Nine leading education organizations
issue national call to action
of the leading national education organizations, brought together by
a national call to action to affirm the right of all students to
attend school in an environment free from fear, violence, and
intimidation, including those who are black, brown, undocumented,
LGBTQ, Muslim, and/or living with disabilities.
We have been horrified by recent
reports of hate incidents in K-12 schools across the country, part of
an unsettling wave of violence nationally. It is time to act.
Today, we urge school leaders –
including principals, superintendents, and school boards – to take
action immediately to stop the violence and make the core values of
respect and inclusion abundantly clear to all in their school
communities. Specifically, we and our partners call upon school
Publicly reaffirm the
inclusive values that are the foundation of healthy learning
Lead a conversation
with their school community on the core values of respect and
inclusion at the heart of all learning, and
Consider posting a
statement regarding these core values throughout their schools
and/or all the schools within their district.
It is heartening that
we can rally such a powerful group of organizations, representing all
of the top levels of school district leadership, including the
National School Boards Association and AASA, the school
superintendents association, alongside both the elementary school and
secondary school principals’ associations and the National
Association of Independent Schools.
Please get this document into the
hands of a school leader in a school or district that you’re
connected to. Ask them to bring their community together to
reaffirm the values that are the foundation of healthy learning
Please let us know when you do, and
let us know what they say.
Together, we can help to stem the current tide of violence and erect
a firewall of common values to prevent future incidents. Let’s act
together to lift up our shared values of respect, inclusion, and
affirmation for all students, and make crystal clear that respect for
all means respect for ALL.