Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action, Feb. 3-7, is fast approaching! As racism and xenophobia become more prevalent and overt in our schools and communities, it is more important than ever to listen to and elevate the voices, experiences and history of our fellow citizens and communities under attack. The goal of Black Lives Matter at School is to spark an ongoing movement of critical reflection and honest conversation in school communities for people of all ages to engage with issues of racial justice.
Pledge to grow the movement for racial justice in education. Go to NEA EdJustice to sign the pledge, which reads:
As educators and allies, we will work to address the inequities that result from institutionally racist policies and practices in our schools and the communities in which our students live. We choose not to accept these conditions as they exist, but to accept the responsibility for changing them.
We pledge to take actions that will address access and opportunity for all students, by highlighting inequities and increasing awareness, organizing for change, and growing the movement.
By signing, you’ll also get access to lesson plans to use in your classroom, and the downloadable poster below.
Together, we can achieve the four key demands of the Black Lives Matter at School movement: end “zero tolerance” discipline and implement restorative justice practices, hire more black teachers, mandate black history and ethnic studies, and fund more counselors than police officers in school.