Kirsti Jewel

I'm a learner first, and an educator second. I love Hip Hop culture-- its ancestors and offspring. I live my life by the Sankofa bird. My credentials read B.A. in journalism/creative writing, MA in Women and Gender Studies, and Teaching Credential in Urban Education. I was a 2010 corps member for the Bay Area, and I continue to teach in East Oakland.

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This post originally appeared on TeacherPop. We have reblogged it with permission.

“Oh snap, Scholars! It’s Black History Month,” I began February by saying. “But, we don’t need the shortest month of the year to indicate when it’s time to learn our history.”

My scholars5th graders, including 20 Latino students, four African American, two Cambodian, and one Tongan—are used to such loaded statements.  They know that although February is officially Black History Month and October was Latino Heritage Month, every day in our class is an opportunity to learn more about communities of color, more about our communities.

San Francisco Black Panther Party (Photo credit: Steve Rhodes)

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