Jun 15, 2020 2020-06-15
As protests over George Floyd’s death continue across the country, Black Lives Matter (BLM) at School offers a new, free curriculum resource guide for K–12 teachers, covering racism, social justice, and diversity. The lessons, created by educators, are designed for students of all ages, from early childhood to high school. Elementary school activities, for example, include art projects that address racism. Middle school lessons cover the experiences of Black women and restorative justice. The high school resources address topics such as environmental justice and social justice in math, and include extensive social studies and history lessons. Some of the suggested resources are multilingual. The BLM website also provides links to several other organizations that offer resources for teaching about race and equity:
Plus: Black Lives Matter (BLM) at School is hosting its 2020 Student Creative Challenge. This year’s prompt is, What do the “mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors” look like when we create a world where Black Lives Matter at School? Taking inspiration from children’s literature scholar Rudine Sims Bishop, BLM is asking students to imagine interventions into the curriculum and school practices to further a world where Black lives and Black futures are valued and sustained. In a video on the challenge webpage, Rudine Sims Bishop explains the meaning of the phrase “mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors” as metaphors for how BLM sees the world. Students can submit their artwork today.