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NEA commemorates Black History Month

Van Roekel: ‘Diverse school work force critical to bridging gaps between racial, cultural difference


WASHINGTON - February 09, 2011 -

February marks the observance of Black History Month in the United States and Canada.

The following statement can be attributed to National Education Association (NEA) President Dennis Van Roekel:

“In schools across America, NEA members are helping their students honor the rich cultural history and contributions of African Americans by celebrating Black History Month with special lesson plans and activities. 

“NEA recognizes the important contributions being made by African American teachers and education support professionals in our public schools, and we honor the dedication and leadership of all of our members who are working hard to close achievement gaps and raise graduation rates. We have a moral and civil obligation to give all of our students a fighting chance.

“Having a diverse school work force is critical to bridging the gap between ethnic, racial and cultural differences, and NEA is proud to continue our partnership with the ethnic minority community, an important ally in our efforts to find new and innovative ways to engage students, involve the community and transform our schools.”

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For Black History Month lessons and resources, please go here.

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional 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.

Sara Robertson (202) 8227823, srobertson@nea.org