Facilitating Critical Conversations With Students

Educators play a crucial role in helping students talk openly about the historical roots and contemporary manifestations of social inequality and discrimination. Learning how to communicate about such topics as white privilege, police violence, economic inequality, and mass incarceration requires practice, and facilitating critical conversations with students demands courage and skill.

This guide offers classroom-ready strategies you can use to plan discussions and to facilitate these conversations with your students.


Teaching Tolerance Hard History Grades K-5 Webinar ImageTeaching Hard History in Grades K-5

Join Learning for Justice for a deep dive into our Teaching Hard History framework for grades K–5! Participants will learn how our elementary framework centers the stories of enslaved people to teach the history of American slavery in a way that is both age-appropriate and accessible. They will also gain strategies for teaching about topics like freedom, race, enslavement and resistance while avoiding common pitfalls.

Teaching Tolerance Hard History Webinar ImageTeaching Hard History: American Slavery

With Teaching Hard History, we’re calling on American educators, curriculum writers and policy makers to confront the fact that slavery and racial injustice are not only a foundational part of the nation’s past, but a continuing influence on the present.

Let's Talk! Webinar imageLet’s Talk! Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics With Students

Join NEA and Learning for Justice for our second of three school-climate webinars. This time, we will provide guidance on how to have relevant and rigorous conversations with students about race, racism and other important topics.

Teaching Tolerance webinar Discussing Black Lives Matter imageLet’s Talk! Discussing Black Lives Matter

This sequel to Let’s Talk! Discussing Black Lives Matter in the Classroom reviews the education related policy demands within the Movement for Black Lives’ platform: Invest-Divest and Community Control.

Teaching Tolerance Webinar WhitenessLet’s Talk! Discussing Whiteness

In this interactive webinar, we’ll discuss whiteness as a racial identity with the understanding that acknowledging whiteness and the privilege and power attached to it is a necessary step in working toward racial justice.

Teaching Tolerance webinar Teaching Black Lives Matter 380x228Let’s Talk! Teaching Black Lives Matter

In this first webinar in the Let’s Talk! series, we’ll explore Black Lives Matter, an activist group that media, schools and communities often struggle to understand.


Teaching Tolerance Equity Matters Confronting Implicit Bias Webinar imageEquity Matters: Confronting Implicit Bias

The third Equity Matters webinar delves into implicit biases—the subconscious biases we all have that influence how we respond to others.

Teaching Tolerance webinar Discussing the 2016 Election Webinar imageLet’s Talk: Discussing the 2016 Election

In this second part of the Let’s Talk! series, educators will learn how to lead powerful conversations about the 2016 election and consider the effects of political rhetoric on vulnerable students, civil discourse and school climate.

Extreme Prejudice PicExtreme Prejudice

Join us and our friends from the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding for this one-hour webinar, and learn try-tomorrow strategies that can help you teach about extremism accurately, responsibly and safely.

Speak Up at School webinar imageSpeak Up at School

In the last webinar of our series on school climate, NEA and Learning for Justice will offer strategies for responding to biased remarks in a timely manner and helping students to do the same.

Responding to hate and Bias at School Webinar imageResponding to Hate and Bias at School

In this first of three school-climate webinars with NEA and Learning for Justice, you will reflect on your school’s climate, identify existing policies and procedures for responding to incidents of hate and bias, and learn how to draft an action plan.