Black Lives Matter at School Conference 2023

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From January 30 - February 3, Woodring College of Education will hold its second annual Black Lives Matter at School Conference. This week of action is part of the National Black Lives Matter at Schools Week of Action and Year of Purpose campaign taking place in cities across the U.S. to promote a set of national demands based in the Black Lives Matter guiding principles that focus on improving the school experience for students of color.

The Black Lives Matter movement is a powerful, non-violent peace movement that systematically examines injustices that exist at the intersections of race, class, and gender; including mass incarceration, poverty, non-affordable housing, income disparity, homophobia, unfair immigration laws, gender inequality, and poor access to healthcare.


Black Lives Matter at Schools Conference 2022 Recap

About the 2023 Presenters

red square fountain, miller hall and parks hall
Jesse Hagopian smiling in a suit in front of a bookcase

Jesse Hagopian

Jesse Hagopian is a high school teacher in Seattle and has taught for over a decade at Garfield High School–the site of the historic boycott of the MAP test.  Jesse is an editor for the social justice periodical Rethinking Schools, is the co-editor of the books, Black Lives Matter at School,Teaching for Black LivesTeacher Unions and Social Justiceand is the editor of the book, More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing. Jesse serves as the Director of the Black Education Matters Student Activist Award, is an organizer with the Black Lives Matter at School movement, and is founding member of Social Equity Educators (SEE).


Jesse is the recipient of the 2019 “Racial Justice Teacher of the Year” from the NAACP Youth Coalition and the “Social Justice Teacher of the Year” award from Seattle Public School’s Department of Racial Equity. He received the 2012 Abe Keller Foundation award for “excellence and innovation in peace education,” and won the 2013 “Secondary School Teacher of the Year” award and the Special Achievement “Courageous Leadership” award from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.  In 2015, Jesse received the Seattle/King County NAACP Service Award, was named as an Education Fellow to The Progressive magazine, as well as a “Cultural Freedom Fellow” for the Lannan Foundation for his nationally recognized work in promoting critical thinking and opposing high-stakes testing.

2023 Schedule

2019 WWU Info Fair

Monday, January 30

11:0 AM - 1:00 PM Tuesday, January 31

Keynote Speaker, Jesse Hagopian

Wednesday, February 1

Thursday, February 2

Friday, February 3

Attend the Conference

Edens Hall in the fall time, surrounded by trees

This section will be updated as we have more information.


If you have any questions about programming, registration, accessibility, or would like to make a financial contribution to support the conference, please contact Juliet Evans at