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Meridian strives to create a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive culture February 5, 2018

Black Lives Matter in Schools is a national movement that started in Seattle in 2016. This year, educators from many cities across the country are organizing a Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools from February 5-10. Their goal is to “spark an ongoing movement of critical reflection and honest conversations in school communities for people of all ages to engage with critical issues of social justice. It is our duty as educators and community members to civically engage students and build their empathy, collaboration, and agency so they are able to thrive. Students must learn to examine, address, and grapple with issues of racism and discrimination that persist in their lives and communities.” At the elementary level, some schools are using this week to engage their communities in meaningful conversations while enriching their curriculum with materials that offer counter narratives to stereotypes, increase black history/ethnic studies, and teach social justice. At Meridian, we are already working on these goals as we continue enriching and expanding our curriculum and book collections while engaging students and parents in meaningful conversations about equity and inclusion throughout the school year. As we continue engaging our community in a cultural competence journey, we think it is important to acknowledge the BLM in Schools movement and to invite everyone to learn more about it. See FAQ.

Black Lives Matter in Schools will be in the news. Children will also see it on signs around the city. Here are some other resources you can use to generate conversations with your children:     

Talking with Children/Youth about Race: Strategies for Developing a Healthy Racial Identity Teaching Young Children About Race by Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards Black is Beautiful by Kara Hinderlie Black Books Matter: Children's Books Celebrating Black Boys 26 Children's Books That Celebrate Black Heroes

Chief Sealth International High School and Denny Middle School teachers and students in 2016.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAN CHUNG

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Black Lives Matters in Schools- resources

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Black Lives Matters in Schools- resources