Celebrating Black History Month

Through Literacy


In this month’s newsletter, we’re celebrating Black History Month with a collection of resources that explore diversity considerations in literacy instruction and celebrate Black history and culture. We encourage you to look for opportunities to include these resources throughout the year and across your curriculum!

Celebrating and Learning About Black History and Culture

Visit Reading Rockets to watch interviews with celebrated Black children's authors and illustrators; browse book titles related to Black history and culture; find classroom activities to ensure students get the most out of black history and Black History Month; and more!

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Black History Month Lessons and Resources

Bring African American culture and history into your curriculum with these lesson plans and additional resources compiled by the National Education Association.

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National African American Read-In

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Make literacy a significant part of your Black History Month by hosting an African American Read-In. Visit the National Council of Teachers of English to learn more about how you can host your own event. 

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More From NCIL Staff

Supporting Success for African American Students: The Importance of Language Development and Reading Skills

Despite the disparities in education, research has demonstrated that all students, regardless of racial, ethnic, economic, or learning differences, can meet grade-level expectations for reading achievement with systematic and explicit instruction.

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Shining a (Glaring) Light on Educational Inequities in Reading

Shining a (Glaring) Light on Educational Inequities in Reading

Watch the first video in our Reading the Room Discussion Series where Panelists present data illustrating some of the most glaring problems with educational inequity in reading, and discuss approaches for building educational equity through policy, partnerships, and practice.

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Dr. Lakeisha Johnson, Discusses Cultural Considerations for Diverse Readers

This video discusses evidence-based assessment and treatment practices that practitioners can utilize when working with speakers of African American English and other non-mainstream dialects.

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