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  • Education is key to deconstruct racial narrativesEducate
  • Use multiple and diverse examples 
  • Establish ground rules for interaction
  • Examine your assumptions
  • Create an inclusive work environment/classroom
  • Ensure a complete, whole narrative that conveys the experiences of all – not just the majority 
  • Model inclusive language
    • Practice and use correct pronouns
    • Take correction with grace and humility
  • Learn and use students’ names and CORRECT pronunciation (practice), perhaps learn the story behind their name
  • Examine your curriculum for multiple perspectives, full narrative, diverse, and real cases
  • Set fairness as intentional goal
  • Be mindful of low ability cues (e.g., “Sure, I’ll be happy to help you with this. I know girls have trouble with math”)
  • Provide accommodations for students with disabilities
  • Don’t ask people to speak for/represent an entire group
  • Don’t speak for a group you do not have expertise and/or experience in
  • Practice inclusive classroom behaviors
  • Meet people where they are, empathize and engage
  • Reflect on how invested you are in the wellbeing of the class/group the whole
  • Do not express, reinforce or police ‘the norm’  
  • Focus on connection, NOT difference

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Self-talk: Set or reset yourself

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  • I can be uncomfortable to make all students comfortable.
  • I want to be inclusive and have much to learn. 
  • Correction and error will help me get to my goal of inclusivity. 
  • This is not about me and my intent. 
  • Am I in a learning posture? Or defending something (what?)?