As we consider how we can continue to reimagine our schools this year, let's pause and reflect upon this holiday which honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While we have been focusing our conversations on integrating some of the professional practice pathways into our instructional practices, it is important to not lose sight of our additional roles as educators. Today reminds us that we are also teaching our students how to be future citizens and part of that responsibility is to provide students with opportunities to practice citizenship, service, and character development.
Challenge: This week, integrate one of the following quotes into your work with students. Challenge them to dream big. Have them reflect on the quotes and how it relates to their own lives. Have them apply the quotes to current events today.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Strength to Love, 1963
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”
“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation -- either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.”