- Be aware of words that enter our common vocabulary that damage our efforts to build racially just schools.
- Racially coded language can devalue students and their families and make them appear like others or outsiders.
- Examples include even when we try to build empathy by saying just how "tough" things are for "those kids."
- Other examples include referring to students as "ghetto" or to their parents as "tiger moms" or saying "if only the parents cared about their kids education."
- Think about your word choice.
- Avoid treating the students as inspiration or poverty porn when talking to people. While some argue that this is to help people empathize, it’s rarely done in a humanizing way.
- Work to build relationships and community partnerships in the areas where you teach.
- This will help you get to know the students and their families better and more holistically, which will allow you to understand their lives and communities more wholly.