and Knowledge - Learning for Justice
The Danger of the Story of “Both Sides” - Learning for Justice
Anti-LGBT Legislation across the Country
Safer Schools for Trans Students and Colleagues - Learning for Justice
What Students Are Saying About Anti-L.G.B.T.Q. Legislation, Multilingualism and Nature’s Wonders - The New York Times
If they 'say gay,' will my child be safe? Parents of LGBTQ kids are scared of copycat laws - USA Today
What’s Driving the Push to Restrict Schools on LGBTQ Issues? - EdWeek
From book bans to 'Don’t Say Gay' bill, LGBTQ kids feel 'erased' in the classroom - NBC
Lawmakers in 19 States Want Legal Refuge for Transgender Youth - EdWeek
LGBTQ+ parents fear their children will have to hide their families at school under Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill - PBS
Transgender Youth Are Under Attack in the War on Science - EdWeek
Not just Florida. More than a dozen states propose so-called 'Don't Say Gay' bills - NPR
Beyond ‘Don’t Say Gay': Other States Seek to Limit LGBTQ Youth, Teaching - EdWeek
Majority of Adults Say They'd be Comfortable if Their Child Was LGBTQ - Healthline
Legislative Tracker: All Anti-LGBTQ Bills - Freedom for All Americans
Please continue to review and utilize the additional resources below to support conversations with colleagues, students and school stakeholders about the challenging political climate we have all experienced.
Good teaching includes helping students process their thoughts and feelings about the world and creating space for them to bring their full selves to school. This document, Courageous Conversations with Students, provides tools, lesson plans, and practical advice for facilitating dialogues with students about power, privilege, oppression, and resistance. They were adapted by the Office of Human Relations, Diversity & Equity. Click here to view this resource.
Additional Civics Resources
Critical Race Theory
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Maintaining Relationships Across Political Lines
I'm an educator. How do I talk to my students about what has been happening in our country?
I'm a caregiver. How do I talk to my children about what has been happening in our country?
I'm an administrator. How can I help support my school community around the election?
I want to participate in social action. What information is out there?
Websites for Additional Resources
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