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Creating Safe Schools

The issues of our world impact schools and classrooms all over the world. Teachers and students are constantly navigating the issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and colonialism within the classroom each day regardless of whether they recognize it or not. Classrooms can be places where students learn about oppression and privilege or we can pretend that they are "neutral" and "objective" places where those issues don't exist. When schools either ignore or are ignorant to the issues that impact the lives of students and the world we live in, we do our communities and students are great disservice. One of our main functions as teachers is to ensure that all students feel safe, cared for and respected within the schools they attend. Therefore, I've put together five suggestions for teachers to work towards creating a safe and caring environment for their students.

1. Understand that your students (including yourself) play duel roles within society in eith…