After the horrific events in Orlando, there are few words that come to mind that can alleviate our collective suffering and grief. We can only express our support, solidarity, and love for all those affected by Sunday’s events.
Though we don’t have words to adequately express our shock and grief, we can still take action: through collaborative efforts like the #PulseOrlandoSyllabus, through our educational efforts generally, and by giving our young people — this school year and next — the opportunity to voice their own thoughts, concerns, and reactions in the aftermath of such a tragedy. Teaching Channel has partnered with other organizations in an effort called Letters To the Next President, which provides a space where young people can exercise their right to speak out about the issues that matter to them, such as gun violence, immigration, and intolerance.
We do believe that our teachers in times like this, as author Helen Caldecott has famously stated, “are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.”
We’re hopeful that, together, we can create a nation that embraces all, celebrates diversity, and stands in solidarity.
Catherine White Guimaraes is an Engagement Manager at Teaching Channel. Prior to her work with Tch, she led a team in designing online learning courses, served as an assistant principal at a middle school, led educators across New York City in the transition to the Common Core, and taught in middle schools in Boston and Washington, D.C. You can connect with Catherine on LinkedIn.