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Reader feedback invited: Teaching about Ferguson in Philadelphia

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

Many Philadelphia students have yesterday’s news on their minds today — of the non-indictment in last summer’s police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. And some teachers and schools have changed their plans for the day to give students an opportunity to respond.

The Notebook would like to hear from teachers, parents, and others about how you are engaging with young people about that news. Please share your experiences and thoughts in our comments.

For ideas about how to address these events in the classroom, there is an active discussion on Twitter at #FergusonSyllabus. Georgetown University professor Marcia Chatelain, who got that hashtag started, has shared her ideas here on how to teach about this story.

Some other places to go online for ideas about talking with students about Ferguson include Teaching for Change, Facing History and Ourselves, the New York Times, The Atlantic, and Teaching Tolerance. Some of these resources were developed after Michael Brown was killed in August.

Some teachers have suggested that classrooms can see the documentary evidence from the grand jury, provided here by the Associated Press.

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