This week I had the privilege of attending the forum, The Divided States of America. Before my arrival I did not really know what to expect or how discussions would take place, especially with a topic that can get sensitive very quickly. However, I quickly learned that even though we would be discussing a sensitive topic, that the room was a safe space where we were all willing to listen to everyone’s opinion, whether we agreed with each other or not. While I learned a lot about different perspectives, I was reminded that I want to create a classroom environment that mimics this type of safe space. As a teacher, we have the opportunity to foster a classroom environment in which students feel safe to be themselves and to speak what they believe. I believe that one way we can teach social justice is through modeling what it looks like to engage in civil discussion and understanding. Classrooms are mini communities that have citizens (students/teacher) and laws (class rules/procedures). We as teachers help model how to respond to actions or comments that we do agree with, which can be translated outside of the classroom and into the larger community. We cannot achieve social justice if we are not willing to listen to each other. Change cannot occur if we do not have open ears. As a teacher I want to model to my students how to listen to others and teach my students how to have open ears to all. All we have to do is listen to each other, no said we have to agree, but we have to listen and try to understand where others are coming from. When we start doing this, social justice occurs.