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Why students’ ability to mobilize relationships is an essential back-to-classroom competency

Maria Vasquez finally had the opportunity to walk into a school building this spring. A high school freshman in suburban Atlanta, she was immediately embraced by her teachers, school staff, and  counselors, and told to reach out if she had any questions or concerns. Now at school, Maria is feeling surprisingly overwhelmed, disconnected from her school community, and not confident at all in reaching out to the adults who she sees as...

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Ready to be an anti-racist school? Diversifying students’ networks is a must

Last year, the killing of George Floyd and the inequitable spread of the coronavirus pandemic together created a moment in history that can’t be ignored. These events loudly drew attention to the systemic inequities in our nation and deep strands of racism that have long plagued America. Our education systems aren’t immune to this reckoning. Curriculum is one area receiving substantial attention when it comes to how racism shows up...