AFT’s Share My Lesson
Lots of lesson plans by grade level on the election, civics, and anti-bullying. For example, here is a direct link to a high school social studies lesson plan on “The Dangers of the New Nationalism.”
The Zinn Education Project: Teaching After the Election of Trump
This site offers ways to show students, for example, how social movements have made strides during dark times, and highlights examples of “divide and conquer” politics. Visit the Zinn Project.
Teaching Tolerance from the Southern Poverty Law Center
“Voting and Elections: Resources for a Civil Classroom” gives lots of ideas for lessons on subjects including responding to bias, participating in civic life, and an educator’s guide to religious diversity and the immigration debate.
“The Day After” lesson includes ways to strengthen your classroom community, plan ahead and discuss the meaning of respect.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is also tracking hate crimes because it’s important to know what’s happening and where in order to craft policies and responses to defend and defuse. Report hate crimes here.
Boston University: Returning to the Classroom After the Election
This collection of resources, aimed at higher education, includes topics like facilitating difficult discussions and helping students in distress.
Edutopia and the New York Times
Comprehensive lesson plans mostly created before the election, but with video links and lessons on topics such as the Electoral College. Find the Edutopia resources here. And find New York Times resources on The Learning Network blog here.
A joint statement on the results of the presidential election was released the day after the election, in Spanish and English, from California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount).
It included the following: “California is — and must always be — a refuge of justice and opportunity for people of all walks, talks, ages and aspirations — regardless of how you look, where you live, what language you speak, or who you love… California will defend its people and our progress. We are not going to allow one election to reverse generations of progress at the height of our historic diversity, scientific advancement, economic output, and sense of global responsibility.”
Tom Torlakson reassured California public school students that they are
all safe from discrimination and bullying.
“I want to let all of California’s 6.2 million public school students know that keeping them safe from discrimination and bullying at our great state’s 11,000 public schools is a top priority. In California, diversity is strength… California already has, and will always maintain, strong legal and state Constitutional protections against any and all kinds of discrimination, regardless of a student’s race, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation, or gender identity.”
From the California Federation of Teachers
“In a democratic society, educators have a moral responsibility to discuss the issues of the day with their students. Without this fundamental right, teachers will be subject to political pressure to limit discussion of controversial issues that shape the lives of their students and communities.
As important as ensuring academic freedom is the responsibility of individual educators and the school community to create an environment where students are free to share ideas — as long those ideas do not lead to the harassment of or adverse actions toward any student population.”
The American Civil Liberties Union focuses on violations of the Constitution and its plans to monitor the Trump Administration.