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 Election Resources to Support School Communities

Whether at a distance or in-person, educators across San Diego County are focused on making classrooms a safe place for children to discuss the issues that affect them.

The coming presidential election could evoke high levels of emotion from students and create extreme discord in class. 

To help teachers, counselors, and administrators develop an environment that supports civil discourse and supports a positive climate, SDCOE teams put together election resources

These curated resources and information were developed to assist school communities in navigating the 2020 election landscape with purpose and intentionality.

In addition to guiding questions, considerations, and suggested actions, SDCOE's Equity team has developed a three-part, post-election learning series: Electing to Move Forward. The series is designed to help district and school leaders and staff members to uphold a culture of safety and respect for diverse perspectives, to support student learning following Election Day. 

The sessions focus on creating space for healing dialogue and social and emotional learning supports for adults and students.

As we move through this unique, challenging year, and through the election, teachers, administrators, and staff and community members will need to be prepared to address a range of responses to the results.

Some actions you can take:

  • Hold space for healing dialogue
  • Affirm your school's values
  • Set a respectful tone and dialogue in your classroom expectations and practices 
  • Share resources with staff and families
  • Set expectations about inclusion and respect

Access the 2020 election resources and get the link to register for Electing to Move Forward.