This has been an unprecedented, tumultuous time – and we all watched in horror yesterday at an assault on our democracy. This violence and chaos in our hometown, and particularly on the Capitol of our beloved country, was beyond the pale and will have repercussions beyond our government.
We know that you are facing some tough conversations – talking to your kids to help them make sense of these events – and we want you to know that we’re here to help as those conversations continue. Your formal training doesn’t prepare you for moments like this when we are all without words. We are with you and supporting you behind the scenes as you continue to have conversations in the coming days.
Education and civic engagement are essential to a strong democracy. Helping children to understand their role in our democracy is more important than ever. And watching the violence unfold may have exacerbated feelings of anxiety children are already facing during the pandemic.
We know books can help inspire conversations and wanted to give you easy access to a few sections that might be helpful.
Making a Difference
Activism and Civic Engagement
Empowering Educators: Conversations on Race and Racism Guidebook