Engaging Students in Conversations About the Capitol Building Invasion, Riots and the Election
As the nation continues to reflect on and discuss the invasion at the U.S. Capitol building and ongoing threats of violence as we approach Inauguration Day, MCPS remains steadfast in its commitment to teach students about and modeling civility and respect for our democracy.
Schools are providing ongoing support for students as well as an opportunity for students to learn and have conversations about the election process, inauguration, race and other challenging global and national issues. School leaders have been provided a variety of resources to assist teachers, support staff, and administrators as they engage in these conversations and/or address questions from students. Some of the resources speak specifically to the unfolding news surrounding the transfer of power following the riots at the Capitol on January 6. Others provide historical context and background about the significance and meaning of inauguration. Teachers will use their professional judgement to identify age-appropriate resources to use with students.
Parents are also encouraged to talk with their children about these issues and can find some helpful tips in the following resources:
Discovery Education. Inauguration Day resources for 6-8 grade and 9-12 grade students, including historic images, inaugural speeches and current political events. Some topics:
- Video: Inauguration Day: The Peaceful Transfer of Power (1:08)
- The Inauguration Infographic
- Images of past presidential inaugurations
- Video: Holidays and Special Days: Inauguration Day (8:06, can be viewed as 4 brief segments)
- Video: The News: Historical Inaugural Perspectives (5:36)
Our White House: Presidential Inauguration Celebration Kit. Explore this site for a variety of activities and readings on topics about the Oath of Office, why January 20, inaugural parades and others.
The Wednesday schedule for secondary students will be adjusted to provide an opportunity for students to learn and witness the democratic process in real time. Schools will share information about the schedule adjustments directly with families.