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What is Black Lives Matter at School?

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.

This year, the CTU will take part in Black Lives Matter at School for two weeks of action. The first week, February 5–9, will be educator focused. We will hold planning workshops, educational events and curriculum showcases to support educators in every school across the district as they prepare for the week of teaching. The second week, February 12–16, we intend for every grade in every school throughout the district and charter schools to teach truth about the history of Black excellence and Black oppression. Let’s make this a week in which all of our educators of all races teach all of our students of all races to support love and liberation for Black people.

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If you have questions or concerns about participating in the Black Lives Matter at School actions, please read our common concerns fact sheet.

CTU BLM at School 2024 Events

Thursday, Feb. 1
2:00–7:00 PM
Thursday, Feb. 1
5:00–6:00 PM
Panel Discussion on Sickle Cell Anemia and Maternal Health
Monday, Febr. 5
4:30–6:00PM
BLM at School Virtual Curriculum Share
Monday, Feb. 12
4:30–8:00 PM
“Stamped: From the Beginning” movie screening
Friday, Feb. 16
5:00–9:00 PM
Spades and Bid Whist Tournament House Party
Friday, Feb. 17
5:30–8:30 PM
CTU Black Caucus Future Black Educators Scholarship Gala
Friday, Feb. 23
5:00–9:00 PM
Black Greek letter orgs & HBCU Grads Social

More Ways to 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.

May
27
Mon
Memorial Day (Paid Holiday)
May 27 all-day

See the CPS Calendar page for more dates and information.

May
28
Tue
Rescheduled Regional Information Session (Network 9)
May 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Rescheduled from May 15.

See additional meeting dates, times and locations below sign-up form.

All meetings 4–6 p.m.

DateRegionMeeting Location
May 2Network 12St. James Community Church
8000 South Michigan
May 9Network 11St. James Community Church
8000 South Michigan
RSVPMay 20Network 13Bennett Elementary
10115 S. Prairie
RSVPMay 21Network 3,5,7,8CTU Center
1901 W. Carroll Avenue
May
29
Wed
House of Delegates meeting @ CTU Center
May 29 @ 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 members.ctulocal1.org.

May
31
Fri
Paycheck #11
May 31 all-day

For work performed May 5 through 18. This will be a full paycheck for ten days of work. See our Payroll Page for the full year’s information.

Jun
1
Sat
PSRP Power Wellness Seminar @ CTU Center
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

woman meditating with legs crossed and eyes closed
Breakfast and lunch provided.
Each member will get a self-care gift!

Schedule

9am

Breakfast / Greeting

10am–12pm

Workshops

  • Activate Your PSRP Power
  • Teacher / PSRP Collaboration
12–12:45pm

Lunch

12–3pm

Wellness Experiences

Mix and match activities

  • Line dancing
  • Yoga
  • Massage
  • Relaxation Exercises

Jun
5
Wed
We Care End of Year Celebration @ CTU Center
Jun 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

We MADE it!

We have come to the end of another successful year for the We Care Virtual Instructional Coach and Building Mentor program. Let’s celebrate and acknowledge the third year educators who have completed our program. Join us for food, drinks, dancing, DJ and comedy performance by our own Dr. Andrea “Dr. Drea” Parker.

Jun
6
Thu
Last Day of 4th Quarter
Jun 6 all-day

See the CPS Calendar page for more dates and information.

Jun
7
Fri
School Improvement Day (Principal directed unless flexed)
Jun 7 all-day

As part of the agreement to address Thanksgiving pay, this day was converted from teacher-directed to principal directed and teh teacher-directed day was moved to November. However, those schools that agreed to flex the entirety of June 10 will have this day converted to a teacher-directed day that can be worked either in person or virtually, as each member prefers, per the agreement between the union and CPS in April.

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

Jun
8
Sat
Puerto Rican People’s Day Parade 2024 @ Paseo Boricua
Jun 8 @ 1:00 pm

More than a dozen CTU members in red shirts and waving the Puerto Rican flag stand together on a parade float.

Chicago Teachers Union is Boricua and proud! As we ramp up bargaining over our next, transformative contract, we solidify our connection with our communities by showing up loud and proud. Join teachers, PSRPs, clinicians and parents of all backgrounds who stand together for our schools.

Jun
10
Mon
Non-work day Flex PD Day (Principal Directed)
Jun 10 all-day

As part of the agreement to address Thanksgiving pay, this day was moved to June 7, 2024. No CTU member employed by the district is required to work on this day.

Educators at schools that voted to complete this professional development flexibly throughout the school year do not report on this day. Otherwise, this is a principal-directed professional development day. See the CPS Calendar page for more dates and information.