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Black History is American History

February 17, 2021 by Janessa Fletcher




Make no mistake…Black History is American History and should be taught year-round.

Sadly, in classrooms across The United States, this isn’t always the case.

Black History should be looked at as a critical opportunity to allow students to make connections to our Nation’s past with their lives, and the world they live in today.

If Black History were taught year-round, we wouldn’t need a month to teach it. And if we’re being honest with each other, we aren’t there yet. By working together, we can get there.

Teaching Black History should be more. It’s not just a cute craftivity with a writing prompt.

Let’s dig deeper. We need to highlight contributions, struggles, social justice movements, & achievements made by Black Americans. This should not just be in February, but all year round.

We must do better. We owe it to our students. Our colleagues deserve it. Future generations of Americans need it. 

This year, Education to the Core would like to highlight incredible Black History resources. We’ve also included blog posts and products from Black educational professionals and blog authors. You will find video resources and links as well. Not to mention some amazing museum tour links.

Resources

  1. K-3 Black History Units from LaNesha Tabb @ Education with an Apron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Black History Month Bulletin Board & Trivia from Asia Hines @ The Sassy Math Teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Ron McNair Book Study from Vera Ahiyya @ The Tutu Teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Black History Month Bundle from Tamara Russell @ Mrs. Russells Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. 28 Days of Black History from Tanya G Marshall @ The Butterfly Teacher

 

Blog Posts

 

Videos for Students

 

Videos for Teachers

 

Black History Museums and Virtual Tours

Find a local museum: AAAM’s global directory of African American Museums and affiliate institutions

Teaching Hard History is a podcast series worth listening to. To begin with, the series covers a variety of topics to help you learn more about equity and inclusion. There are many helpful tips on how to create a better classroom environment for your students. The series also discusses how you can have those important conversations with your students.

We hope you find these resources helpful. As an organization, ETTC will continue to share blogs and resources that promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. These resources should not just be used for one month, but all year round. 

In addition, if you have resources to share with us, be sure to put them in the comments below! Together, we will work towards the goal of inclusion of everyone. We are looking forward to hearing from you. 

💙💛🧡 Team Education to the Core Collaboration

Trudi Lawrence, Emily Garcia, Janessa Fletcher, Kristin Halverson, & Suzanne Kelley

At Education to the Core, we exist to help our teachers build a stronger classroom. They connect with our community to find trusted, state-of-the-art resources designed by teachers for teachers. As a result, we aspire to be the world’s leading & most trusted community for educational resources for teachers. We improve the lives of every teacher and learner.  Let’s invest in the most comprehensive, reliable, and inclusive educational resources.

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