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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.
To support the work that OEA and NEA members do to educate and organize around racial justice in education, To support these important efforts, NEA’s Human & Civil Rights Department has developed a resource site: Black Lives Matter at School. Here you will find stories detailing how educators and students are organizing for racial justice, resources from locals, school districts, & partners, and art and videos for members and allies to use to educate, engage and take action for racial justice in education.
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. Find stories, resources and ideas highlighting Black Lives Matter at School from across the country here.
In addition to union-developed resources, grade-level appropriate lessons curated by educators and partners and stories highlighting member activism can also be found here. The art and multi-media resources on the page are essential components for awareness building, engagement, connection, and change for racial and social justice.
The site is dedicated to lifting stories and resources from educator activists working for social and racial justice.
Check out NEA’s cultivated list of resources to help facilitate conversations about race, including classroom appropriate lesson plans, guides on how to have tough conversations with peers and students, and more. A sampling of these include:
Guiding Principles for Black Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter: Resources for Curriculum, The Rochester Board of Education, Rochester Teachers Association and Association of Supervisors and Administrators of Rochester
Black Lives Matter School Resources by Grade Level, Teaching for Change
Creating the Space to Talk about Race in Your School (PDF), National Education Association
WHAT: If you're looking for fun, engaging science resources, you're bound to find some useful ones here. Choose from lesson plans, as well as games, films and clips, and other interesting multimedia, online courses, interactives, toolkits, and much more.
HOW: Find inspiration at https://www.calacademy.org/edu...
WHAT: A tool that allows you to create custom, single-sheet maps of any continent, country, or state. Labels can be added or removed to allow for knowledge testing, and maps can be emailed, printed, or shared on all major social media platforms. Requires Adobe Flash Player.
HOW: To use the tool, visit https://www.nationalgeographic...
WHAT: This article from the NEA website tells the story of one physics teacher who has been able to reach her students more effectively outside of school so that they can spend more class time putting their learning to practice. It also contains free tech resources to engage with students using various social media outlets so you can make your classroom more exciting and increase participation!
HOW: To learn more, visit http://www.nea.org/tools/53459...