The past is never dead. It's not even past.

The past is never dead. It's not even past.

“We must teach our students that the ‘history’ of these events is far from ‘past’ and ‘passed.’ The history our students face now is a very living thing that we must learn about in order to affect change for our future. The longer we live with the myth of racism or its tendrils as bygone ideas, the more we provide the tinder of complacency that allows fires of hatred to fly through our streets.

As many of us prepare to return to our classrooms, we don't just need to buy flowers and make bulletin boards. We need to prepare and read resources (like #CharlottesvilleCurriculum from Melinda Anderson) that help us make space in our classrooms to discuss these events. We need to ensure that we treat our students' stories and the stories happening right now as a very real, living thing that our kids have the ability to change. They deserve that knowledge. They deserve that power.” I couldn’t agree more.

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Our Journey Continues

Our Journey Continues

Mike Stein and Marc Walls have been selected to further their work with the Hope Street Group Tennessee State Teacher Fellows program so they can continue providing a leadership voice in education policy. Both have passionately worked for the past two years as part of the inaugural group of state teacher fellows.

The Hope Street Group Tennessee State Teacher Fellows Program is a nonpartisan, nonprofit program that provides a group of diverse public school teachers the ability to develop skills around peer and community engagement, facilitating focus groups, and communication strategies while giving them opportunities to amplify teacher voice to inform policy decisions.

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