Webinars on Navigating Today’s Educational Challenges
Against the backdrop of COVID-19, racial violence, and action for justice and healing, back-to-school is nothing like normal. But as schools reopen—online, in person, or both—Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) is offering a series of webinars that will look at the challenges of the moment, offering actionable insights for educators, families, and school and district leaders. The Education Now webinars are intended to prompt hope, add fuel to the push for equity, and create the circumstances for transformation across education. Educators are invited to join HGSE on Wednesday, September 30, at 3 p.m. (ET),for the first episode in the fall season. This webinar will explore the impact of racial trauma and stress on students of color, their families, and communities.
University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) has shared “Guidelines for Discussing Difficult or High-Stakes Topics” to help educators facilitate classroom discussion around controversial issues.
Teachers nationwide are considering how to support students who may be traumatized by images of violence at the United States Capitol on January 6. Some school districts are offering counseling services for students, giving them opportunities to share.
The events of January 6, 2021, may generate feelings of fear or anger in students. Teachers can create a space, whether in the physical classroom or on a remote learning platform, for students to express discomfort and feelings of anger or distress that may emerge from discussing these events.