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In recent times, there has been a growing trend by state lawmakers to propose and, in some cases, pass legislation that would censor K-12 classroom discussions. It is vital for the educator preparation community to support intellectual freedom as a core component of a democratic society and oppose the censorship of content and knowledge that would disallow educators to promote empathy and engage students in positive inquiry into social issues.
Workshop: Educators Addressing Censorship through Collective Action & MessagingConvening of educator preparation deans, faculty, & candidates, principals, and superintendents to More deeply understand the education censorship concerns from perspectives of both education preparation providers and K-12 school systems.
The State of Education Censorship in Institutions of Higher Ed and Implications for the FieldAACTE released this commissioned report in October 2022, a comprehensive overview of proposed an enacted censorship in education impacting educators, students, and training for the next generation of teachers.
Ed Censorship and the Role of Book-BanningExperts in Teacher Education & Library Sciences discuss the evolving crisis of book banning and strategies to ensure schools have access to diverse, affirming literature and curriculum.
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Anti-DEI Legislation on College Campuses - Chronicle of Higher Education is tracking legislation that would prohibit colleges from having DEI offices or staff; ban mandatory diversity training; prohibit diversity statements or considerations in admissions or employment.
Protecting Academic Freedom through Faculty Senate Resolution Campaigns This collection of resources can help faculty protect academic freedom and leverage collective action to address threats of censorship in colleges & universities.
Index of Educational Gag OrdersThis tracker from PEN differentiates educational gag orders by PK-12 institutions, higher education and their status in the legislative process.
Making the Case for Academic Freedom and Institutional Autonomy in a Challenging Political Environment A RESOURCE GUIDE FOR CAMPUS LEADERS provides tools for tackling proposed restrictions.
America’s Censored Classrooms | PEN AmericaThis report analyzes the landscape of educational gag orders as of August 2022.
Toolkit for Local Advocates: Teaching Diverse and Inclusive Curricula Materials and Defending Diversity, Equity, and InclusionThis is a collection of resources from organizations, including AACTE, that are a part of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ Education Task Force.