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Celebrating Black History Month

Reignite Your JOY for Teaching & Learning: 

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Topics: diversity, Black History Month, Digital Resources, Equity, Teaching with Equity, teacher resources, Monthly Resource Round-up

We Need Black History Month More Than Ever

We need Black History Month now more than ever. While we need to remember that Black history (Asian American history, LGBTQ history, etc.) is AMERICAN history and should be incorporated into our curriculum and lessons throughout the school year, Black History Month gives us an opportunity to double down on teaching and learning about Black history and culture.

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Topics: Black History Month, Digital Resources, Equity

Are You Teaching Black History in a Culturally Responsive Way?

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, Holidays, Black History Month, Culture and Language, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Teaching with Equity, teacher resources

This is US.

Celebrating Black History Month, Year-Round

Scrubbing the oatmeal from the blue enamel pot in my kitchen sink, I looked up when I heard, 

“It’s a story we need to tell.  
Not just in February--the coldest and shortest month,
but every day of the year, because this is our story.  
It’s not “us and them, it’s February so we’ll take some time out and do this.” 
It is every single day.  
This is the story of us.  
And, guess what? There’s no “them,” which is what we all try to make up.  
In the U.S., it’s us. Not them.” 

These words are from Ken Burns, the well-known documentarian. He’s discussing his film project, “Baseball,” which tells the story of the Negro Baseball League and baseball great Hank Aaron. Burns uses the film to demonstrate how far we have come, yet how far we still have to go. 

Films, books, movies and experiences teach. Since I have a lot to learn, I decided to watch, read, ask, and attend so I could more fully understand our nation’s history.  

Our history. 

The story of us.  

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Topics: diversity, Black History Month

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