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This initiative allows students to explore a chapter of James Forman Jr.'s book, Locking Up Our Own.  Students learn to better understand the origins of efforts to decrease gun violence and delve into current activism around the issue. Students can use the lessons to better understand gun debates of the past and today, informing their personal views about what they and others should do now.


The 10-day initiative culminates with students learning about the March for Our Lives Movement and a national contest to design a shoe.

Registration will open a few weeks in advance to initiative launch

Teacher Resources

The semi-structured curriculum below is ready to be customized by teachers.  We have provided a 10-day curriculum, of 30-minute lessons.  Adjusting to meet your students' needs is strongly encouraged.

Lesson plans

Please note: Slides are in google format, but can be downloaded in .ppt. All slides for days 1-10 are included. All materials or handouts referenced are linked to in the individual google slides or teacher notes accompanying the slides.

To download the slides as Microsoft PPT, click here.

Reading Materials

View live in late April.

2022 Calendar

Please note, the lesson days can be customized to best fit your school schedule.

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1st Place
Gentry Recreational Treatment Center (MO)

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1st Place
Gentry Recreational Treatment Center (MO)

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