Legislation Impacting Classrooms

By Michele Justus-Hobbs & Vivett Dukes

#SafeSpaceConvos is a Twitter chat led and hosted by teacher Vivett Dukes on alternating Mondays at 8:30pm ET. In a forum that encourages honest dialogue and connection, we come together to learn, grow, and co-construct solutions to pressing problems for students.

On January 21, 2019, we were pleased to have Michele Justus-Hobbs join as co-host. Michele is a proud graduate of Purdue University’s School of Education, and an 18-year veteran elementary educator. She is a champion of advocacy work empowering not only her colleagues but her students as well. Michele models service learning through classroom and community projects with her students, as well as sponsorship of a school-wide Kindness Club. Passionate about inclusivity and equity, she serves as a founding member of her building- and district-level Equity and Diversity Teams, and actively supports her husband, a United Methodist pastor as part of the Noblesville Diversity Coalition.


Chat Highlights

Q1: How have local, state, and/or federal legislation and policy decisions impacted your work in the classroom? What has been the most impactful decision recently?


Q2: How might educators advocate to address laws and policies that negatively impact their students, parents, communities, and themselves as professionals?


Q3: How do government decisions, such as public school funding structures for example, affect our most marginalized students and communities? What can we do to combat this?


Q4: What are some positive ways that you have seen lawmakers work to support public education?


Be bold. Be authentic. Join #SafeSpaceConvos

You’re invited to join the next chat on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 8:30pm ET. You can also read through these archived chats for insights and resources from your peers.