The Orleans Central Supervisory Union is committed to teaching tolerance and raising awareness of social justice issues as evidenced by our opening in-service workshops this year. Additionally, teachers and administrators will participate in focus groups throughout the year that are focused on topics affecting our students and community and the Identity and Education Group will continue to meet after school, supported by a grant from the Rowland Foundation.
Below are some resources that might prove helpful in supporting teachers and administrators in responding to these incidents.
Pages 11-22 of this resource from Teaching Tolerance detail best practices for administrators in responding to instances of hate in the community. I encourage you to give it a look: http://www.tolerance.org/sites/default/files/general/Responding%20to%20Hate%20at%20School%20ONLINE_3.pdf
In brief, their "checklist for administrators" is to:
- Put safety first
- Denounce the act
- Involve others
- Work with the media
- Provide accurate information—and dispel misinformation
- Support targeted students
- Seek justice, avoid blame
- Promote healing
The next meeting of the Identity and Education Group will be on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 4:00 at Lake Region. The meeting is open to students, staff, parents, and community members. I urge you to come and work with us as we consider ways to build a community where everyone feels valued and respected, and where kindness overshadows hate.