How These 6 Educators Are Integrating Antiracist Education Into Their Classrooms

Lorena German, Angela Censoplano, Oriana Miles, HelloGiglges

2020 has proven to be a pivotal year for education. The pandemic and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement has altered our thinking about the role of schools in times of crisis. Widespread calls for education reform have prompted educators to examine their approach to addressing race, white privilege, and Black and Indigenous history in the classroom. This is because studies, like from Indiana University and Rutgers University, have proven that Black students are more likely to be suspended and expelled, are subject to lower expectations from teachers, and are less likely to be placed in gifted programs. 

But many teachers aren’t just waiting on state school boards to take action; they are rewriting their lesson plans to respond to our current political moment. HelloGiggles sat down with six educators from across the country to discuss how they plan to integrate

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Miami’s department of teacher education guides student teachers and those now leading their own classrooms through unprecedented times

By Margo Kissell, university news and communications

As Miami University resumes in-person classes this week, faculty and students are shifting gears — just as they did six months ago when the COVID-19 pandemic unexpectedly forced everyone to move online.Brian Schultz

Brian Schultz

Brian Schultz, professor and chair of teacher education in the College of Education, Health and Society, (EHS) said his faculty are well-prepared in terms of their deep understanding of curriculum and pedagogy, so changing course is something they do well. But, he added, it isn’t easy.

Over the past six months, they have leveraged resources provided through Miami’s Center for Teaching Excellence, Office of eLearning and the Howe Center for Writing Excellence.

“Others have drawn from their own experiences developing online curriculum and pedagogy — many faculty have gone through significant professional development in this area,” he said.

“Perhaps most gratifying is seeing the faculty lean on each others’

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Tacoma kindergartners, special ed students return to classrooms Monday

Tacoma Public Schools kindergartners and special education students will return to the classroom Monday. Desks will be kept 6 feet apart.

TACOMA, Wash. — Students will return to the campuses of Tacoma Public Schools on Monday morning.

Approximately 1,700 kindergarteners and 700 special education students will resume in-person instruction with precautions based on recommendations by the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department.

”I am getting ready for you to come back to class on Monday. I couldn’t be more excited,” Point Defiance Elementary kindergarten teacher Kelly King told her students during their Wednesday morning online class.

King, who has taught in Tacoma schools for 35 years, said she has enjoyed teaching online but said her students need to be back in the classroom.

”Everyday will be a challenge,” said King. “But a good challenge. We’re all going to be better because of this.”

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In Bilingual Classrooms, Teachers Are Anxious To Build Relationships, Close Digital Divide

For months, Jocelyn Ramos imagined how she’d decorate her very own classroom for her first year of teaching: bright colors and a warm, rainbow theme. She just never expected it would be at her house.

“This is probably my favorite part because it just feels welcoming,” Ramos said in a video tour. “It’s a welcome bulletin board. It says ‘Bienvenidos.’”

Ramos has been getting ready to greet her class of 18 first graders at Moreno Elementary online, as the Houston Independent School District (HISD) starts the new school year with completely virtual instruction this week. HISD is one of several districts in the Greater Houston area, together welcoming nearly half a million children back to school for a mix of online and in-person instruction.

For brand new teachers like Ramos, it marks a different kind of milestone.

“Even before this COVID happened, every teacher that I would go up

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See how N.J. teachers converted their homes into colorful, tech-heavy remote classrooms

Find all of the most important pandemic education news on Educating N.J., a special resource guide created for parents, students and educators. As schools reopen across N.J., we want to know what is and isn’t working. Tell us about it here.

Nicole Parham wanted to make sure all of her kindergarten students could see the book she was about to read.

“Give me a thumbs up if this looks okay,” Parham said, and was met with 12 tiny thumbs.

It could have been a scene from any kindergarten classroom. But instead of sitting in a circle on a carpet all together, Parham was sitting alone in her upstairs guest room, showing the book to a camera so a computer screen full of children could read along virtually.

“You feel like a first year teacher all over again,” Parham, who is in her 17th year of teaching at Irving

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Education commissioner leans on 16 remote-only school districts to spell out their plans to reopen classrooms

The Baker administration has left school reopening plans up to local officials, but the state education commissioner is asking 16 districts to lay out plans for when they will reopen classrooms, citing a “stark discrepancy” between their reopening models and the local public health metrics.

Education Commissioner Jeff Riley on Friday wrote to officials in the districts that are offering remote-only instruction but have COVID-19 transmission rates in the lowest risk categories in the state’s assessment system. They are:

Amesbury, Bourne, Boxford, East Longmeadow, Gardner, Pittsfield, Provincetown, West Springfield, Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public, Hoosac Valley Regional, Gill-Montague, Mohawk Trail, Mohawk Trail/Hawlemont, Manchester Essex Regional, Belmont, and Watertown.

He asked for more information about their fall reopening plans and gave them 10 calendar days to respond.

“In light of the stark discrepancy between local public health data and your reopening plan, I am requesting a timeline by which you

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New Haven to reopen classrooms for some special education students

NEW HAVEN — The school district will reopen 11 special education classrooms for in-person learning despite the rest of the buildings remaining closed for the first 10 weeks of the semester.

The Board of Education’s vote to allow schools to reopen for 11 special education classrooms is a step toward loosening its directive to keep schools closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Director of Student Services Typhanie Jackson appealed to the board for the change as the state mandates specific evaluations for special education students and the state Department of Education has not granted waivers, so

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