The Educational Network Develops Black History Curricula to Complement 2015 HBCU Resource Guide
Chicago, IL (Jan. 30, 2015) – Fifty years after the Voting Rights Act of 1965, African American history and the progress of African Americans are vividly merged in the 2015 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Resource Guide and Calendar, now a family staple, and for the first time, a grade-school curricula.
“When we learned that our readers were using our calendars for reference, we decided to make them truly reference materials,” said Tracey Alston, founder and CEO of the Educational Network, the Guide’s publishing company.
The Resource Guide still contains its signature full-page profiles of 12 notables. This year’s personalities include media mogul Tom Joyner, actors Gabrielle Union and Jaime Foxx, boxer Floyd Mayweather and historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr., along with eight other outstanding African American notables. But for 2015, the Resource Guide has evolved again, this time as a learning tool and multi-grade curricula.
“The thinking began in 2013 when we learned that teachers throughout this country were using our Resource Guide to showcase the contributions of African Americans to their students,” Alston stated. “In that same year, public schools across the nation began incorporating state-mandated African American studies into their curriculum. We were inspired to develop the Black History Unit Lesson Plans to support the HBCU Resource Guide,” she continued.
The lesson plans are a Common Core compatible system for teaching African American history throughout the school year.
The 2015 Resource Guide, a fund-raiser for the featured colleges and universities, is available at Walgreen stores in African American communities and select college bookstores. The calendar is also available HERE for $6.99, plus shipping and handling.
To learn more about the HBCU Calendar and unit lesson plans CLICK HERE or call 312.470.0270.