The Boston Teachers Union is taking part in the National Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Our Schools from February 5-9. Below are resources for the week which can be used throughout Black History Month. Follow and use the hashtag #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool for updates and inspiration!
There are three key demands issued by the Black Lives Matter at School national movement:
- End Zero Tolerance and implement Restorative Justice
- Hire more Black teachers in our schools
- Black History/Ethnic Studies mandated for K-12
The Black Lives Matter Week of Action curriculum committee/working groups have compiled learning resources on the Black Lives Matter movement and the 13 principles of Black Lives Matter – from all over the country. This evolving folder includes lessons created by educators in Seattle, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia (and includes curriculum from 2017).
Find all Black Lives Matter Week of Action resources in this Google Drive folder. If you are interested in contributing or have ideas about how to build this incredible resource, please email Chris Rogers.
Participate in the Black Lives Matter Week of Action Gallery! Read more. Join us in imagining the world and schools we want to see. Invite, share, and respond to the prompt:
“In a school where Black Lives Matter, we…”
Send your responses — whether images, words, video, audio, or something else — to firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be adding contributions to this publication. Please give your location and what age or grade is submitting to be shared along with the work.
Books Celebrating Black History from First Book Marketplace
First Book has compiled this collection of books for sale that celebrate Black history. The First Book Marketplace is an online resource available exclusively to schools and programs registered with First Book and serving children in need. They offer thousands of brand new resources at 50-90 percent off retail price for kids from birth to 18, including award-winning and culturally inclusive books, school supplies, e-devices, teacher resources, games and other educational products for program leaders and educators serving children in need.
In an effort to spark informed, city-wide conversations about Boston’s struggle to integrate Boston Public Schools and the resulting court-ordered desegregation effort commonly known as “busing” (1954-1988), area archives have made a treasure trove of primary sources freely and publicly available for research. See related materials from the Digital Public Library of America, and check out curricula on desegregation in Boston created by the Boston Public Schools.
This February, start your Black History Month lesson planning with Share My Lesson’s expanded collection. You’ll find lessons, worksheets and activities to teach your preK-12 students about key events and individuals whose accomplishments continue to influence us today. You’ll also get ideas and resources for integrating African American history and culture into all aspects of the yearlong curriculum including features for literature, history, biographies of notable Black Americans, film, music, art, migration/immigration, the struggle for civil rights both past and present, racism and current events.
These guides and workshops can provide structure for having a dialogue on issues of race, activities focused on helping achieve racial equity and trainings designed to raise awareness and inspire action. Using the filters below, you can view the guides and workshops based on areas of focus, related issues and/or types.
This well-organized compilation of resources includes links to suggested lessons, films, books, readings, and general teaching guides. Themes connecting to the 13 principles of the Movement for Black Lives or the demands for the week of action are listed in parentheses where appropriate.
Order your own shirt via Teespring with the BLM Week of Action logo designed by high school student Vy Duong. Sales will close around February 11.
This essay written in October of 1963 speaks to the need for teachers to be aware of who their students are. It’s a great starting point for all of us to think about how we view the children we teach and why Black Lives Matter. Article from Zinn Education Project.
Emily Chiariello writes how planning for Black History Month can be authentic without falling into the pitfalls of the “heroes and holidays.” Look for ways to involve the entire school community and teach about the history and experiences of African Americans across the curriculum and throughout the year.
Check out this compilation of resources around race and ethnicity from Teaching Tolerance: Cultivate positive identity formation, encourage students to confront racial and ethnic injustice, and prepare them to live and work together in a diverse world. Our resources can help you facilitate discussions about race and guide students through lessons on white privilege, economic inequality, mass incarceration, the complexities of identity and more. See all Teaching Tolerance Classroom Resources.
The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. Based on the lens of history highlighted in Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States, the website offers free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level. The Zinn Education Project is coordinated by two non-profit organizations, Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change. Explore their teaching materials by theme, including African American, Civil Rights Movements, Organizing, and Racism & Racial Identity, among many others.
A guide to themes that can be addressed within a Black Lives matter curriculum from police brutality to the history of racism to international human rights and more.
A guide developed by the National Council of Teachers of English to design and implement a read in focusing on issues that speak to Black Lives Matter
The Black Lives Matter 13 Guiding Principles are a great place to start when developing curriculum or lessons to help students to learn that Black Lives Matter is a worldview that can be embraced by all.
Teen Vogue features 10 high-quality young adult novels that will pique students’ interest in reading.
This Google Drive collection of resources includes readings and a dialogue document for further sharing and connection.
Philadelphia teacher Clarice Brazas writes about the transformation of her views on no longer ignoring race and its political implications in her classroom. She also includes links to resources.