Featuring Deana Forbes, Josh Ebikwo and Erin Blake

Black History Month is a time to honor the contributions and achievements of Black Americans throughout history. It is also a time to reflect on the ongoing struggle for racial justice and equality in the United States. How can educators help their students learn about and appreciate the rich and diverse history of Black people in America?

On January 24, 2024, EVERFI hosted a webinar for educators to learn how you can use the recently updated 306: Black History course, a free and online curriculum for middle and high school students, to engage and inspire your students with history. 306: Black History brings history to life for students through immersive and engaging learning content that goes beyond just the facts of history, bringing out the themes, narratives, and geographic concepts that provide important context and frameworks for learners to analyze historical events.

Hear first-hand from the creators of the course, and one high school social studies teacher who has found many ways to successfully leverage the course in her school to inspire her students.

Register Here:  Webinar: Prepare for Black History Month to watch the webinar on-demand in its entirety or follow along with the transcript below.

Full Webinar Transcript

00:00:00 Erica Hart 

Welcome everyone again – as we prepare for Black History Month, we’re joined by some presenters that are going to be sharing some resources, lessons and activities for the classroom or that can be used during Black History Month, but also throughout the year as well. So if you’re joining us and have never heard of EVERFI. 

00:00:20 Erica Hart 

I want to take a quick moment and give you a quick overview of who we are at EVERFI and how we support whole child education across North America. So EVERFI offers free online lessons focused on what we call critical skills. 

00:00:35 Erica Hart 

Which are things that students may not encounter in core academic lessons like ELA and math, but they will need to have learned to be successful in life. So we aim to educate the whole child. So our courses help you engage students in topics like prescription drug abuse and alcohol abuse prevention. 

00:00:54 Erica Hart 

How to communicate effectively within a team, how to file your taxes or fill out a FAFSA application, managing mental wellness 

00:01:02 Erica Hart 

Building strong study habits and learning about lesser known stories in American history – and so we’re able to bring all of these resources to you at no cost to your school or district with the help of local and national sponsors. So everything that we shared today on all the EVERFI lessons you’ll receive. 

00:01:21 Erica Hart 

Free access to all of our resources during and after this webinar. 

00:01:28 Erica Hart 

All right. And then just a couple of highlights from the benefits of EVERFI with our library of over 40 standards-aligned courses. They also have accompanying activities and resources. These lessons are also. 

00:01:47 Erica Hart 

Fulfill the ESSA federal requirements for Tier 4 evidence of efficacy. 

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And there’s real time. 

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Reporting so that you can now or you can. 

00:01:59 Erica Hart 

You can measure. Excuse me- Measure students baseline knowledge and growth throughout the lessons, and then our team here. I used to be on that team, but our team here is we have team members all over the country that help teachers every step of the way through on demand. 

00:02:19 Erica Hart 

Training , professional learning events and even one-on-one trainings that are available for you as well. 

00:02:28 Erica Hart 

Alright and then we work with networks all over the country  um really all over the world as well, but we here are just a sampling of some of the professional organizations that we partner with to bring these resources to a kind of a wider audience (including AVID, Jump$tart, Pear Deck, JAG, ACTE, Canva for Education). 

00:02:49 Erica Hart 

So you hopefully see some I would say. 

00:02:53 Erica Hart 

Familiar logos on there. You know, my previous school I worked at was an AVID school and if you’re an educator, I feel like I I love, love, love, love Pear Deck and Canva so much. All right, so I am going to enough talking for me. I am just your host. But I would love to introduce. 

00:03:14 Erica Hart 

Our presenters today I’m actually going to let them go ahead and introduce themselves quickly and then we’ll get into the meat of the program. 

00:03:28 Erin Blake 

Good afternoon. My name is Erin Blake. I’m also a former educator. I’m now a K12 Principal Learner Experience Strategist at Everfi. 

00:03:38 Josh Ebikwo 

Good afternoon everybody. My name is Josh Ebikwo and I’m a Product Manager at Everfi where I build courses in early literacy, financial literacy, black history, among other things. 

00:03:50 Josh Ebikwo 

Happy to be here. Thanks for having me. 

