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Monday, January 11, 2021
Good Morning, Awesome SCS Colleagues.

I'm writing this morning to share some valuable resources in the wake of the January 6th insurrection that led to the breach of the U.S. Capitol. Over the past several days, I've heard from many educators who have expressed the concerns of their students following those shocking events.

Shelby County Schools understands the significance of this occurrence in American history, and I felt it was important to offer supports to teachers and students that aim to assist with processing and understanding the implications of what occurred on that day. 

We recognize that students need ways to have their voices heard, and we want to assist teachers in facilitating these opportunities. The District's Social Studies Department compiled this comprehensive set of resources to be used by teachers as they engage in conversations with their students about the recent events. Here are some additional resources shared by the New York City Department of Education that may be helpful as well.

Students may be experiencing a variety of emotions about these events and need to feel their classroom is a safe place to express themselves. Therefore, I encourage all school leaders to meet with their teachers and staff to review these resources and determine the most appropriate ways to embed teachable moments into lessons and classroom conversations. Additionally, teachers should also be encouraged to reference their training on social-emotional learning to support their efforts in creating a conducive environment for these conversations.

I thank you all for continuing to serve as positive, compassionate and supportive guides for the growth and well-being of our students.
Dr. Joris M. Ray,