This is for all the students, teachers, administrators, support staff and families who keep keep on moving. This is for everyone who pauses to mourn and reflect, but refuses to stop the learning and teaching after a fight, a shooting, a stabbing, a threat.
Because as scary as it is and as much as you’d rather call out from work tomorrow, it’s that whole education thing that’s ultimately going to knock out the gangs and violence. In the long run, good, quality teaching is going to be what gives our kids in Anacostia and communities all around the country, a fighting chance to make their schools and communities a safe place to be. Thanks for all you do.
That said, any suggestions on how to address the issue with high school students who have become highly desensitized over time around violence? My amazing group of special educators would love to hear how others have made these awful times a moment of learning and teaching.
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