00:03:53 Deana Forbes 

Good afternoon everybody. My name is Deana Forbes. I’m currently a Social Studies teacher out in Northern Virginia, and if you guys hear any coos and aahs behind me, I have a 7 month old who is a pretty active, but it’s nice to be here with you guys. I specialize in black history and U.S. history and helping educators incorporate Black stories into various subjects. 

00:04:25 Erica Hart 

I was like, oh, oh, sorry, sorry. Josh, if you want to take away the agenda, go for it. 

00:04:30 Josh Ebikwo 

Sure. Well, thank you so much everybody for joining us today. I’m really excited to share a bit about, alongside my colleague Erin, the 306: Black History course. 

00:04:42 Josh Ebikwo 

That we released recently launched. So today, we’ll just talk a bit about the importance of black history education as a kind of starting point to set the tone for our conversation today. And then we’ll talk a little bit about the course itself, how it was developed and how it can be used. And then from there, we will talk about how. 

00:05:02 Josh Ebikwo 

You can get started with black history with 306: Black History

00:05:09 Josh Ebikwo 

And we can go to the next slide. 

00:05:14 Josh Ebikwo 

So before we get started with talking about the course itself. I wanted to set the tone with some comments on Black History Month itself. So, as many of us may or may not know, Black History Month was actually launched by Carter G. Woodson, who was a. 

00:05:33 Josh Ebikwo 

Venerated historian, who, among other things, founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in Chicago in 1950. 

00:05:44 Josh Ebikwo 

He launched Negro History Week in 1926 in the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, both of which who are covered in the black history course. 

00:05:59 Josh Ebikwo 

Black History Month is a it’s a fantastic opportunity for us to observe black influences on our history, our society and our culture. Black people have impacted global culture in so many ways. 

00:06:14 Josh Ebikwo 

In this course, we speak specifically about American culture, but Black History Month is a great opportunity to observe. 

00:06:22 Josh Ebikwo 

The impacts of our black brothers and sisters around the world. 

00:06:25 Josh Ebikwo 

Secondly, Black History Month, it encourages us to kind of examine the experiences of black people historically and contemporarily as we work to collaborate to kind of form a more perfect union. Some of these, a lot of these experiences are really happy. Some of them are not as happy. But I think examining this picture as a whole really helps us figure out ways that we can work together to create the world that we want to see and. 

00:06:52 Josh Ebikwo 

Of course, Black History Month is not complete without a lot of rejoicing, a lot of celebration and just offering gratitude to the giants who came before us. 

00:07:06 Josh Ebikwo 

So, in terms of talking about the importance of black history education itself, there are three really important pillars that I think as the team developed the course, we kind of had in mind. And the first was that black history education improves positive representation. 

00:07:24 Josh Ebikwo 

For black students. In our course, we cover black historical figures who were military leaders, entrepreneurs, engineers, poets, physicians, farmers and everything in between and beyond. And I think this is really important because for a large part of our. 

00:07:46 Josh Ebikwo 

Target audience, which is students from 9th through 12th grade. They’re really just kind of striking out on this journey of kind of discovering their passions and interest in transitioning into kind of determining career path. 

00:07:59 Josh Ebikwo 

And for many of those students, some of the professions I just named, they might not know anybody in their personal life or in their community who holds those positions. So, giving these, these students, people to look up to and kind of chart their path with an example of we think that’s really important to you know, helping to develop the leaders of tomorrow. 

00:08:22 Josh Ebikwo 

Secondly, black history education really fosters the ideals of inclusion and cohesion. I think the way we present black contributions, but also and more importantly, perspectives. I think it just gives non-black students. 

00:08:42 Josh Ebikwo 

A window into an experience that is not their own, and I think this really goes a long way in developing empathy, which is really important in a globalized world. I mean, lastly, I think black history education helps all students form a more complete understanding of historical and contemporary American Society. 

00:09:00 Josh Ebikwo 

And as we develop these students into the leaders of tomorrow, we want them to have an eye on how they can use the information that they gain in this course and in other courses to really envision a society that they want to create. 

