Black Lives Matter at School Week

2023 Week of Action for February 6–10.


These events, organized by the CTU’s Human Rights Committee are part of our Black History Month Calendar of Events at


Get Involved

What is BLM at School Week?

Black Lives Matter At School is a national coalition organizing for racial justice in education that encourages all educators, students, parents, unions, and community organizations to join our annual week of action during the first week of February each year. This is part of the CTU’s recognition of Black History Month — and our larger goal to lift up Black and Brown educators, who’ve seen their numbers cut in half in the last 20 years, as well as the 90% of Black and Brown students and families we serve in our school communities. 

This week of action highlights four basic demands for our schools:

  • End “Zero Tolerance” discipline and implement restorative justice.
  • Mandate Black History and Ethnic Studies.
  • Hire more Black teachers.
  • Fund counselors, not cops.

CTU BLM at School 2023 Events

Tues., Feb. 7 at 6PMReimagining School Safety Webinar
Join student and educator activists for an action-oriented discussion of current approaches to safety in schools, their problems, and how we can reimagine safety to unapologetically center and support Black lives among our students, families and communities.
Thurs., Feb. 9 at 4:45PMThe Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
Join us for a preview screening of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, a Peacock Original movie. Organized in coordination with the Zinn Education Project, the event will include a reception at 4:45 PM. The movie will begin at 5:15 and a short discussion will follow.

Get Involved

Want to coordinate Black Lives Matter at School events with other educators in the city? Make use of the resources below to organize at your school and citywide:

Read more from Black Lives Matter at School national coordinating committee by following the links below.

National BLM at School on Twitter Twitter    National BLM at School on Facebook Facebook    National BLM at School Website Website

Join the Black Lives Matter at School national mailing list.

House of Delegates meeting @ CTU Center
Dec 6 @ 4:45 pm – 7:15 pm

Pre-meeting Q&A session will begin at 4:15 p.m. See the Delegates page for more information about House of Delegates Meetings. If you are a delegate and did not receive the notice for this meeting, please email Norma Albor to resolve any issues related to your designation as delegate. Delegates can access packet materials in the MemberLink Portal at

Contract bargaining meeting for “newly accreted” member groups (ISLs, Gear Up Coaches, HS Programmers, etc.) @ CTU Center
Dec 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Since 2015, CPS employees in a growing list of positions have been newly added to the CTU bargaining unit for the district, officially known as “newly accreted” groups. We’re hosting this meeting to get input and involvement from CTU members working in these positions so your needs can be best addressed in the new contract we are negotiating with the district which will take effect in the fall of 2024. If you’re not sure whether you are in one of the newly accreted groups, please see the list below the signup.

Job titles included in the newly accreted groups include: Attendance Coordinator, Attendance and Truancy Specialist, CTE Academy Coordinator, CTE College and Career Coordinator, Case Manager, College and Career Coach, College and Career Equity Specialists, Comprehensive Service Coordinator, Curriculum and Instructional Coach, Day-to-day Substitute School Clerk, Day-to-day Teacher Assistant, Displaced FTB Cadre-100 Days, Displaced Full Time Basis Cadre, Provisional Certificate Substitute Teacher, Short Time Substitute Teacher, Family Engagement Coordinator, Gear-Up Coach, Instructional Support Leader, High School Programmer, High School Support Teacher, Acting Head Teacher, Head Teacher, International Baccalaureate Teacher, Teacher-Citywide, Resident Teacher, Bilingual Teacher, Program Option Teacher, Lead Teacher, Lead Coach, Literacy Coach, Literacy Intervention Teacher, Lifeguard, Magnet Program Specialist, Network College and Career Specialist, Part-time school Counselor, Program Schedule Clerk, Provisional Cadre, Resident Social Worker, Restorative Justice Coordinator, School Counseling Office Assistant, School Counseling Specialists, School Counselor, Social Worker Assistant, Special Education Support Clerk, Teacher Assistant Bilingual I, Teacher Assistant Bilingual II, Teacher Assistant Bilingual Spanish I, Teacher Assistant Bilingual Spanish II, Teacher-Speech Pathologist, Youth Intervention Specialist.

Paycheck #25 (90% Gross Pay)
Dec 15 all-day

For work performed November 19 through December 2. Paychecks will reflect only 90% of gross pay, due to the unpaid school closure day (made up at the end of the year, so annual salary is not impacted). This is a change from the original payroll plan, due to an agreement to move calendar dates to even out paychecks. Also bear in mind that some benefit deductions will not be reduced by the reduction in gross pay, so net pay will be less than 90 percent of a normal paycheck. See our Payroll Page for the full year’s information.

Last Day of Second Quarter
Dec 21 all-day

Visit the CPS calendar page for other dates and to download a PDF calendar.

School Improvement Day (Principal Directed), First Day of Q3
Dec 22 all-day

Visit the CPS calendar page for other dates and to download a PDF calendar.

Christmas Eve (CTU Office Closed)
Dec 24 all-day
Christmas Day (CTU Office Closed)
Dec 25 all-day
Winter Break (First Week Paid)
Dec 25 – Dec 29 all-day

See the CPS Calendar page for more dates and information.

Paycheck #26
Dec 29 all-day

For work performed December 3 through 16. This will be a full paycheck for ten days of work. See our Payroll Page for the full year’s information.

New Year’s Eve (CTU Office Closed)
Dec 31 all-day