Over the past several years, we have seen “culture wars'' being brought to our schools through the banning of books; censoring of educators; attacks on LGBTQ+ students; and villainization of equity and inclusion advocates. We understand that today’s “culture wars'' are a continuation of a multi-decade strategy by extremists to divide our communities and dismantle public goods that we all share, like public education.

More than just a movement

Initially borne from the attacks on Critical Race Theory (CRT), HEAL (Honest Education Action & Leadership) Together is a movement of students, parents, educators, and school board members in school districts across the United States who believe that an honest, equitable, and fully funded public education is the foundation for a just, multiracial democracy.

HEAL Together provides tools and resources for people to advocate for the public schools our children deserve—schools that reflect the best of who we are and who we can be.

our children are free to be who they are and free to learn the truth of our history so that together, they can shape a better future.
More than just a movement child
HEAL Together is a national partnership anchored at Race Forward. Our national partners are:
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Join the HEAL.....

Join the HEAL Together movement of  students, parents, educators, and people committed to strong schools and a multiracial democracy. 

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Organizing Your Community 

This evolving toolkit contains background information on the current state of where we are; steps to help you build a campaign in your school and community;researched and tested messaging guidance to help you talk about these issues; and resources to help you take action, including templates, worksheets, and more

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Equity Policy Toolkit for School Boards

This toolkit for school board members and district leaders provides examples of equity-based policies that have been implemented in school districts around the country and model language that can be used in policymaking. 

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The H.E.A.L. Together Training Series contributes to the development of strong and equitable public schools. Open to students, parents, teachers, and community members, the public training series covers organizing strategies, cultural inclusivity in curriculums, budgeting and policymaking for equity, and the power of community schools.