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Observing 9/11 with Compassion

As Sept. 11 nears, many schools and educators may be looking for ways to acknowledge or observe the day. We have compiled some tips on teaching about 9/11 to help teachers, parents, and students who may struggle processing this event. 

Learn how to create a safe classroom space, use appropriate terminology, and describe the many faces of terrorism. 

“All students deserve classrooms where they feel seen, heard, and welcomed ––  and our students have specifically asked for this,” said Julie Goldman, director of Equity Curriculum and Instruction for the San Diego County Office of Education. “This important anniversary is an opportunity to talk about cultural understanding and address harmful stereotypes in a meaningful way. We worked closely with the Muslim community to curate these resources.”

In addition, we have resources for supporting Muslim students, which includes book recommendations by grade level as well as ways to combat Islamophobia and anti-Muslim bias.


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