Tag Archive: racial justice

Oct 25

Wisconsin has nation’s widest gap in well-being between white and African-American children, report says

Wisconsin has the widest gap in well-being between white and African-American children, and other children of color face significant disparities as well, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. “The message remains … the well being of our white kids is in the top and the well being of our African-American kids is at the bottom,” said Ken Taylor, executive director of Kids Forward, the Wisconsin organization that released the report.

Oct 19

‘This is the time to reassert your support for social justice’

With controversy swirling around white supremacist Richard B. Spencer’s appearance Thursday at the University of Florida, NEA Student Program Chair Ashley Muscarella says this is a good time to reassert your support for social justice, and working through your union is a great way to do it. “As an aspiring educator, I am a proud member of a generation that is willing to stand up against racial inequality, sexual, gender, and religious discrimination as well as ignorance and intolerance,” she writes.

Sep 08

NEA President says Trump ‘creates fear in children, and that is unforgivable’

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García on Friday said the country is facing “a reckless, irresponsible administration that creates chaos and confusion.” Speaking to the National Press Club, she said President Trump “creates fear in children, and that is unforgivable.” Educators, she said, at times have to “comfort crying children because they are afraid of their president.”

Aug 15

Resources for talking to students about Charlottesville and racism

As educators and students return to the classroom for a new school year, the troubling and tragic events that took place last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, are on the minds of many. And for many students, the events hit home, stoking emotions that include confusion, anxiety and fear. Students are grappling to understand racism and hate in our country and the role of neo Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacists. We have gathered several resources for helping educators frame these issues as they talk to students both in and outside the classroom.

Aug 14

NEA, VEA condemn ‘hate-filled bigots’ behind tragedy in Charlottesville

WEAC is sharing this statement that was released by the National Education Association and the Virginia Education Association late Monday afternoon. They are reacting to three deaths during a racist rally organized over the weekend by white supremacists, neo Nazis and members of the Ku Klux Klan. One young woman standing up against hate and for peace and tolerance was killed when a car was driven into the crowd of counter-protesters. In addition, 19 others were injured, some severely, in this detestable act of domestic terrorism. Two police officers also died in a helicopter cash during the event.

Apr 24

Educators’ Network for Social Justice 10th Annual Teaching Conference is Saturday, April 29

The Educators’ Network for Social Justice Conference is being held Saturday, April 29, at the Indian Community School in Franklin, Wisconsin. Workshops are facilitated by socially conscious educators and community members with a passion for their work and cover a wide range of social justice topics. Keynote Speaker, Patty Loew, is a professor in the Department of Life Sciences Communication and affiliated with American Indian Studies, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and the School of Human Ecology Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies.

Aug 15

Study links civic unrest to declines in student achievement

Just a few days before civic unrest erupted in Milwaukee, a study was released indicating that the unrest that occurred two years ago in Ferguson, Missouri, may have had a negative effect on student achievement in that community. “Understanding how and when civic unrest harms student learning is crucial for educators, parents, community leaders, and policymakers looking to support students in affected communities by implementing programs that support and facilitate student learning during episodes of civic unrest,” says the study highlighted by the Brookings Institution.

Jun 23

NEA applauds Supreme Court’s ruling on diversity

“When it comes to public education — whether it’s preschool or graduate school — racial classifications continue to carry great weight,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “If we’re serious about ensuring every child has access to a great public school, no matter his or her ZIP code, then we must uphold diversity programs because there is no question that they serve a compelling state interest.”