00:09:16 Josh Ebikwo 

And this all kind of serving the goal of creating a more equitable society overall. 

00:09:23 Josh Ebikwo 

So when we built the course, we had two main goals in mind. And the first goal was to create a technically engaging course, so the original black history course with which some of you may have used was about 8 years old at the time that we decided to renew it. And so there were a number of technical hurdles that we had to resolve. 

00:09:43 Josh Ebikwo 

And we worked with a fantastic engineering team who helped us resolve those things, but we also wanted to take an opportunity to make sure that the course was as engaging as it could be for all students. So, to that point, I mean, we’ll cover some of this a bit later, but we introduced new components, a couple of new approaches to like reflection and. 

00:10:06 Josh Ebikwo 

Additionally, we included 18 videos, or I think it’s 14 videos, actually, seven of which were completely new to the course. And so we packaged this all up in a new course that we believe is really engaging for, for learners, which is one of our key goals here. And the second was that we wanted to balance historical accuracy with educator safety. Around the time we began this refresh, there was national 

00:10:36 Josh Ebikwo 

Backlash against the Advanced Placement African American studies. 

00:10:41 Josh Ebikwo 

Course, which we learned that there were a few teachers in some of our key markets that were actually losing their jobs and their teaching licenses, etcetera for teaching content that was deemed unlawful in those markets. So we wanted to make sure that as we built this course, we would not compromise on the historical. 

00:11:01 Josh Ebikwo 

Accuracy of the information that we were covering, but we’ve also, you know, educator safety was paramount for us. We wanted to make sure that anybody who is using this course will be able to do so safely and without any fear of any negative repercussions. 

00:11:18 Josh Ebikwo 

And with that, I will pass the mic over to my colleague Erin to discuss our approach to writing the content for 306. 

00:11:26 Erin Blake 

Thank you Josh for setting that important context. I’m going to go into what the updated and expanded content looks like in 306 to help you have a better idea of how to use it in your classrooms. So one of the things we noticed right away is that in the previous course. 

00:11:43 Erin Blake 

We hadn’t really explained very well why the course is named 306: Black History. What does this 306 mean? So we’ve made a point in this course to make sure that learners start out the course understanding what the number 306 means to black history. It’s the room that Dr. King stayed in most frequently at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. 

00:12:05 Erin Blake 

It’s the name of a very important group of writers and artists during the Harlem Renaissance, and it’s the date that the Dred Scott decision was issued on March 6 (3/06). 

00:12:14 Erin Blake 

6:00 so it has a lot of important connotations in black history when we thought about what content would be updated and added, we looked to a number of things our own internal research as well as learner feedback and teacher feedback. We’ve been collecting feedback from users for many years, and so we had a wealth of information. 

00:12:35 Erin Blake 

To be able to bring to that in terms of what types of interactions should this be how? How can we increase engagement? 

00:12:43 Erin Blake 

As well as what is missing in this course that learners and teachers would really like to see. On top of that, we had guidance from subject matter experts who worked with us the entire way in terms of the content inclusion, the wording and the engagement 

00:13:01 Erin Blake 

As we go along and as Josh mentioned, we had a legal review for all of the content as well to ensure that anything we were putting out would not in any way jeopardize any teachers or students for using this content in the classroom in states where there’s legislation related to black history instruction. 

00:13:26 Erin Blake 

So there are two brand new modules. If you have used 306 before, there were formerly 4 modules and we now have six as well as a 7th around a capstone project. One big piece of feedback. 

00:13:42 Erin Blake 

That we heard from all sides was that no black history course should be starting with the transatlantic slave trade, which is where we started previously, so we included a new module called West Africa and the Age of Global Transformations to begin the course. 

00:13:58 Erin Blake 

And then we brought it more into current time with the new module: Beyond the Civil Rights Movement. The other modules still have most of the same content, but we’ve added more content to make sure that they’re a more comprehensive picture of those events and periods in time. We also recognize that we have covered a lot of ground in this course hundreds of years of content, hundreds of years of history, and we’ve implemented a time 

00:14:31 Erin Blake 

line for each of the starts of those modules to help learners be able to place that history within the context of time in comparison to one another module, in comparison to other historical events that they know. 

