Milwaukee Black Lives Matter at School

If this is your first time or your third time participating in the Black Lives Matter Week of Action, the MTEA strongly encourages all members to get involved. In this blog you will find two tracks, Beginner and Intermediate, to help you understand BLM principles, prepare for discussion, and plan lessons. On January 21, at 4:30pm there will be a Black Lives Matter Week of Action Grab and Go, where members can look over resources and take lessons.

If you have a lesson or activity you would like to submit a lesson plan for sharing with other members, please send it by email Ingrid Walker-Henry at walker-henryi@mtea.org to share on 1/21 and to be added to the MTEA BLM shared drive. Black Lives Matter at School MTEA t-shirts are available.

Pledge to take action!

Beginner Planning Track

January 1-18

Getting Ready to Teach

The students at James Madison Academic Campus in Milwaukee made posters for a Black Lives Matter display at the school (Photo: Joe Brusky).

January 19 – 31

Lesson Planning for the Week

February 1 – 7

Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action (Save these dates)

Intermediate Planning Track

January 1 – January 18

Getting Ready to Teach

Readings

Preparing for Discussions

Webinars

Let’s Talk! Discussing Black Lives Matter

Let’s Talk! Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics with Students

Let’s Talk! Teaching Black Lives Matter

Let’s Talk! Discussing Whiteness

*Transcripts are available

Students at the African Immersion School in Milwaukee during the 2019 Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action Kickoff (Photo: Joe Brusky

January 19-31

Lesson Planning for the Week

Templates for lessons around a week of action for classrooms. These are suggested resources and ideas that may work for your students.

Multilingual Resources

General Resources to Support Discussion (all grades)

Lessons for Early Childhood and Elementary (elementary)

Lessons and Read Alouds (Youtube) by day (elementary)

Principles Writing Prompt (middle and high school)

Readings and Text to Support Discussion (middle and high school)

Topic Specific Week-Long lessons

Teaching about Youth Activism (elementary and middle)

Zinn Project Teach Reconstruction (high school)

The 1619 Project (high school)

Students collectively make a BLM at School banner at French Immersion School in Milwaukee in 2018 (Photo: Joe Brusky).

Art Lessons for Black Lives Matter at School

BLM Coloring Book (elementary)

Understanding Prejudice through Paper Plate Portraits

Principles Poster Lesson- Turning Ideas into Art

Black Lives Matter School Mural

All Early Childhood Resources

All Elementary Resources

All Middle School Resources

All High School Resources

North Division students hold a Black Lives Matter rally and march before holding an interview session with potential school board candidates in 2019 (Photo: Joe Brusky).

February 1-7

Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action (Save the date)

  • Teach lessons
  • Request MTEA social media
  • Social Media, use the hashtags #BlackLivesMatteratSchool or #BLMatSchool on FB/Twitter/Instagram
  • Attend the events
    • February 1, Black Lives Matter at School Pep Rally- TBD
    • February 3, Students Amplified- TBD
    • February 4, Push Out Screening- TBD
    • February 5, BLM at School Open Mic- TBD
    • February 6, Intergenerational Kickback and Snack Night- TBD
    • February 7, Black Stories Matter: A Storytelling Social- TBD

* We are grateful for the work of educators in Madison, Seattle, Philadelphia, New York City, Washington DC, and others in creating and compiling lessons and activities for the Black Lives Matter in School Week of Action.