As Hearts Break, All Across America

All across America, hearts break for George Floyd, his family, and all who came before him. 

This is a time to stand up and speak. . . 

To speak out against racism, to speak out against discrimination, wherever it is found.  

This classic quote is far too appropriate today:  

Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee (John Donne).  

A needless death diminishes everything we stand for.  

We know better.  We must do better. 
Thank you, Maya Lou Angelou, for the sentiment. 

As teacher authors, we have a responsibility. 

A responsibility to be inclusive in our writing. 

A responsibility to represent what should be. 

A responsibility to do our very best to show people of all races and genders, and all who have faced discrimination, in positive roles:  

As doctors, as scientists, as authors, and as engineers.

As artists, as architects, as agricultural specialists, and as attorneys.  

As problem-solvers, as teachers, as thinkers, and as doers. 

I want to give you a peek into what I am seeing in the community of teacher authors. 

Many of us belong to a number of very active groups. 

In these groups, I see a focus on creating materials that are inclusive and represent all students. 

I see teachers sharing reading recommendations through which we can educate ourselves so we can effectively become a part of the solution.  

I have seen teacher authors called out for unintentional insensitivities. 

I watched as those authors pulled those materials down, read, learned, revised, and made them better.

I learned as those authors shared their experiences, to help us all become more aware and inclusive. 

I would like to send a huge thanks to the artists who share their work through TpT. 

The vast majority of them are now including a variety of skin tones in each resource they offer. 

In doing so, they are helping teacher authors create better, more inclusive materials. 

An Invitation:

I understand it is not your job to educate me. 

But, if ever you find a resource which I offer that is insensitive, I'd greatly appreciate if you'd let me know. 

In each of our shops, there is an "Ask a Question" button. I dare say I speak for teacher authors in saying we would appreciate knowing if our materials could be modified to be more inclusive in some way we had not realized. 

A Wish for All of Us, on this dark day. . . 
May we never stop standing up against discrimination, wherever it may be found, and - working together - may we make a positive change. 

For -“The time is always right to do what is right.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.) 


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