How can we show disenfranchised, black students that they matter when everything else is telling...By Dena Simmons

Family, I wrote a piece for The Hechinger Report today. Some words from the article: "We need to be vigilant about our bias against black people and, black people, we need to love ourselves unapologetically so we model how others should love us." Dena Simmons is an educator, activist, and scholar. She currently serves as the Director of Education at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. The Center, along with conducting cutting-edge research about emotions and emotional intelligence, works with schools throughout the nation and world by supporting educators to be more emotionally intelligent. Parts of this piece were originally published in a Middlebury Magazine article.

As an educator and as a black woman from the Bronx, I do not know how to begin to process the…