"I often feel I am trapped inside someone' else's imagination, and I must engage my own imagination in order to break free.”   
-Adrienne Maree Brown

WHAT IS DRAWING THE LINE?

drawingtheline.org was designed to encourage a shift in collective consciousness about how educators, learners, and communities think about American public education. It is a way for us to begin talking openly about where it has and can cause harm while advocating that our voices be centralized in the plans to move it forward. 

 

The virtual demonstration and map were developed to give supporters and other education activists a way to join others in solidarity, as well as learn how others are Drawing the Line across the nation.
 

This website also offers tools for you and/or your organization to amplify your work through connecting to resources and design strategies for organization and mobilization 

Below you will find information about our foundations and how to begin and continue

DRAWING THE LINE

FOUNDATIONS FOR DRAWING THE LINE RESPONSIBLY

The following concepts are the tenets from which Drawing the Line were founded.
Click on each to learn more about how we support efforts aligned with each foundation. 


These foundations have been democratically developed and continue to be open to reiteration to meet the needs of the mo(ve)ment. Please do not hesitate to contact us at wearedrawingtheline@gmail.com to offer feedback.

Organizations who are connected with drawingtheline.org are aligned with these tenets.

All learning, sharing, and co-creating experiences must ensure our dignity, and it starts with us.

Here is how you and your organization can begin Drawing the Line:

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DISCOVER

the places where our public education system causes harm to educators, learners, and communities. 

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RECOGNIZE

when boundaries are being violated, even by experiences that we have always accepted as normal.

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DESCRIBE

the harm that is experienced or observed. Discuss, write, or document what happened and the impact it caused.

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CHALLENGE

the individual(s) or practice(s) that are causing the harm. Explain the impact, express your needs, and offer solutions for healing and transformation.

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REFUSE

to allow the harm to occur. Take action steps so that you are no longer experiencing or participating in harmful practices.

All learning, sharing, and co-creating experiences must be elevating and liberating, and it starts with us.

Here is how you and your organization can continue Drawing the Line:

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ALLOW

ourselves to dream freely about what an equitable, liberating, and abundant education could look and feel like.

SHARE

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your ideas with your fellow educators, students, community partners, leaders, and elected officials.

ENCOURAGE

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others to exercise their imaginations and share their ideas for a more abundant education.

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ENGAGE

in local/regional/national organizations or efforts to bring these dreams to life through advocacy and activism.

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REPEAT

this process continually to push education to be what is needed in the moment and in our future.

WHERE DID DRAWING THE LINE COME FROM?

 

Drawing the Line is a grassroots effort that emerged from the work of the TeachUp community. TeachUp is a virtual community for educators seeking resources for self-empowerment and effective advocacy with members from around the United States, Canada, and more.

 

This website has no sponsorship or funding, and is done through the volunteer efforts of educators, learners, and community partners.

This website was built to support and showcase individuals and organizations who are Drawing the Line

MORE WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

Lead
THE LINE
locally

Find others who
ARE
organizing and

Tell everyone where
YOU
are drawing the line

creating resources