The Western New York Network of English Teachers Position Statement on Teaching English for Social Justice

The Western New York Network of English Teachers (WNYNET) is committed to English teaching that focuses on social justice for all individuals. We especially understand the importance of such teaching to those among us who are oppressed, underrepresented, unvoiced, unseen. More so than any other classroom, the English Language Arts classroom provides a unique and safe space for students to explore critical, careful, dialogic inquiry into our world.

At every opportunity, WNYNET stands with teachers and students who seek a better understanding of the complex issues and constructs of societal injustice and who seek ways of identifying, codifying, and building a more just and equitable society. This type of teaching creates dynamic and engaging learning opportunities for young people, helping them become better readers, writers, and critical thinkers.

We support and praise educators who recognize the impact that race, citizenship status, economic class, gender, culture, sexuality, religious beliefs, and other aspects of identify have on their students and the learning that takes place in classrooms. As an organization we remain committed to supporting teachers as they work to create classrooms where this type of literacy work is conducted. Celebrating such efforts, supporting such classroom instruction, and standing with teachers and their students constitutes who we are and why we exist as an organization.

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