00:14:47 Erin Blake 

And the final project is a research project, completely different from the previous capstone project, that helps students think about black history within their own cities, states, communities, regions to help make those connections to black history, no matter their background, to really deepen understanding of black history being American history. 

00:15:11 Erin Blake 

And as Josh mentioned, there are videos for all of these modules. All of them have at least one, but most of them have three to four videos that are short and engaging. 

00:15:24 Erin Blake 

So there are two new elements to this course that I wanted to point out. Josh had mentioned our intentionality around reflection and engagement. We’ve built in two reflection points in all but one of the modules, there is a reflection point at the midway of the module, as well as at the end to serve a couple of purposes. 

00:15:50 Erin Blake 

One if used independently, learners have an opportunity to step back from the learning and reflect on what they’ve just learned and how it connects to themselves or other history or information that they’ve learned. It can also provide an opportunity for in-class collaboration and discussion. 

00:16:09 Erin Blake 

It also offers more flexibility to teachers in terms of how they utilize this course over one class period or multiple class periods. 

00:16:16 Erin Blake 

So we hope that these intentional reflections are useful both for students and for teachers, and then the supplemental lessons that were in the previous course have been revamped and added to. So, there is a supplemental offline lesson for every every module. 

00:16:37 Erin Blake 

that includes a Lesson plan that would take about one class period, as well as a number of learner resources and teacher resources to support that. This is a picture one of my favorites that’s around. 

00:16:51 Erin Blake 

Looking at the history of black musicians and how their influence may be apparent in the musicians that students love today. 

00:17:06 Erin Blake 

So as we mentioned, we know this course and this presentation is about getting ready for Black History Month and we think this is a wonderful resource to be able to support that. But we also really hope that this is a course that is being used across the school year across content. 

00:17:21 Erin Blake 

The modules can be used independently. Learners do not have to access them in order, so it’s possible for teachers and learners to be able to use these wherever it makes the most sense, integrated into other content. So if there’s a world history course that is covered in World War II, there’s 306 content on that. If it’s a U.S. history course that’s talking about the Civil War, there’s 306 content on that. 

00:17:48 Erin Blake 

So we really hope that this is useful content to be used year round to really show integration of black history into world history. We also continue to utilize primary source documents. One of my favorites is pictured here. I know it’s probably hard for you to see, but it’s the speech that Rustin, uh 

00:18:10 Erin Blake 

Bayard Ruston gave at the March on Washington the demands of the March – and what I like about this one. Yes, what I like about this one is that we not only have the writing, but we actually have the original audio here. So learners are not only reading the content, but they’re hearing the voice of the person who spoke these words. 

00:18:33 Erin Blake 

So we’ve tried very hard to make sure that the content we’ve included here is high interest, high engagement. Hopefully, they’re hearing some stories they haven’t heard before, learning about some people they haven’t learned about before, and they’re able to connect that to the things that they do already know. And we hope that this also drives curiosity. 

00:18:53 Erin Blake 

That students want to learn more, that they discover something new to them, and we’ve provided resources along the way for additional learning if students so desire. 

00:19:04 Erin Blake 

That connects to the Capstone Research project that I mentioned. We’ve provided a number of resources in those supplemental materials to allow students to look for additional learning on their own or with the guidance of their teachers. And then we wanted to point out an extension course. 

00:19:24 Erin Blake 

Which is 306: Continuing the Story. This is a companion course to 306: Black History that touches on some other topics such as black business titans and black contributions to medicine and. 

00:19:38 Erin Blake 

Is a very useful resource. 

00:19:43 Erin Blake 

So Josh and I are going to share a little bit about how we thought about design in this course to support student learning. And I’m going to share a little bit about the animations. So I know these are still images, but in the course, they are actual animations. And so we put animations in here to help students better understand the content so. 

