BLM & Teaching Tolerance
Black Lives Matter
Note two videos at the bottom of this column.
"Black Lives Matter at School." Black Lives Matter, 2020. "Black Lives Matter At School is a national coalition organizing for racial justice in education that encourage[s] all educators, students, parents, unions, and community organizations to join [their work]."
"Black Lives Matter at School: I Know My People Are Strong." YouTube, uploaded by School House Live, 2020. "...This short primer for the movement gets its subtitle from the words of high school student Israel Presley who says, 'All I ever see is us being slaves. Why don't you ever teach me about how we fought back, because I know my people are strong.'"
"Teaching Materials: Announcing the 2020 Curriculum Resource Guide." Black Lives Matter, 2020. The national Black Lives Matter At School coalition's Curriculum Committee worked this year to bring you lessons for every grade level the relate to the 13 principles of Black Lives Matter. Here is the 2020 Curriculum Resource Guide – free, downloadable lessons to challenge racism, oppression and build happy and healthy classrooms.
Zalaznick, Matt. "Black Lives Matter Offers Teachers a Free Social Justice Curriculum." District Administration, 3 June 2020. "Lessons, created by educators, are designed for students of all ages." Use this article to let your administration know these resources are available.
"Black Lives Matter at School: I Know My People Are Strong." YouTube, uploaded by School House Live, 2020.
Kwame Alexander hosts this #KidLit4BlackLives Rally of two hours and fifteen minutes. The first almost ninety minutes is for K-12 students; the rest is for their adults - parents, teachers, and librarians. Hear these powerful thoughts, poems and readings by important authors for youth.
The mission of Teaching Tolerance is to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy. Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school.
Topics included below:
Pitts, Jamilah. "Why Teaching Black Lives Matter Matters: Part I." Teaching Tolerance, June 2017. "All educators have the civic responsibility to learn and teach the basic history and tenets of this movement for racial justice."
Pitts, Jamilah. "Bringing Black Lives Matter into the Classroom: Part II." Tolerance.org, June 2017. "Educator Jamilah Pitts introduces ways to discuss Black Lives Matter across all grade levels."
"Civil Discourse in the Classroom." Tolerance.org.
Chapter 1: Civil Discourse In The Classroom And Beyond
Chapter 2: Building Blocks For Civil Discourse
Chapter 3: Talk It Over
Chapter 4: Teaching Controversy
Williams, Dana, and illustrator Vincent Nguyen. "Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent's Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice." PDF file. Organized by age: Preschool (ages 2-5), Elementary & Preteen (ages 6-12) and Teen (ages 13-17).
Schiro, Sarah. "Anti-Racist Education." Tolerance.org. "What actions can teachers take to counter white supremacy?" Grades 6-8.
"White Anti-Racist Biographies: Early Grades." Tolerance.org. Grade level K-2, 3-5. “For young white students, explorations of fair and unfair, just and unjust, can go a long way in advancing anti-racist white identity. Purposeful use of literature and basic study of white anti-racists are among the key ways educators can advance such aims.Teaching Tolerance presents four short biographies for early grades classrooms, with activity ideas.”
"Affirming Black Lives without Inducing Trauma." The Moment, Teaching Tolerance, 8 May 2020, "This week, we were disappointed to see wide circulation of the videos showing Ahmaud Arbery's and Sean Reed's shooting deaths. Educators have a responsibility to engage with students about this violence against Black men—and the white supremacist systems that allow it to continue. But they must do so
without re-traumatizing Black students and with extra care for their mental health. These resources can help."
Garayúa-Tudryn, Barbie. "Rights and Activism." Tolerance.org, "Help students understand the role of rights and resistance in shaping our history, and provide models of informed civic engagement. From women's suffrage to the civil rights movement to Standing Rock, our rights and activism resources can help inspire students to recognize and speak out against injustice."
Teaching Tolerance. Reading Diversity Toolkit. Offers Teacher Guides for a few books for various levels in K-12, as well as a free downloadable PDF guide to selecting appropriate diverse texts.
Melville, Kathleen. "Talking with Students about Ferguson and Racism." Tolerance.org, 1 Dec. 2014, "This teacher believes it's crucial for white teachers like her to seek out productive ways to talk about race and racism with students."
"Teaching about Race, Racism and Police Violence." Tolerance.org. "The[se] resources can help spur much-needed discussion around implicit bias and systemic racism, but they can also empower your students to enact the changes that will create a more just society."