Member Stories

#tellEWA Member Stories (April 29-May 5)
Here's what we're reading by EWA members this week:

“Books that highlight our differences and teach others to respect diversity are crucial.” Concerned by book censorship, a growing number of students began fighting for the right to read, such as students who created a “Banned Book Club” and those who sued their school districts. The Washington Post’s Hannah Natanson details how challenges to books – mostly on Black characters and LGBTQ topics – have affected students.

“We can not leave it standing any longer.” Some northeast Wisconsin residents say a statue standing in front of a local high school resembles a KKK member rather than the historical image school leaders intended, but others disagree. Students asked the school board to remove the statue, questioning its appropriateness and expressing hopes to make the school more welcoming and inclusive, AnnMarie Hilton details for the Post Crescent.

 

“Restricting abortion access in a country that already limits young people’s resources for learning about sexual health is ‘a horrifying picture.’” Half of the 26 states that are expected to ban abortion, if the Supreme Court strikes down Roe v. Wade, don’t mandate sex education. The 74’s Asher Lehrer-Small examines the data and explains what could result from the court’s decision.  

The nation’s estimated 143,000 school social workers are on the front lines when it comes to helping students with mental health, yet some school districts are cutting social workers from their ranks. The Hechinger Report’s Peggy Barmore profiled a diversion social worker in a New York school district that is ramping up social work services to help students in need, especially those whose misbehavior is tied to pandemic-related trauma.  

“Instead of shipping us off to [another school], help us keep this school open.” Families expressed concern and disdain about the proposed closure of a southeast Atlanta school during a board meeting. Education officials plan to temporarily rezone some students to a school on the city’s southwest side, Sydney Sims reports for Capital B Atlanta.

Teachers Kalyn Belsha interviewed for Chalkbeat are focused on boosting English-language learners’ speaking skills after challenges experienced during a year of remote learning. These Illinois educators are using new tactics, such as giving students more preparation time, coaching, building students’ confidence and rearranging classroom furniture for learning activities.  

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