Supporting Urban Students on the Days After Major Events
In a guest post on Beyond the Spotlight—a resource for parents, caregivers, and educators, designed to create equitable and caring classrooms for all children—Alyssa Hadley-Dunn, Associate Professor of Teacher Education at Michigan State University and founder of Teaching on the Days After: Dialogue & Resources for Educating Toward Justice, offers tips and resources for teachers related to the attack on the US Capitol. Dr. Dunn’s research centers on urban teacher education and support, and the sociocultural and political contexts of urban schools, with a focus on issues of race, justice, and equity. A former high school English teacher, Dr. Dunn is currently working on a book about how teachers make pedagogical decisions on “days after” major events, tragedies, or instances of injustice. Her tips in this online post include using multiple Zoom breakout rooms, especially when teaching students of color; thinking about the language the media is using and naming the truth; analyzing images such as the US Capitol, the Confederate flag, and the act of stealing the speaker’s podium; helping students process their thoughts through writing; comparing police responses at the Capitol and during the summer protests; pushing back against neutrality; establishing dialogue norms; learning and practicing interrupter phrases—and more.
have been working 24/7 since this pandemic began in my role as superintendent,
just like all of my educator friends across the state and country have as well.
I have searched every resource, looked at every model, and tried to emulate the
best of the best. But I forgot one major resource: my students.
The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence has developed a social–emotional learning program called RULER, which teaches students to do daily check-ins, identifying the energy level and pleasantness of their emotions on a color-coded “mood meter.”
To help young people combat the growing mental health crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Yale University is offering a variation of its most popular “happiness” course to more than 500 low-income high school students around the nation at no cost.