One of the most effective ways to cultivate skills such as empathy, problem solving, and emotion management is to help students productively struggle through an examination of the real and complex subjects that have and continue to face the world. Conversations on topics like racism, genocide, school shootings, and other forms of violence are not easy; however, honest dialogue can lead to increased understanding and compassion for the human experience.

As a former high school teacher now working with Echoes & Reflections, an organization that helps middle and high school educators build their confidence and capacity to teach...

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  • About the Author:

    Melissa Mott is the deputy project director at Echoes & Reflections. As a member of Teach For America Corps in Newark, New Jersey, Mott taught high school English. As a Fulbright Scholar in Poland, she taught English at The University of Warsaw while studying genocide education and human rights.