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NEA offers Black History Month curriculum

Challenges communities to help transform public schools with investment of time and resources


WASHINGTON - February 01, 2010 -

In observance of Black History Month, the National Education Association is issuing a challenge to its members and community partners to use this month to develop an action plan for change to ensure the future legacy of our country and our students.

“Despite years of progress, for far too many of our students, the hopes and dreams of past generations are still unfilled. We’ve got to invest time and resources in transforming our public schools and it starts with local programs and activities,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “President Obama said we need to invest in the skills and education of our people.  He didn’t say that we have to wait for lawmakers to make it happen, we all have the power to begin now to develop programs and provide support that will be the catalyst for change in our public schools.”

NEA has a number of resources and tools that are available for individuals and groups that will assist them in not only identifying an issue in their community but in implementing a substantive plan of action. There are critical needs in the areas of (click on each topic to get more information):

Dropout Prevention

Closing Achievement Gaps

Literacy

College Affordability

As part of its Black History Month activities and its ongoing mission to create great public schools for ALL students, NEA,Tavis Smiley and the America I AM: The African American Imprint exhibition have joined forces to offer educators an historically relevant, culturally diverse curriculum for use in classrooms across the country.  The America I AM lesson plans, activity sheets and other learning materials are available free of charge at http://www.AmericaIAM.org. The educational materials are tailored by grade level, covering grades 5 through 12, and can be used as a standalone history unit, or linked to other curricula including social studies, economics, math, art and literature. More information can be found at:

http://www.nea.org/home/MinorityCommunityOutreach.html

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing
3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

CONTACT: Michelle Hudgins  (202) 822-7823, mhudgins@nea.org