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    Black Lives Matter at School Week
    Posted on 01/28/2021

    Black Lives Matter at School  

    At the regular board meeting on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, the Seattle School Board unanimously adopted Resolution No. 2020/21-17 to declare that the lives of Black students matter — as well as the lives of all of our underserved students, affirm the demands of the Black Lives Matter at School Movement, and encourage participation districtwide in the national Black Lives Matter at School Week from February 1-5, 2021.

    This annual resolution affirms the School Board's unwavering commitment to racial justice and their recognition that the lives and lived experiences of our Black youth matter, not just during Black History Month, but every single day.

    The events of the past year have brought even more urgency and importance to this yearly week of action. The killing of unarmed Black men and women, including LGBTQIA+ persons of color, by police has left young people and our communities searching for answers to incredibly complicated issues of race, justice, and fairness. Our public education system and educators play an important role in disrupting legacies of racism.

    Seattle Public Schools is committed to supporting and serving students furthest from educational justice, starting with Black boys and teens, every day. Beyond this week or month, all students should have the opportunity to see their brilliance and excellence reflected in curriculum and the classroom. Our strategic plan, Seattle Excellence, compels us to center the voices of Black boys and teens to envision and reconstruct our school system where all students can thrive. We can and must do better.

    This is the fourth consecutive year that the Seattle School Board has declared that Black Lives Matter and have encouraged districtwide participation in the national Black Lives Matter at School Week movement. This week is recognized as an opportunity to promote racial justice and identity safety in classrooms, and Seattle Public Schools is proud to be part of this important work. Thank you to the Seattle Education Association's Center for Racial Equity for making this week possible through their tireless work in developing resources, lessons, and supports to celebrate and affirm the lives of our students.

    Black Lives Matter.

    Read more about SEA's Center for Racial Equity.

    Read more about Black Lives Matter at School.

    Read agenda and related documents from the January 27, 2021 Regular Board Meeting.

    Read about our commitment to unapologetically serve students furthest from educational justice, Seattle Excellence.

     

    Black Lives Matter Resources

    Seattle Public Schools is committed to racial justice and recognition of the lived experiences of our Black youth every single day.

    Want to get involved? Check out these resources!

    Learn: Antiracism Resources

    Support Black Owned Businesses

    Support Black Community Led Efforts

    For Youth By Youth – Prioritizing the Voices of Black Youth and Other Students of Color

    The Seattle Public Schools strategic plan, Seattle Excellence, is guided by four priorities and is laser-focused on supporting students of color who are furthest away from educational justice, beginning with African American boys and young men. This work is not about changing students. It is about changing broken systems and undoing legacies of racism in public education. Read more about Seattle Excellence.

    Thank you to the organizations who compiled many of these resources including the Community Center for Education Results – Road Map and Seattle Public Library.