New webinars upcoming on school climate, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, and new restorative justice resources

At a time when school climate is at the forefront of our Association’s work on racial and social justice and equity and opportunity, NEA is making the following resources and learning opportunities available that will appeal to members wherever they are on the journey for equity and justice – whether they are looking for ways to improve their impact in the classroom or if they are ready to organize for positive changes to school-wide policies and practices.

NEA and Teaching Tolerance School Climate Webinar Series

Building on the school climate member engagement work started last year, the National Education Association Human and Civil Rights Department, in partnership with Teaching Tolerance, is excited to offer a three-part webinar series beginning on Wednesday, September 20, to better inform and equip educators on immediate steps they can take to feel better prepared to address school climate issues. The series will cover several topics: assessing a school’s climate, creating a plan for incidents of bias and hate, preparing for and engaging in conversations about race, and speaking up in the face of biased remarks.

Responding to Hate and Bias at School

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Just as schools have plans in place to respond to fires or natural disasters, they must also be prepared to respond to incidents of hate and bias. In this first of three school-climate webinars with NEA and Teaching Tolerance, 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.


Let’s Talk! Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics with Students

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Join NEA and Teaching Tolerance 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’s resource Let’s Talk! will serve as a foundation to help build your capacity to safely broach these issues, and you’ll walk away with use-tomorrow strategies.

Speak Up at School

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

In the last webinar of our series on school climate, NEA and Teaching Tolerance will offer strategies for responding to biased remarks in a timely manner and helping students to do the same. You will learn to name different types of biased language you might hear at school, identify words that have become colloquial yet are still harmful, understand intent versus impact and gain valuable skills for creating a positive school climate.

Supporting LGBTQ Students: Recent Transgender Legal Developments and Advocating for Transgender Inclusive School District Policies

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


This webinar will discuss the legal rights of transgender students and describe legal and legislative updates affecting those rights as well as provide educators and affiliates guidance on how to encourage local school districts to adopt model transgender policies and practices. Register here to join live or to receive a recording of the webinar.

NEW Restorative Practices Implementation Guide: School-Wide Restorative Practices: Step by Step

The Denver School-Based Restorative Practices Partnership – National Education Association, Advancement Project, Denver Classroom Teachers Association, Denver Public Schools and Padres & Jovenes Unidos –  just release a new restorative practice guide titled School-Wide Restorative Practices: Step by Step.

The purpose of this guide is to provide step by step instructions for schools, teachers, and community members interested in implementing restorative practices within their school communities as a tool for addressing punitive discipline practices and dismantling the school to prison pipeline. The guide highlights best practices for successful implementation from determining a school’s readiness, team creation, professional development, and data collection. It also provides a five-year implementation timeline that highlights activities that should occur in each year of implementation.

Important Dates and Partner Campaigns:

Sept. 15 – Oct. 15       National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 25 – 29      Ally Week with GLSEN

October                       Bully Free Month

October 15 – 21          Safe Schools Week

October 31                Mix It Up at Lunch Day with Teaching Tolerance