Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning talks with TT about the movement to end child detention, the upcoming Teach-In for Freedom and a Call to Action she hopes all educators will hear.
Mandy Manning is the 2018 National Teacher of the Year and the lead organizer of Teachers Against Child Detention (TACD), an alliance between educators and immigrant rights advocates. TACD is calling upon educators to demand that the U.S. government end the detention and criminalization of immigrant children and their families.
Guided by the belief that all children deserve to be free and in school, the alliance is inviting educators across the country to becomes advocates for immigrant children.
Manning spoke to Teaching Tolerance Teaching and Learning Specialist Stef Bernal-Martinez about why she hopes a critical mass of teachers will choose to participate in one of two ways: 1) attending the Teach-In for Freedom, scheduled for February 17 in El Paso, Texas; or 2) responding to the Call to Action by teaching a lesson in their classroom, hosting a book and letter drive in their school and making a video of support. (See this article for more information and to see sample learning plans designed for the Call to Action.)