February is Black history month! Please check out the incredible classroom resources listed below.
The BTU took part in the National Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Our Schools from February 4-8. Check out the hashtag #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool for inspiration! See the Boston Black Lives Matter at School flyer. The national demands of the Black Lives Matter at School national movement are:
- End Zero Tolerance
- Hire Black Teachers
- Mandate Black History and Ethnic Studies
- Fund Counselors, Not Cops
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.
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.
Black Lives Matter At School is excited to announce our new, free, downloadable coloring book for young children and all those young at heart. Download the coloring book. This coloring book is designed to help teachers, students, parents and community members in their conversations about race and the core values of Black Lives Matter. This book was created as part of the Black Lives Matter At School movement by educators to bring these ideas to the classroom in an age appropriate way to young children. This book allows kids to colorfully and creatively relate the 13 principles of Black Lives Matter to their own lives and is an excellent classroom activity for our week of action, from February 4-8, 2019. So sharpen that crayon–and your mind–and make BLM@School week beautiful!
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.
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.