Educators want students to know…Black Lives Matter at School

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As NEA members and partners around the country continue to educate and organize around racial justice in education, NEA’s Human & Civil Rights Department has developed a new resource site, Black Lives Matter at School.

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On the site, you will find:

  • Stories highlighting NEA member voices from around the country.
  • Examples of educators, students and communities that have stood up and mobilized for racial justice in education.
  • Resources from NEA locals, school districts, and community partners.
  • Art and videos for members and allies to use in their own local efforts.

“I knew that simply teaching lessons inside the classroom was not enough to help students become what I know they could be,” says Jesse Hagopian, a teacher at Garfield High School in Seattle. He was one of more than 2,000 Seattle educators who wore Black Lives Matter shirts to school in October 2016. “I think if we educators really want to achieve the goal of supporting youth, we are going to have to figure out how to challenge structures of racism and inequality and work collectively towards that.”

The site features grade-level appropriate lessons curated by educators and partners. Art and multimedia resources on the page provides educators with key tools for awareness-building, engagement, and mobilization.

A “Standing Together” section linked off the new site details how cities like Milwaukee, Rochester, and Seattle have passed community and union resolutions — and then mobilized to support Black Lives Matter at School.

“I feel like we’re at the ground floor of a movement,” says Kevin Shindel, a teacher at Montgomery Blair High School in Maryland who helped concerned students form OneBlair — a student-led coalition dedicated to promoting racial dialogue and school unity. “We haven’t seen a massive cultural change yet,” says Shindel. “But I think it’s coming.”

NEA will be collecting additional stories and resources from activists to highlight in the coming weeks and months. Share your Black Lives Matter at School events, actions or resolutions with neaedjustice@nea.org.

Reader Comments

  1. I would love to see a variety of races represented in social justice movements. Non-whites are not only Blacks, and yet that’s the only race we hear about in the movement. Do they care about Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans? What about those groups’ roles in U.S. history? What about Europeans (e.g. German Americans) who were mistreated at one time?

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