|Letter from Superintendent Susana Cordova to DPS Community; Resources for educators and families and Spanish version below
Dear DPS Community,
Hate will never be welcome in Denver Public Schools. Every student and every educator — regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual identity, citizenship status, mental and physical ability status, and/or religion — is a valued member of our DPS community. We know that we must remain steadfast in our commitment to ensure that all members of the DPS community feel welcome, appreciated and safe in our schools, as made evident in our Board Resolution, “Safe and Welcoming School District.”
As you may have learned, someone recently used gasoline to burn an anti-Semitic symbol on the asphalt at Ellis Elementary on Monday. We condemn this despicable act. The DPS Department of Safety and Denver Police Department are working to identify those involved and we are working with the Ellis school team to help all of those affected by this to heal.
I also want to take this opportunity to encourage all of us to stand united against hate. I want to encourage all of us to raise our voices in opposition to this action and all types of hate speech.
The Anti-Defamation League does extensive work exposing hate groups and offers resources for educators and families. Additionally, please visit our website for tools about how to talk to your children when issues like this arise.
Additional resources from Anti Defamation League
Empowering Young People in the Aftermath of Hate
(The link above includes links to the downloadable versions of this resource in both English and Spanish)
Table Talk: a conversation guide for families, parents and caregivers:
Hate Symbols (seems to be more for middle school age, but the 5th graders may understand it)
General Resources/ Tools/ Strategies for bullying prevention
Talking to Young Children about Bias & Prejudice
Helping Students Make Sense of News Stories about Bias and Injustice
Discussing Hate and Violence with Children (in English & Spanish)
LESSON PLAN for all grade levels:
Responding to Hate and Violence