National Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action February 4-8
Next week is the National Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action!
Educators across the country will engage students in lessons about structural racism, intersectional Black identities, Black history, and anti-racist movements.
Teaching for Change and the National Black Lives Matter Week of Action group have compiled lessons, book lists, and other resources for teaching about each of the 13 principles of the Black Lives Matter Movement in early childhood through high school, as well as bilingual/multilingual resources.
Schools show that Black Lives Matter when they…
The 2019 Black Lives Matter Week of Action Challenge asks students to identify in their own creative way how their schools demonstrate that Black Lives Matter, or how the school can improve the way that Black Lives Matter within and outside of its walls. Youth are encouraged to respond in creative ways, including:
- Create a short (under 3 minute) video
- Create a visual image or poster
- Write an essay, poem, chant, song, or rap
The national Black Lives Matter team is accepting submissions through February 18, 2019. Submit projects at bit.ly/blmweeksubmit.
13 Guiding Principles
Organizers have assigned the themes to specific days during the week of action based on the Black Lives Matter movement’s 13 guiding principles:
Monday: restorative justice, empathy, loving engagement
Tuesday: diversity, globalism
Wednesday*: collective value, transgender and queer affirming
Thursday: intergenerational, Black families, Black villages
Friday: Black women, unapologetically Black
*Wear your Black Lives Matter at School t-shirt!
Teaching for Change’s D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice has hosted several events to help teachers prepare for the week of action.
Black Lives Matter at School Curriculum Fair
On January 22, more than 140 educators and teacher ed students from the metro D.C. area came together for a D.C. Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action Curriculum Fair at Howard University. The fair was co-hosted by the Howard University School of Education. Teachers browsed books and lessons related to the BLM at School Week of Action, participated in mini-workshops and table discussions, participated in freedom songs and liberation chants, and received a free book for use in their classroom. Read more.
Exploring Race, Representation and History in Children’s Literature
Teaching for Change and Project Unlearn co-hosted two sessions for D.C. area early childhood teachers in January to prepare for the 2019 Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action. A total of ninety teachers participated in the two sessions to explore and discuss how to address issues of race, representation, and history in developmentally appropriate ways. Read more
Donate to Support the Week of Action
$1,000 buys copies of Teaching for Black Lives for 50 D.C. area schools
$500 supports a curriculum fair for D.C. area teachers
$350 brings a go-go musician to a D.C. area school
$50 purchases 5 books to be distributed to D.C. area elementary schools