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D.C. Area Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools | Washington, District of Columbia | Monday, 05. February 2018

We invite you to endorse and participate in the D.C. Area Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools from February 5-9 to bring social justice issues into the classroom and empower students of color across the D.C. area. Sign up, download resources, and more:

Teaching for Change, Center for Inspired Teaching, Washington Teachers' Union, D.C. area educators, as well as community members are collaborating on D.C. Area Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools. This week of action builds on the momentum of the The National Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Our Schools campaign taking place in cities across the U.S. to promote a set of local and national demands focused on improving the school experience for students of color.

In these times of emboldened racism and xenophobia, we must listen to and elevate the voices, experiences, and history of our fellow citizens and communities under attack. The thirteen guiding principles of the Black Lives Matter movement will be highlighted during this week of action as a means of challenging the insidious legacy of institutionalized racism and oppression that has plagued the United States since its founding. The Black Lives Matter movement is a powerful, non-violent peace movement that systematically examines injustices that exist in the intersections of race, class, and gender; including mass incarceration, poverty, non-affordable housing, income disparity, homophobia, unfair immigration laws, gender inequality, and poor access to healthcare.

Each day will explore two to three of the Black Lives Matter movement thirteen guiding principles. In school, teachers across the district will implement Black Lives Matter Week of Action curriculum designed for pre-K through 12th grade classrooms. In the evening, there will be events for educators, students, stakeholders, and community members to actively engage in the movement.

The goal of the Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools is to spark an ongoing movement of critical reflection and honest conversations in school communities for people of all ages to engage with critical issues of social justice. It is our duty as educators and community members to civically engage students and build their empathy, collaboration, and agency so they are able to thrive. Students must learn to examine, address, and grapple with issues of racism and discrimination that persist in their lives and communities.

If you are interested in obtaining curricular resources, learning about the events and or exploring the different ways you can get involved visit
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  • Can't wait to see everyone at Wilson HS tonight for Love Poems to Black Women: An Open Mic Night to celebrate #DCschoolsBLM!
  • Tonight (2/7) from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, join author @HankinsLatoya for a Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools twitter chat. #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool #MoonlightInSchools #DCschoolsBLM
  • Students at The Inspired Teaching Demonstration School created a beautiful Black Lives Matter sign on day two of #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool.
  • Day 1 of #BlackLivesMatteratSchool Week of Action got off to a powerful start. Check out the blog below. We'll be adding more images and stories for Day 1 and every day this week.
  • this needs to happen for 1968!
  • so glad to see that TFC & CIT are doing this! i have been reading that activists/historians were @dcps in 1968. glad to see that this tradition is continuing.
  • Hi, I am a reporter with The Afro-American Newspaper here in Washington, D.C. I would like to get in contact with organizers of this initiative for a news story. Looking forward to hearing from someone soon. Thanks!
  • Students at The Inspired Teaching Demonstration School engage in #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool.
  • Check out the books that will be delivered to classrooms this week thanks to generous donations by the Washington Teachers' Union, St. Martin's Press, and individuals. We're excited to share books by Patrisse Cullors, Author Zetta Elliott, Paula Young Shelton, and Gretchen Woelfle. (D.C. area teachers: find the form on the link below to request a book.)
  • #blacklivesmatter
  • On Saturday (1/27) morning, around 25 educators from across the city participated in the D.C. Area Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools Curriculum Share at Trinity Washington University. Educators left with lessons, free books (thanks to individual donations), and ideas that can be used for instruction during the week of action. If you were not able to attend the curriculum share there is still an opportunity for you to receive a free book (thanks to the generosity of individual donors and St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books)! All you need to do, during the BLM Week of Action in Schools (Feb. 5-10th), is share your story about using a BLM lesson. BLM Lessons: https://www.dcareaeducators4socialjustice.org/black-lives-matter-resources Share your story here: https://www.dcareaeducators4socialjustice.org/black-lives-matter-week-of-action-report-back
  • Update: #MoonlightInSchools twitter chat will now be facilitated by author @HankinsLatoya for #DCschoolsBLM Week of Action in Schools. https://www.dcareaeducators4socialjustice.org/events/moonlightinschools
  • On Wednesday (1/24) night, around 20 educators from across the city participated in the D.C. Area Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools Curriculum Share at the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School. Educators left with lessons, free books, and ideas that can be used for instruction during the week of action. We are having ANOTHER D.C. Area BLM Week of Action in Schools Curriculum Share TOMORROW (1/27) from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm in the Payden Academic Center at Trinity Washington University (125 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20017). Come get lessons and instructional resources you can use to teach during the week of action!
  • NEW THIS YEAR! WE WANT YOU TO RESPOND TO OUR NATIONWIDE CHALLENGE QUESTION! PLEASE SHARE!
  • Teaching for Change can offer a VERY LIMITED number of workshops during the Black Lives Matter Week of Acton in Schools February 5-10, 2018. (http://www.teachingforchange.org/black-lives-matter-week-action). 1) Teaching for Change can send someone to teach our new lesson, Black Muslims in the United States: An Introductory Activity for grades 7-12. (http://www.teachingforchange.org/black-muslims) 2) Filmmakers Howard University professor Kmt Schokely and colleague Kofi LeNilescan come to speak about the Palenque Maroon community (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8kCFufNPtQ) and other Maroon communities. Maroons are people of African descent who escaped enslavement and created free societies. SIGN UP: https://goo.gl/forms/ddjlet6SVYKrmTJu1
  • Beautiful graphic designed by Caryn Davidson for The National Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Our Schools. Feel free to use it as a Cover Photo! Make sure to link people to our page for more resources.
  • Beautiful graphic designed by Caryn Davidson for The National Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Our Schools. Feel free to use it as a Cover Photo! Make sure to link people to our page for more resources.