00:20:04 Erin Blake 

For example, when learning about the transatlantic slave trade, this is an interactive map that will allow students to see what this actually looked like in terms of geography to make connections to the geography of what they’re 

00:20:20 Erin Blake 

Learning. When they’re learning about the Montgomery Bus Boycott as they learn about each event that took place during the boycott, they’ll see it linked to actual places within downtown Montgomery. And when learning about the West African empires and the Saharan trade routes. 

00:20:40 Erin Blake 

They’ll see the borders of different empires as they rose and fell, as well as the trade routes across West and North Africa into South southern Europe and into the Middle East. And what types of items were being. 

00:20:53 Erin Blake 

traded. There are also animations included for the Harlem Renaissance as well as the Freedom Rides, so we tried to include these animations throughout the course to support student learning, and then Josh is going to talk a little bit about imagery and illustrations. 

Imagery and Illustrations in 306

00:21:10 Josh Ebikwo 

Thank you so much, Aaron. So when it comes to assets, we have three main kinds of of historical assets. So on the screen, we can see two. 

00:21:20 Josh Ebikwo 

Of them, we have historical photography and historical imagery, so the and all of this is sourced from Getty Images. on the left hand side you can see an image here and we we selected images like this and these images are specifically used in our modules relating to the 20th and 19th centuries. 

00:21:42 Josh Ebikwo 

But we use this imagery to really bring to life the present day experiences of the black people that we are studying in the module. I think imagery is one way to really engage students, so we lean fully into this. In addition to that, we use historical imagery and the imagery that we use. 

00:22:02 Josh Ebikwo 

for modules pertaining to the 19th and 18th, and in some cases the 17th century 

00:22:09 Josh Ebikwo 

These are engravings, wood prints and images of that sort. One of the things that our design team was really cognizant of is that a lot of the images from that time period contained a high degree of implicit bias. So we wanted to make sure that the images that we selected were not caricatures. 

00:22:28 Josh Ebikwo 

Whether they were accurate representations of the conditions that black people at the time were experiencing, I mean, if we go to the next slide, we can see the third kind of image, which is historical illustration. 

00:22:41 Josh Ebikwo 

So specifically for our first module, which is West Africa and the age of global transformations of dealing with the medieval period of Africa, there aren’t really any surviving historical images of the people of that time. So our design team did extensive research. 

00:23:01 Josh Ebikwo 

To understand how the people of this time period may have looked not just in general but in terms of, based on contemporary sources, the different tribes and kingdoms would have dressed, and so you can see examples of this on the screen. 

00:23:17 Josh Ebikwo 

We combine these illustrations with actual images from things of things from that time period, such as coins. There are images of mosques and other buildings, and even some historical documents that altogether kind of neatly tie up this idea of Africa and the age of global transformations. 

00:23:37 Josh Ebikwo 

And brings it to life, especially in appear in that might be difficult to visualize otherwise. 

00:23:45 Josh Ebikwo 

And again, there are videos that go along with with this content, and these illustrations are used in these videos as well. 

00:23:55 Josh Ebikwo 

And we can go on to the next slide. 

00:23:57 Josh Ebikwo 

And I would like to first and foremost thank everybody for your time and attention today. There are just three things I’d like to, you know, leave you all with. And the first is that black history education is so important for our youth, for positive representation among our youth, and for really fostering the ideals of cohesion, empathy and inclusion. 

00:24:19 Josh Ebikwo 

We believe these ideals will help us develop leaders of tomorrow, and that’s what we’re about here at EVERFI. The 2nd is that the course is built on the idea of reflection and engagement, and we really want this course to help develop their perspectives of these students, not only of black history but of the world at large and how they can contribute to it. 

00:24:40 Josh Ebikwo 

And lastly, this course is best used throughout the school year to be a supplement to the regular historical curriculum. Thank you all so much for listening, and Erin and I would like to take any questions from the audience if there are any. 

00:25:04 Erica Hart 

Yes, thank you so much. Yeah, if audience, attendees, if you have any questions at all for the team that created this course, you can go ahead and either drop them into the Q&A or into the chat. 

00:25:19 Erica Hart 

And we will. 

00:25:22 Erica Hart 

And we’ll have our team here to answer. 

00:25:33 Erica Hart 

Amazing. All right, well, first question that came in, I promise. We did not plant this person in here is then how do we get to this program? And actually after we hear from our our educator presenter. 

