The crisis induced by the global pandemic has presented a number of key questions to social justice educators around the country. Black Lives Matter at School leader Jesse Hagopian talks to Rampant about how to confront those challenges and build on recent waves of teacher organizing.
Jesse Hagopian is an award-winning educator and a leading voice on issues of educational equity, the school-to-prison pipeline, standardized testing, the Black Lives Matter at School movement, and social justice unionism. He is an editor for Rethinking Schools magazine, an author, public speaker, organizer, and ethnic studies teacher at Seattle’s Garfield High School—the site of the historic teacher boycott of the MAP test in 2013. Jesse is the coeditor of Teaching for Black Lives, and is the editor of the book More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing. He is also an organizer with Social Equity Educators (SEE), a rank-and-file group of Seattle educators working for social justice in public schools.