Black Lives Matter at School



Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action - January 31 - February 4

This year’s Week of Action will be taking place from January 31, 2022 - February 4, 2022. As you prepare for this year’s week of action in your school, district, and/or community, here are some useful resources:

• Review the curriculum resources []. Choose some to use in your own classroom, share with your colleagues.

• Look though the 13 Guiding Principles [] and consider how you can expand student understanding of these principles through your Week of Action.

• Read about the BLM at School demands, and find ways to advocate for them in your school, district, and community [].

• Purchase BLM at School gear or publications [].

• Use this Starter Kit to dive deeper into your planning [].

• Submit this form to share your action [].

While we do think it is important to give extra visibility to this work during the Week of Action, the National Black Lives Matter at School Steering Committee has called this the Year of Purpose to emphasize the fact that this work must continue all year long. See the Year of Purpose page for reflection questions and monthly activities []

Year of purpose BLMAS




We are defined by the actions we take in the face of adversity.  Over the past several months as we navigated the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic, and now as our communities are engaging in a moment in history where racial and police violence are at the center of the national debate, your building leaders have demonstrated that we are ready to rise to the challenge. At the June 8 Representative Assembly, building leaders endorsed taking several actions to support the anti-racism work in our communities: 

Pics from the BLACK LIVES MATTER march on Friday, June 12:

To view larger versions of the pics, follow this link





Black Lives Matter at School website link.

WEA Resources for Black Lives Matter at School.

The National BLM Week Story
Resources from the National Black Lives Matter Week of Action in our Schools.

Facebook Page

SEA Representative Assembly Endorsement

Ethnic Studies – Educator Created Curriculum

   Teaching Guide

   Lessons (more to come; check back often)

Black Lives Matter In The Classroom

Race and Equity

Book Lists

Teaching Resources

Recent Media

Seattle Teachers Rally for Black Lives Matter at School

NJEA Joins call for Black Lives Matter at School Week, Feb 5-11

BLM+logos@school (LARGE)

Last year, Seattle Public School educators throughout the district worked together with colleagues, parents and families, community members, and students to make a statement that Black Lives Matter by wearing a BLM t-shirt and teaching lessons and holding events that recognized and honored Black Lives. Many other cities across the United States also collaborated and organized in solidarity.

For the second year, educators from those cities and many more have come together to organize a Nationwide Black Lives Matter at Schools Week. According to, "the goal of Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools is to spark an ongoing movement of critical reflection and honest conversation in school communities for people of all ages to engage with critical issues of racial justice."

(from the website):

“…educators in the BLM at School movement developed these demands for the movement:

  1. End “zero tolerance” discipline, and implement restorative justice
  2. Hire more black teachers
  3. Mandate black history and ethnic studies in K-12 curriculum
  4. Counselors not cops

The lessons that educators taught during that week of action corresponded to the thirteen guiding principles of Black Lives Matter:

  • Monday: Restorative Justice, Empathy and Loving Engagement
  • Tuesday: Diversity and Globalism
  • Wednesday: Trans-Affirming, Queer Affirming and Collective Value
  • Thursday: Intergenerational, Black Families and Black Villages
  • Friday: Black Women and Unapologetically Black

There are multiple ways to participate and join the educators nationwide in solidarity.

  1. Supplement planned lessons with resources, materials, or concepts that connect with the themes or the movement (resources available on the SEA CRE Black Lives Matter page as well as at the website)
  2. Engage in conversations with colleagues about the ways that students know that black lives matter.
  3. Self-study topics that increase your understanding and awareness of the BLM movement and of critical race theory.
  4. Purchase a BLM t-shirt and wear it on Monday and Friday of BLM week
  5. Become a supporting member of the SEA Center for Race and Equity by signing up for monthly contributions.

Thank you for your continued hard work and dedication to supporting our students.

In Unity,

Marquita Prinzing
Director, SEA Center for Race and Equity

NBI on BLM Week passed by the Seattle Education Association Representative Assembly in December 2018

Whereas the Seattle Education Association has taken a national leadership role in the Black Lives Matter at School movement, now inspiring dozens of major cities to join us in our movement for change,

Whereas there are far too few Black educators and educators of color in proportion to the number of students of color in the schools,

Whereas zero tolerance discipline and over-policing of our youth has proven to be ineffective in the reduction of discipline, and Restorative Practices has proven to be a powerful tool in the reduction of disproportionate discipline,

Whereas according to the Washington Post this year there have been 802 police involved killings, including 484 People of Color,

Whereas the creation and implementation of an Ethnic Studies curriculum is of critical importance to supporting the diversity of our students and is currently in development in Seattle Public Schools,

Whereas the Seattle Education Association RA unanimously voted to support a mandatory K-12 Ethnic Studies curriculum in SPS,

Be it resolved that for a third consecutive year, the Seattle Education Association join the national call for Black Lives Matter at School Week to kick off Black History Month during February 4th to February 9th.

Be it further resolved that SEA encourage its members to wear Black Lives Matter shirts to school on Monday and Friday of that week and teach lessons during the week about undoing institutional racism and the 13 principles of the #BlackLivesMatter Global Network.

Be it further resolved that SEA will send email reminders to its membership encouraging educators to join the Black Lives Matter at School rally at the School Board meeting on Wednesday, February 6th to advocate for hiring more Black Teachers, implementing restorative justice programs, and fully implementing ethnic studies in the Seattle Public Schools.