00:25:50 Erica Hart 

Deana, we will. I actually walk you through the registration process, but if you’d like to get a head start and click on the handout, the educator Quick Start guide, you are more than welcome to multitask and and kind of register for your free EVERFI educator account and you can access those lessons. But I will be walking us through that process here. 

00:26:11 Erica Hart 

All right, looks like we have a question. 

00:26:16 Erica Hart 

Here from Charlene. And I think actually I can also answer this one. What are the requirements to utilize this great course material for a community organization? Charlene, you can actually also with community organizations and this content is also free for you to use. And so when. 

00:26:34 Erica Hart 

You register for your educator account. You can either there’s a few options if you search your community organization, it might already be in our system. It’s sometimes pretty good chance it might already be in our system. So I would test that one out first and see if it’s set up as a quote UN quote school. 

00:26:51 Erica Hart 

After if it’s not in the system, you can choose an option of ‘Can’t find my school’ and then you can drop in kind of a custom what what the organization’s name is. Or you can always set it up as a home school account as well. 

00:27:07 Erica Hart 

So those are three options for you for if you are joining us from a community organization, I would like to either preview or access the content. But yes, great question. Thank you so much. 

00:27:26 Erica Hart 

All right. 

00:27:36 Erica Hart 

Amazing. Looks like we have a question from Angela. 

00:27:42 Erica Hart 

I’m going to actually I’ll post this to our product team and then they might be able to guide us some to some other resources as well and later on. But I will might revisit this question. But in terms of the Harlem Renaissance 

00:27:54 Erica Hart 

it looks like Angela has used the Jim Crow era lesson in the past as a reference any would there be specific lesson kind of with the new format that you would either of? 

00:28:06 Erica Hart 

You would suggest. 

00:28:07 Erin Blake 

There is a whole unit on the Harlem Renaissance, and it’s expanded from what it was before. It also goes into the Great Migration and its impact on the Harlem Renaissance. So I would suggest using that module if you’ve not used it before, it is updated and expanded. 

00:28:24 Josh Ebikwo 

And in addition to that Erin, there is an updated video to go along with that content as. 

00:28:28 Erin Blake 

Yes, and I believe the supplemental material for that module also is around the Harlem Renaissance. 

00:28:48 Erica Hart 

All right, well. 

00:28:50 Erica Hart 

Attendees, if you have any additional questions for our product team presenters, they I believe they are going to hop off here in just a minute or so. And but please feel free to drop them into the chat and if there’s anything that we can’t answer, we’ll definitely follow up with you after the webinar. 

00:29:09 Erica Hart 

We’ll have your support, our support team follow up with you and answer any questions that you have. Maybe either content specific or. 

00:29:17 Erica Hart 

These were specific awesome. Thank you so much. Thank you so much, Josh and Erin for joining us and sharing some insight and some background kind of behind the scenes of this course launch. And it’s always been one of my favorite courses. And so I’m just so excited that it got the some much needed updates. 

00:29:37 Erica Hart 

It’s really exciting and beautiful updates as well, so thank you. 

00:29:42 Josh Ebikwo 

Absolutely. Thank you so much for having us. 

00:29:43 Erin Blake 

Thank you for having us. We’re excited about this course too. 

00:29:49 Erica Hart 

All right. So we are going to transition slightly. We did want to bring in our just an educator perspective to this conversation this afternoon because I know that as we are I’m talking about. 

00:30:07 Erica Hart 

Black History Month and we are sharing our resource. It is not the only resource out there. So I would love, I’m going to let Deana take it away and I will stop talking here. 

<An Educator Perspective on using 306 in the Classroom> 

00:30:20 Deana Forbes 

Awesome. Thank you, Erica. I hope everybody’s doing good and I know time is of the essence, so I won’t be before. 

00:30:26 Deana Forbes 

You guys well. 

00:30:27 Deana Forbes 

But if you are able to in the chat, just let me know if you’re a teacher, what subject do you teach that will kind of help me out a little bit as I’m making some different recommendations and while you guys are doing that, I’ll kind of introduce myself a little bit like I told my students. Like I always tell my students it’s really hard for me to just start. 

