In March 2021, I spoke with principal Candace Hunstad, school instructional coach Brigid Dux, ESOL teacher/school equity lead Samantha Gauta (all of Fairhill Elementary), and district coordinator of professional learning/cultural responsiveness Junena Thomas — all educators from Fairfax County, Virginia — about their use of Schooltalk for sustained antiracist equity work at the school level. It was a really exciting discussion about how to go beyond initial use of books to long-term use of texts for change. Sharing here to support others in similarly sustained efforts!
A podcast with Ethical Schools, where I speak about #USvsHate and Schooltalk.
Episode description: “We speak with Mica Pollock about #USvsHate and Schooltalk. Student anti-racism messaging in any medium can catalyze youth activism. Comments embedded in teachers’ everyday communication can impact students’ lifetime trajectories.”
These lessons for K12+ students draw from nearly 20 national teacher-support organizations. I curated these lists for #USvsHate, as a collection designed to counteract explicit bigotry while being an onramp to deeper work against hate, bias, and injustice in schools. I’m working right now to add youth-facing lessons based on Schooltalk and Everyday Antiracism.
These lessons help build inclusive relationships, start to challenge stereotypes, and explore overarching issues of empathy, bias, bullying, and ally behavior. Start here if the people in your group don’t know each other well.