You Are Seen and Supported

  • : ASPDP
  • : 23 Mar 2021

By now, you have learned about the recent shootings in Atlanta that resulted in the murders of eight people, six of whom were Asian women. Though anti-Asian violence has always been present in our society, it has increased over the last year during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ASPDP Team stand against all types of hate and violence, including anti-Asian and misogynistic violence, and stands with all our educators who are members of the Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities

This week officially marks one full year since the pandemic has reset our lives; while the work of anti-racism, equity and inclusion, and the need for culturally responsive-sustaining pedagogy and practices has always been crucial, it is even now more IMPERATIVE. We don’t need to see or hear of the deaths of any more members of marginalized groups to emphasize the importance of this work, especially at the level of professional development for K-12 educators. This work is not simply for our students; it is for US. This work must show up in our daily conversations in addition to our classrooms. None of us will be free until we are all free and able to enjoy that freedom.   

Here is what members of the Office of Teacher Development (of which ASPDP is a part) are committing to: 

  • Getting proximate to and holding space with colleagues within the AAPI community to honor their stories, process such events, and follow their call to action 
  • Examining the dynamics that contribute to racial discrimination and violence in ourselves, our office, and society 
  • Sharing resources and creating space to learn more about and unpack the varied experiences of different people within the BIPOC community 
  • Developing professional learning that cultivates critically conscious thinking and decision-making for educational stakeholders within our sphere of influence 
Below, we’ve offered some resources and suggestions to support you and your communities in processing and taking action against all forms of bias, discrimination, and hate:


THIS is the work. We look forward to deepening our critical awareness and taking critical action alongside you. 


“In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.