00:30:48 Deana Forbes 

You know, jumping in and teaching somebody something or talking about something without introducing myself, right? 

00:30:54 Deana Forbes 

So my name is Deana. My students call me Miss Forbes. My friends and family call me Dee. I have my Masters in teaching, secondary education, social studies, and within that degree I have really taken a like in and specializing in black history and. 

00:31:13 Deana Forbes 

What really influenced me to do that is not only first of all, I grew up in Virginia, OK? So just let that sink in. If you know anything about Virginia, sometimes we end up on the national news, right? But I grew up in Virginia. 

00:31:30 Deana Forbes 

And I know that at various stages of my education, black history looked different. When I was younger, you know, we learned about Martin Luther King Junior and Rosa Parks. When I got to middle and high school, the standards that we were learning, which are actually ironically the same standards that I teach as a teacher,  I noticed that you know just some parts of history seem to be missing. For example, we learned about the Civil War, right, and we learned that over 4 million people of African descent were enslaved. But we never learned what happened to them after the Civil War. Reconstruction, right, was totally skipped over. 

00:32:10 Deana Forbes 

And so if it wasn’t skipped over, we were taught ohh it was a failure. Ohh it was, you know, horrible. But now as an adult and as someone who is a scholar 

00:32:19 Deana Forbes 

of black history. I have learned that that is totally not the truth, right? And so I’ve taken, you know, just a really strong liking to be able to teach the truth. 

00:32:30 Deana Forbes 

And teach history, even if it is hard and you know, I’m confident that I do a pretty good job because students always tell me. Thank you, Miss Forbes, for really taking the time to teach us the black history that we did not know. Now, if you teach, you know, different subjects, you might ask yourself how do I incorporate Black history all year long? If I teach English, if I teach math, etc.? I’ll be able to kind of give you guys some recommendations. 

00:32:58 Deana Forbes 

Based on that, but I do see here that we have Miss Arlene. You have people on your team that teach math, that teach English, special education. OK, we got some different people from different walks of life, so that’s pretty good. And by the way, just a little disclaimer, again, if you guys see me rocking because I’m holding a baby, so. 

00:33:17 Deana Forbes 

I’m on double duty. I I got off of work and came home and had to get the baby all settled. So it’s it’s a nappy nap time so. 

00:33:29 Deana Forbes 

Now I will say I see that I have some people who may teach 2nd grade all the way to 10th grade. OK, I will say that some of the things that I’ll be giving ideas about mostly come from the 6-12 background, but I’m sure I can kind of in in my mind think along the way of some things that can help for the younger generations. I know that there are countless activities. 

00:33:49 Deana Forbes 

And resources out there. But that’s just a little bit about me. I have two babies I actually. This is the third bullet point actually just changed as of Monday. So I was on maternity leave for like 7 months y’all. So I was enjoying. 

00:34:02 Deana Forbes 

Just time with my baby and I actually just returned to work on Monday, so I am teaching United States Virginia history last year and the year before that, I taught United States, Virginia history and African American history, ran all the Black History Month programs at my school. And so I’m really excited to just share with you all some ideas on how you can. 

00:34:23 Deana Forbes 

Not only celebrate Black History Month, but also incorporate it into the subjects that you’re teaching all year long. 

00:34:35 Deana Forbes 

OK, so these are these slides here, right? Are just these are kind of some ideas that I shared when we went over financial literacy and how we can kind of partner financial literacy and black history together. One of the things that I would say you know the easiest thing to start with is let’s say you teach. 

00:34:55 Deana Forbes 

History, right? You teach U.S. history. 

00:34:58 Deana Forbes 

When I notice that our Virginia standards of learning, excuse me, were low key, no high key whitewash, right? Let’s just be let’s just put the the the name to it, right? And I remember maybe five or six years ago when I first started. 

00:35:19 Deana Forbes 

Teaching that curriculum to high schoolers, you know, officially. 

