Black history month is the perfect time to build a sense of community within the school building. Getting teachers on board for a month long learning journey brings everyone together with a shared purpose. Collaboration among staff members will increase leading to a tidal wave of momentum for quality teaching and learning.
Below are four steps to lead teachers through Black History Month.
Prior to the month of February (Black History Month), explain to teachers that they are going to be part of a school wide mission to educate students about influential African American leaders of our past. Set the intention that the month long focus will help students identify character traits of significant heroes and how their choices and contributions make our country what it is today.
Provide The Road Map
Now that teachers are aware of the goal for February instruction, it’s essential to set boundaries and expectations for how to effectively participate. Due to varying needs, it might be helpful to share grade level (or content) specific information rather than overarching expectations. Linking the month long learning to state standards would be a great first step.
Things to consider: lesson duration, focus topics, activity types, parent notification, community involvement, hallway displays etc.
Great leaders roll up their sleeves and join in on the fun. Decide how you plan to be part of the learning and offer those ideas to staff (ie. read alouds, reenactments in costume, etc.). When staff and students see your participation it sets the tone for the importance of the event. This models camaraderie and is sure to be a hit!
Celebrate the Learning
The purpose of Black History Month is more than learning about African American historical figures. The sacrifice they made for the betterment of our world, the strength and determination to stand up for what they believe in, and the brilliance of their gifts that they shared are worth celebrating. Be sure to highlight the individual contributions and focus on how those apply to students’ lives today. (This can be done during morning announcements, in the carpool line, during recess duty, passing classes in the hallway, etc. )
Are teachers in need of some easy-to-implement lesson ideas? Click to access Black History Month Activities.
Go Be Great!
How did you lead teachers through Black History Month?