Post-Election Letter from Superintendent Tommy Chang
November 9, 2016
Dear Boston Public Schools Family,
Our country is experiencing historic change today. There will be much conversation around the results of yesterday’s presidential election. Many of our students and fellow educators are still processing the outcome. It is important today to be strong for our students and each other. We honor our democratic values and traditions and we will carry on with our mission to educate, support and prepare our students for success.
The coming days and weeks may be challenging for many, and celebratory for others. As educators, we should use this opportunity as a teachable moment to have conversations with our students about the democratic process, how we can resolve differences and conflicts, and how we can address diverse and sometimes conflicting ideology. We need to remember our Culture of We as we continue our vital work. We must ensure that our students feel safe by providing safe and respectful learning communities.
We are fortunate to live in a democracy where we can hold these conversations even if we disagree with the outcome. We as adults need to monitor our behaviors; we want to demonstrate compassion, empathy, and support for students and colleagues.