“To create an atmosphere that is safe for marginalized students, you elevate them as heroes and leaders in the classroom. You clearly and explicitly name their value and contributions in a way that does not commodify or tokenize their worth,” says 2nd grade teacher Derrick from Black and Bright in 2nd. In this post, he shares his ideas and personal experience with building inclusive classrooms

As we celebrate Pride this June, we’re reminded that, at its core, Pride is rooted in protest against oppression and the unwavering push for social change. Educators have an important role to play in having essential conversations with students around identity, racism, social justice and inclusivity. To help with this important work, we asked LGBTQ+ Teacher-Authors: “How can educators create inclusive classrooms where students can feel supported?” Read what they had to say.