eSchool News: 10 teaching Resources for Black History Month

eSchool News has curated a list of 10 resources for educators and afterschool providers looking to host difficult conversations on the experiences of black people within the United States and around the world. Resources include lesson plans, virtual museum tours, digital materials, and text. To review these resources, click here.

ShareMyLesson Curricula: Intentionally Celebrating Black History Month

ShareMyLesson has developed a list for educators and afterschool providers looking to host intentional conversations about the origins of Black History Month and events that have affected the black community. There are also lesson plans honoring influential poets, professors, politicians, musicians, and more. To access these materials, click here

Illinois State Board of Education List: Resources for Teaching About Black History Month

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) curated a list of resources for educators and afterschool providers to utilize during Black History Month.

  • hosts a variety of materials, including transcripts of more than 300 speeches by African Americans, more than 140 full-text primary documents, plus timelines and gateway pages to digital archives and African and African American museums. Here’s how you can use in your programming.
  • The Smithsonian’s Learning Lab has shared Black history lesson plans for each grade range here.
  • For high school students, Teaching Tolerance has posted an online article challenging teachers to expand their lesson plans to allow students to make meaningful connections to current events.
  • Facing History has collected resources and lesson plans for high school students here to support educators preparing for Black history month.

ISBE is also highlighting a few resources for providers based upon the Inauguration Day poem by 22-year-old Amanda Gorman. Amanda Gorman is the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate and the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history.

Celebrating Black History Month Resources

compiled several high-quality resources for celebrating Black History month during February and throughout the year. These resources include media, lesson plans, and engaging discussion prompts that encourage students to share and learn about our country’s history.

National Girls Collaborative Project: Black History Month Resources 

In recognition of Black History Month, the National Girls Collaborative Project has compiled several resources that serve to promote Black students in STEM learning and the STEM sectors.

  • Black Girls Code is designed to increase the numbers of young women of color in the field of digital technology and computer science by providing skills, exposing them to technology role models, and increasing self-confidence to become tech creators and entrepreneurs.
  • Blacks in Technology is a community-based website that works towards building and establishing a community that focuses on bringing blacks together within technology-related sectors.
  • The Black Inventor Online Museum focuses on the ingenuity and accomplishment of the top black inventors over the last 300 years. There is a notable section dedicated to female inventors.
  • The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is a non-profit association that is dedicated to the academic and professional success of African-American engineering students and professionals.
  • Science NetLinks has developed a number of resources that honor the achievements and scientific work of African Americans.

Black History Month Resources