Social Justice Resources
Becoming a social justice educator is a continual process of reflection--both inward and outward--and action. Teaching for social justice requires not only a deep understanding of content and best practices in instruction but also courage, heart, passion, and relentless determination. To me, creating a classroom culture that is inclusive as well as one that critically analyzes inequities in society is part of being a social justice educator.
Pillars of social justice education include creating a classroom community centered on student voice and choice, connecting (personally and professionally) to students' lives, linking content to authentic problems, analyzing issues from multiple perspectives, and actively addressing issues of inequity and oppression in school and society.
I use this template of a poem to foster a sense of identity grounded in student's lived experiences. These poems provide deep insight into the family life, community, and cultural importance of each student.
Where I'm From
This activity focuses on identifying characteristics that are visible, invisible, or possibly both. I often use this activity before discussing the concept of intersectionality.
Students bring to us a wealth of knowledge from their family and community lived experiences. This activity helps identify those funds of knowledge that can be used to make authentic connections.