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Six Things Educators Can Do

Artist: Favianna Rodriguez. www.culturestrike.org

Teachers care deeply about their students. ICE raids strike fear in the heart of a community. Students are in our schools due to decisions of parents. Our nation requires that schools educate all students who come through our doors. ICE raids are akin to emergency surgery without anesthesia. Removing one member of our community in this manner is painful. Removing a parent of one of our students is heartbreaking.
Luckily, The American Federation of Teachers has provided resources and lesson plans to help in this situation. @Sharemylesson provides access to these materials. The six steps below are provided by these organizations.

1. Cut out this image and place the image on your door to signal to students and families that this is a safe space.

2. Create a classroom where all students are welcome and supported no matter what – teach lessons that tear down stereotypes and promote inclusivity and empathy. (https://sharemylesson.com/collections/immigration)
3. Know your rights as a teacher – ex, ICE cannot conduct activity in your classroom or school campus, they cannot ask you for information or collect information on your students under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, etc. (www.aft.org/immigration/iceraid)
4. Make sure your students know their rights – without singling students out, let them know where they can find information on their legal rights (www.aft.org/immigration/iceraid and https://www.aclu.org/issues/immigrants-rights)
5. Maintain a list of resources ex local immigrant rights organizations, pro bono attorneys and social workers that can be shared with students and families
6. Become an ally and person who stands in solidarity with students and their families, Unafraid Educator (http://unitedwedream.org/educatorsout/)

Suzanne Rogers, M.Ed.
District Director of Professional development, AP English teacher, ELA Coach, and cradle United Methodist. http://rogerssuzannem.blogspot.com





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