Last year at our statewide Convention, delegates to the Illinois Federation of Teachers voted to support the Black Lives Matter at School campaign. The resolution (Resolution 25) was submitted by Chicago Teachers Union (Local 1). From the resolution:
“RESOLVED, the IFT will promote events during or around this week and engage in advocacy on an ongoing basis aligned to the national demands for hiring more black teachers and ending the pushout of black teachers in schools, proper implementation of restorative practices in schools and ending zero tolerance discipline, teaching students black history and other ethnic studies curricula, and funding more counselors in schools as opposed to police officers.”
Black Lives Matter at School Week occurs during the first week of Black History Month (February 3-7). Here’s how you can participate in your classroom or school:
Buy the T-shirt to show solidarity with the movement. T-shirts, hoodies, and tapestries are available featuring student-designed artwork.
Teach a lesson that relates to the principles of Black Lives Matter movement. For inspiration, you can find a curriculum guide here. AFT also offers multiple Share My Lesson collections, including Black History Month Ideas, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and Comparing Black Lives Matter and the Civil Rights Movement. However, we encourage participating teachers to use these resources to build a curriculum within your school community that is culturally relevant and engages your students.
Post what you’re doing to recognize Black Lives Matter at School on social media with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool and tag @BLMAtSchool and @iftaft. Or, send photos and stories to firstname.lastname@example.org to share with us!