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Meet racist incidents head-on with a crisis plan

By Angela Ward
October 2021
When a racist incident occurred at one of the schools in my district, the community was unprepared to deal with the ensuing crisis. School leaders had a crisis intervention plan at their disposal, which worked well when a student attempted suicide or a member of the community died, yet no one considered it as a tool to intervene in this situation. As an antiracist leader, I’ve always strived to make connections and not give people one more thing to add to their plate, so I set out to make the connection to the crisis plan explicit. Immediately, I recognized that there was a breakdown in communication and a lack of processes and protocols. The strife and stress among the students, teachers, families, and community members

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Angela M. Ward (angela@2wardequity.com) is founder and CEO of 2Ward Equity and a columnist for The Learning Professional.


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