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Black Lives Matter at School: A Discussion with Educators on the Intersections of Activism and Pedagogy

The recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Manuel Ellis, George Floyd, and countless others have left communities across the globe outraged and in mourning. Their deaths have led to massive, global, Black Lives Matter demonstrations condemning the use of police violence against Black people. As many of us have been captivated by the protests, some educators may be wondering how or whether they should address these issues with their students.

In this webinar we engaged in dialogue on the intersections of teacher pedagogy, civic engagement, activism, and public schooling, as they relate to the issues of systemic racism and police violence in Black communities.


  • Nyla Bell
  • Karmen Rouland
  • Daryl Williams


  • Tamara Anderson
    – Co-Founder and Organizer, Racial Justice Organizing Committee; Graduate School Education Instructor; Former Public School Teacher, Philadelphia, New York, and Chicago; Philadelphia Organizer, BLM at School; Founding Member, National Steering Committee, BLM at School
  • Awo Okaikor Aryee-Price, Ed.D
     Anti-racist Educator, Consultant, and Organizer; Core Trainer, People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond;      Founder, EduSAGE Companion Consulting; Member, National Steering Committee, BLM at School
  • Ismael Jimenez
    -High School African American Studies Teacher, Philadelphia, PA; Co-Founder and Organizer, Melanated Educators Collaborative; Co-chair of the Caucus of Working Educators; Philadelphia Organizer, BLM at School
  • Denisha Jones, Ph.D., J.D.
     – Director, Art of Teaching Program, Sarah Lawrence College; Co-Director, Defending the Early Years; Member, National Steering Committee, BLM at School
  • Charlie McGeehan
    – High School Humanities Teacher, Philadelphia, PA; Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Building Representative; Founding Member, BAR-WE (Building Anti-Racist White Educators); Philadelphia Organizer, BLM at School
  •  Erika Strauss Chavarria
    – High School Spanish Teacher, Howard County; Member, Board of Directors, National Education Association; Steering Committee, Howard County Black Lives Matter at School 365 Coalition 
  • Matthew Vaughn-Smith
    –  Elementary School Assistant Principal, Montgomery County, Md; Member, Howard County Black Lives Matter at  School 365 Coalition; Founder, Anti-Racist Education Alliance, Inc.






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