Honoring Black Student Activists

By Cindy Long This article was originally published in the NEA Today. In the summer of 2017, Charleena Lyles, a pregnant 30-year-old black woman was fatally shot by two white Seattle police officers in her home as her three young children looked on. Lyles, who had called the police to report a burglary, reportedly suffered …

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Macklemore and Michael Bennett buy “Teaching for Black Lives” book for all Seattle secondary humanities teachers

Grammy award winning artist Macklemore and three time NFL pro bowler Michael Bennett team up to purchase the new critically acclaimed book, Teaching for Black Lives, for distribution to ALL Social Studies & Language Arts Teachers in the Seattle Public Schools The new book from Rethinking Schools called, “A Handbook for all educators to fight …

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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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Black Lives Matter in Our Schools: Developing an Anti-Racist Pedagogy

First published in TruthOut.org Empowering Black students to become change makers is a key goal of the book, Teaching for Black Lives. Editors Dyan Watson, Jesse Hagopian and Wayne Au have assembled a cogent group of essays that offer the opportunity for developing an anti-racist pedagogy. Truthout interviewed one of the editors, Jesse Hagopian, who …

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Black To School With The New Book, “Teaching for Black Lives”: “Every school in the country needs this.”

It has been exhilarating to read the reviews that are steaming in about Teaching for Black Lives, the new book I co-edited with Dr. Dyan Watson and Dr. Wayne Au. Recent reviews include The Washington Post who called the book, “A handbook to help all educators fight racism” and Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the …

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