Here is a link to resources posted on NCEA's website to help schools better prepare and integrate Black History Month into their schools during this important month. They provide a wide range of resources that you can access and use, including information about a session at the upcoming NCEA conference if you plan to attend.
Here are a series of links to resources that will help us fill our classroom libraries with rich, relevant texts appropriate for younger/elementary school readers. These texts can help us recognize and celebrate the contributions of the African American community to this country. First, a Black History Month book list from Scholastic. In addition, here's a set of stories on Storyline Online read by well-known actors (make sure to look for the Black History Month specific videos).
Check out this link to the PBS POV ("Point of View") website devoted to films relevant for Black History Month. Each film contains a viewing guide and lesson plans appropriate for middle school and high school students. If you are an English Language Arts, Humanities, Social Studies, or Homeroom teacher at the middle or high school level looking for ways to engage your students during Black History Month, these documentaries and films may be a great resources for you.
Here's a link to a lesson plan on exploring what counts as history, an important theme for later elementary and middle school students to consider during Black History Month. This resource comes from the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance website, a great source for culturally relevant pedagogy and classroom resources that can help to disrupt negative assumptions and beliefs about race and ethnicity.
Throughout this month, the news and resources links I'll post will be exclusively focused on Black History Month. Here is a link to an explanatory post from an educator with the Facing History and Ourselves organization describing the importance of fully integrating Black History Month into our curricula. She asks a very important question related to Black History Month: "How do you break the norm - in the classroom or in your own life - when you face history?" This post also includes several links to resources from the Facing History and Ourselves site that can help teachers engage more thoughtfully during this important month of recognition.
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