Announcing The 2018 “Black Education Matters Student Activist Award” Winners

This year's Black Education Matters Student Activist Award winners have received their prizes! Starting an award for young racial justice activists has been one of the best things I have ever done. Getting to give each young changemaker $1,000, public recognition, networking with their peers, and the opportunity to collaborate with four time NFL Pro …

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Teaching for Black Lives book release: “Required reading for all who care about the future of Black youth.”

Order Teaching for Black Lives, edited by Dyan Watson, Jesse Hagopian, and Wayne Au Teaching for Black Lives is officially released today by Rethinking Schools and I couldn’t be more hopeful for it’s impact on schools around the country. I have spent the past many months in collaboration with two other leading anti-racist educators, Professor …

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Turning Pain Into Power: 2017 Black Education Matters Student Activist Award winners

It was one of the most triumphant days of my life. Thursday, June 15th was a day when I took the most painful moment in my life and used it to produce one of the most joyous days of my life. This was the day I had the honor to present the Black Education Matters …

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Ethnic Studies Now!: Seattle students ask, “Why aren’t we learning this in school?”

By Jesse Hagopian First published by The Progressive magazine. From disproportionate discipline rates to its hyper-segregated schools, Seattle is a tough place to be for students of color. The city has an alarming pattern of segregation both between and within schools, and when the district was investigated by the Department of Education, it was found …

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Philly Educators Launch Black Lives Matter At School Week

Philly Educators Launch Black Lives Matter At School Week Today, educators in Philadelphia are launching the Black Lives Matter week of action, continuing to build the Black Lives Matter At School movement that has now reached school districts across the country. During this week-long campaign, teachers will dedicate more instructional time to issues of racial …

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