In a recent opinion piece, Education Week offers considerations for school leaders making a statement about George Floyd.
Many people are feeling intense emotions in the wake of current events. The recent killing of George Floyd has sparked protests and calls for change worldwide. A number of businesses, schools, and organizations have released statements to show support for the black community and to detail exactly what they plan to do to further the fight against racism.
Desoto ISD Superintendent Dr. D’Andre Weaver wrote a powerful letter in which he shared his personal thoughts as well as a call to action for educators. The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) also addresses school leaders in an open letter and calls on leaders to reject the complicit message of silence. Similarly, the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) addresses the need for discussion, self-reflection, and action in a message to their members.
For schools wishing to release a statement, Education Week stresses the importance of a statement that is substantive, trustworthy, and actionable. Some of the suggestions offered for achieving that goal are:
- Acknowledge that citizens are protesting not only the death of George Floyd, but also police killings of many other unarmed black people over time.
- Do not soften the intensity of systemic racial violence with broad language about diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Articulate actions you plan to take to confirm that black lives do indeed matter.
For additional suggestions and more information on the topic, check out the original Education Week article.
Sarah James is a communications specialist at TASB HR Services. Send Sarah an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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