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Oct 1, 2018

Local educators and activists feel that Black students’ minds and bodies are under attack. That’s why they created Teaching for Black Lives, a handbook for creating the sweeping reform of our education system and equitable teaching strategies for Black students. The editors of this collection joined us on Town Hall’s stage to read excerpts and call us to action to dismantle stereotypes and the school-to-prison pipeline. They called for educators everywhere to engage Black students in self-reflection and develop a curriculum that emphasizes community activism and social transformation. Listen in to these critical discussions of the ways we can improve the environment of education for Black students and communities in our nation and fight marginalization in our classrooms.

Dyan Watson is a member of the Rethinking Schools executive board, as well as the social studies coordinator for the secondary program in teacher education at Lewis & Clark.

Jesse Hagopian teaches ethnic studies at Seattle’s Garfield High School where he is also co-adviser to the Black Student Union.

Wayne Au is a former public high school social studies and language arts teacher, as well as a professor in the School of Educational Studies at the University of Washington, Bothell campus.

To learn more about these speakers and the Teaching for Black Lives collection, click here.

These editors will be joined by several student speakers for a collaborative conversation.

Recorded live at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute by Town Hall Seattle on Monday, September 24, 2018.