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Black Lives Matter at School Week

Get ready for Black Lives Matter (BLM) at School Week, Feb. 4–8, 2019. The week of action is organized by a national committee of educators who advocate for racial justice in education. BLM at School Week began during the 2017– 2018 school year, when thousands of educators wore Black Lives Matter shirts to school and taught lessons about structural racism, intersectional black identities, black history, and anti-racist movements during the first week of February. BLM at School Week demands the following actions:

1. End zero-tolerance policies and replace them with restorative practices.

2. Hire and mentor black educators.

3. Mandate that ethnic studies be taught in Pre-K–12 schools in age-appropriate ways.Lessons that educators teach during the week of action correspond to the 13 guiding principles of Black Lives Matter:

Monday:
Restorative Justice, Empathy and Loving Engagement

Tuesday:
Diversity and Globalism

Wednesday:
Trans-Affirming, Queer Affirming and Collective Value

Thursday:
Intergenerational, Black Families and Black Villages

Friday:
Black Women and Unapologetically Black

For details on how to join the actions, lesson plans and resources see blacklivesmatteratschool.com and neaedjustice.org/ black-lives-matter-school. #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool.

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