TCTELA Statement Against Racism
The unjust killing of George Floyd, and other acts of violence and oppression against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, have challenged the conscience of the world. We believe that educators have a moral obligation to combat racism, inequity, oppression, and complicity. TCTELA stands with those working for equity and justice.
TCTELA cannot stand for and work towards equity and justice without the voices of the entire population, particularly in a state as diverse as Texas. For this reason, TCTELA will endeavor to make sure these diverse populations are represented through the following actions, whenever possible: include BIPOC on the TCTELA Board and in appointed positions, include workshops and convention sessions that appeal to a BIPOC, focus on anti-racism in education, and include BIPOC populations as targeted groups in any recruiting efforts.
We challenge TCTELA members to:
- Examine personal bias and prejudice.
- Read widely and value a variety of cultures.
- Look at historical events from various perspectives.
- Learn about anti-racism.
- Get to know BIPOC colleagues. Learn from them.
- Invite BIPOC educators to join TCTELA.
- BIPOC: practice radical self-care and seek out safe spaces
- Curate classroom libraries that celebrate all students in the classroom.
- Invite students to explore texts that celebrate BIPOC rather than whiteness.
- Work as an organization to eradicate injustices within our communities.
- Encourage writing that allows students to share their views on anti-racism.
Resources We Recommend:
- NCTE Takes a Stance Against Racism https://ncte.org/blog/2020/06/ncte-takes-stance-racism/?fbclid=IwAR3ApeLYspvJ4mDDEsbowaHmqDNv_d_3DS5rXmUO1q5whwz_E5jRlJyiuSI
- Build Your Stack: Antiracist Books for Your Curriculum Today https://ncte.org/blog/2020/06/antiracist-books-curriculum-today/
- Radical Self-Care https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/antiracismresources/bipoc/selfcare & https://ypdc.yale.edu/diversity-and-anti-racism-resource
Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO)
GEEO is a 501c3 non-profit organization that runs summer professional development travel programs designed for teachers.
Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at www.geeo.org. GEEO can be reached 7 days a week, toll free at 1-877-600-0105 between 9AM-9PM EST.
Dallas and Houston Holocaust Museums - Curriculum Trunk Programs
3 curriculum trunks available for loan to teachers for a 3-week period at no cost. Shipped for free to schools located outside a 35 mile radius of the museum. Trunks available for elementary, middle/intermediate/junior high, and high school. Many books and curriculum for language arts teachers, all with a multi-disciplinary approach.
For more information on the Curriculum Trunk Program, click here or contact Charlotte Decoster, Education Coordinator at [email protected]. For more information on the Curriculum Truck Program in Houston, click here, class 713-527-1630 or email [email protected].