For our final Black History Month newsletter, we want to thank everyone who took the time to read these newsletters and utilize the resources. We hope you were able to take advantage of the opportunities provided here and that they stimulated critical conversations in your communities and families.
African American Advisory Council Member History Maker
2021 Student Advisor and 2021 US Senate Youth Finalist, Eman Massoud
Eman Massoud, a senior at Gilbert Classical Academy, serves as a student advisor to the African American Advisory Council at the Arizona Department of Education, a city lead for March for Our Lives, and a representative of the Student Legion. She is a member of the Ambassador Club and is active with the Youth Leadership Development Program with Mi Familia Vota. She values community and has done about 200 hours’ worth of community service. Eman is motivated by the power of equitable representation and has delivered tangible changes in her community by encouraging her school to hire more teachers of color, which led to two new educators of color joining her school by her senior year. She is unsure on where she will attend for university but plans on majoring in Criminal Justice/Criminology with a possible minor in Public Service.
Community Resources for Students and Families
The following resource was selected from the ADE Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion’s Black History Month resource page:
Lights Camera Discover (LCD) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides underserved youth opportunities to develop confidence, build self-esteem, and learn teamwork by participating in a series of workshops that teach various aspects of performing and digital arts (digital filmmaking, photography, acting, screenwriting, webpage design & animation). Lights Camera Discover also provides students the resources to recognize entrepreneurship opportunities in digital skills (graphic design, web design, filmmaking, and game design). As part of our efforts to give youth a voice through the arts, Lights Camera Discover offers an on-going program to train local youth in digital storytelling and animation productions. Lights Camera Discovery is an award-winning year-round program in which students learn filmmaking and animation basics alongside anti-bullying and social awareness. During our sessions, students get to create projects of their own.
Lights Camera Discover
Our final event to highlight is the stunning murals painted by Phoenix-based artist Gizette Knight depicting 28 famous and unsung heroes that paved the way for Arizona’s Black community. Painted and unveiled around central Phoenix neighborhoods, visiting these murals is a great way to celebrate Black Americans and Black art beyond the month of February.
Black History Month Murals
The challenges of the academic year have highlighted the need to support student’s social and emotional wellbeing. Personal connections with students are critical to a positive school climate and being a culturally responsive educator. The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) developed a tool to help educators foster open conversations with students.
CASEL 5 Minute Chats with Students
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