Our Work in Schools

Guiding Antiracist Journeys

Since our founding in 2015, the Philly Children’s Movement has worked collaboratively with many teachers, schools, and organizations facilitating professional development, building curricula, curating discussions, and supporting student-led actions. We’ve organized with students, stretched educators, and supported parents on their antiracist journeys.

PCM has core members and other skilled facilitators and organizers who serve as guides, digging into biases, identifying White supremacy and anti-Blackness, and working on shifts that bring about genuine and meaningful change. How this all shows up for students, educators, parents, and community members lies at the heart of our work together.

“PCM does not offer a band-aid. Over many months, they skillfully led faculty and staff through a series of discussions and workshops about racial awareness and implicit bias.”

What are some examples of topics & workshops?

Gearing up: Preparing to March

Understanding the Black Lives Matter Movement

Using Children’s Media to Build Antiracist Communities

Moving Beyond Buses, Boycotts, and Basketball

Developmental Stages: Understanding Race & Racism

Spotting Bias: In Ourselves & Our Curriculum 

Gun Control: A Systemic Look at “Put the guns down!” 

Talking with Young Children about Race & Racism

What can PCM do for my school community?

PCM can help your school or organization with antiracist and racial justice workshops, events, consultations, or campaigns. We have partnered with schools to design professional development experiences where teachers examine their own identities and the ways in which those identities impact their work. We support educators as they center antiracist and racial justice teaching strategies in their schools and classrooms.

PCM provided the megaphone needed to amplify my students’ voices… the students brought their vision and energy, and PCM turned it into reality. They were with us every step of the way in our advocacy. Working with PCM transformed me, my teaching, and my students’ experience in the classroom…they created a space in which all of the students’ voices were heard, and made sure that their voices were heard by the community… as well as the city and state legislatures!”

What schools or districts has PCM partnered with over the years?

PCM has worked with a wide range of educational organizations: entire school districts, elementary and middle schools, public and private schools, charter schools, and early childhood programs. This includes direct work with students, parent workshops, professional development sessions with administrators and faculty, as well as school and district-wide listening campaigns.

Samuel Powel Elementary
Science Leadership Academy Middle School
Lea Elementary
Independence Charter School
Waldorf School of Philadelphia
Philadelphia Montessori Charter School

Suburbs of Philadelphia:
Media Providence Friends School
Strathaven High School
Media Elementary School
William Penn School District
The Thorne School at Bryn Mawr College
West Hill School

Outside of Pennsylvania
The Hollingworth Center at Columbia University

Want to learn more?

Email us at phillychildrensmovement@gmail.com