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The viewer question from this week: Do you have suggestions on how to responsibly address trauma from the news?

It is critical that students see our classrooms as a safe space to discuss matters that will impact their social, political, and economic well-being. And as educators, it is our duty to establish trust and become advocates for students who want to speak out against inequities, racism, and systemic oppression.

One way to do so, without putting your job at risk, is by educating students on the election, the electoral process, and the issues that need to be addressed by candidates and legislatives. Our guest Amber says on the show, “We need to allow the space for critical thinking around the election and issues that are impacted because of the election. These are human-centered discussions, and every choice we make will impact someone in our community.” Check out the resources created by iCivics, as an example.

To gain more insight on the election and how to have open discussions with students about current events, check out Amber’s podcast, Let’s K12 Better, on culturally relevant narratives, where she engages in weekly chats with her three lovely daughters.

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