Teaching for Social Justice Amidst a Pandemic
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As Coronavirus cases continue to rise nationwide, many K-12 school districts are planning for a fall return that is at least partially online. This, at a time of growing economic insecurity and incalculable loss of life in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as ongoing social unrest driven by generations of systemic racism.
In the midst of these dual crises, teaching for social justice has never been more important. Yet figuring out how best to address so much hardship can seem daunting to even the most experienced educator.
To gain some insight on navigating these challenges in the classroom, we reached out to Boston Public Schools’ Educator of the Year, Mr. Sam Texeira, and one of his former students, Rebecca.
Our conversation covered a lot of ground, including how teachers can work with students to nurture connection, cultivate critical reflection, and encourage informed civic action. We also discussed how Rebecca is putting some of her sociopolitical education to practice by working with her city council member, Andrea Campbell, to address issues impacting young people during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Despite the uncertainty that lies ahead, Mr. Texeira and Rebecca remind us that there are reasons to be hopeful — especially when teachers and students work together for a better future.
Listen to the full episode and then check out our Questions for Extended Dialogue below to keep the conversation going.
Questions for Extended Dialogue