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Guides for Discussing Ferguson in the Classroom

Written by Saint Paul Federation of Teachers, in News

Over 75 percent  of our returning students are students of color. The killing by police of an unarmed African-American man in Ferguson, Missouri and the events that followed resonate deeply with our students in a way many of us are unable to comprehend.  We as teachers need to seek understanding, be available to our students and sensitive to their needs, and, most importantly, we must encourage dialogue and discussion.  As you begin to put together your lesson plans for next week, we know many of you will be discussing this topic, and many of your students will wish to as well.  Below are the links to the two most comprehensive online resources we have found so far for helping guide you through these conversations with students.

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/08/how-to-teach-kids-about-whats-happening-in-ferguson/379049/

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kwZl23Q9tgZ23dxSJWS-WpjZhOZ_mzVPtWL8-pWuLt8/preview?sle=true