From Huffington Post: To Baltimore Teachers: Thank You
by Jennifer Green
Over the last two weeks, teachers in Baltimore have worked tirelessly to support their students, their schools and their community. I have two words for them: thank you.
Ashley Smith, a fourth grade teacher at Lakeland Elementary/Middle School in Southwest Baltimore, used her classroom as a safe harbor where her students could openly express their reactions to the Baltimore riots through their writing. "I knew the students would be coming into class... with a lot of questions about what had taken place," she told ABC News. Ashley relied on her skills as an educator to encourage an open, healthy dialogue among her students. She not only gave them a space to share their feelings by writing essays, but also established an open communication channel between peers. It was through this channel that her students' discussed the power of peaceful protests and the tragedies that often result from violent uprisings.