00:35:23 Deana Forbes 

I felt the proper way. You know? I felt like, OK, why is there nothing here about the black power movement or the Black Panther Party? Why do you know? Why does the standards portray Rosa Parks as just this meek and quiet, lady, when in real life she was a firecracker and she was not new to this. 

00:35:43 Deana Forbes 

OK, so I knew that there were some gaps and so my goal has always been to take the pieces that I do have in the curriculum and figure out, OK, how can I ass the teacher and as the educator 

00:35:56 Deana Forbes 

make sure that I share black stories? That’s that’s a big thing, right? Especially in history. You know, that means we’re using our primary sources. We’re we’re reading maybe, you know, we’re looking at documents and things like that. And so, you know, let’s say you’re teaching U.S. history and you’re teaching the American Revolution. Typically speaking, when you learn about the American Revolution. 

00:36:16 Deana Forbes 

There’s not a whole lot of black historical figures that you probably aren’t about, but what if you ask your students to research James Armistead? 

00:36:25 Deana Forbes 

Right. Or Peter Salem or Crispus Attucks, all black men who play some role in the American Revolution. 

00:36:34 Deana Forbes 

Right. I love how the product team stated and and made sure that they took into account some feedback that educators give that no history class should start off with slavery, right? Because black people have history before slavery. And so I love that they added that course. And you know the. 

00:36:54 Deana Forbes 

Courses, obviously are really good resource 306, the awesome resource for you to be able to. 

00:37:00 Deana Forbes 

Implement in your class. Because I think sometimes as educators we can get overwhelmed thinking that we have to reinvent the wheel all the time. But the truth of the matter is we don’t. And we, you know, I don’t know everything. We don’t know everything. So how awesome is it to have organizations that have created things that you can easily implement without feeling like you have to know everything, right? You could facilitate discussion. 

00:37:21 Deana Forbes 

and you know all of the the footwork it’s done for you, so definitely. 

00:37:26 Deana Forbes 

The course is great, but there are also a lot of other resources. I know National Park Service has a great lesson that you can use where your students actually interview a black Revolutionary War hero and draw a stamp to commemorate them. That’s something that I do with my students very, you know, interactive and fun thing for them to do. 

00:37:47 Deana Forbes 

Let’s say you teach Spanish and you know you want to do something for black history, but you’re not sure. Well, have your students maybe choose from a long list of Afro Latinos. 

00:37:56 Deana Forbes 

And give a presentation about them in their lives, or make a plaque to honor them. You can use the same thing across a government class. the US government class have students go and, you know, find out who were congressmen and women from a certain time period and figure out a way to. 

00:38:17 Deana Forbes 

Honor them right? Maybe make a classroom poster or wall outside of the room. 

00:38:21 Deana Forbes 

Of if you have access to that kind of space and make it a celebration, right, we want to celebrate the accomplishments and the achievements of African Americans, but also celebrate culture. I have a game that I play with my students during Black History Month and all year long called Black Culture Bingo that is on, you know, my website. I also have a lesson. 

00:38:42 Deana Forbes 

On the Harlem Renaissance, that is a project that my students complete. It’s a research project. I include a long list of different names and people from the Harlem Renaissance and the awesome thing about the Harlem Renaissance. You guys is not just for history class. 

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00:38:58 Deana Forbes 

That can be for music class. You can explore the how the Renaissance and the music class in an English class. You can do that any time of the year. Study the different poets, study the different musicians. That is an awesome topic and I’m glad that let’s see who asked about the Harlem Renaissance. Miss Angela, thank you for you know. 

00:39:18 Deana Forbes 

Mentioning that because not only is the Harlem Renaissance a lesson that you can easily incorporate into. 

00:39:25 Deana Forbes 

Other disciplines, but it’s also so much information out there about the Harlem Renaissance – the Harlem Renaissance actually helped me as an 11th grader. I remember falling in love with Zora Neale Hurston and the book ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God. Why? Because my teacher had us reading. 

00:39:45 Deana Forbes 

That book, right? a book written by black author. And so sometimes we feel like, you know, do I have time to do this or you know is it is it going to be super hard? 

00:39:54 Deana Forbes 

And I would say. 

00:39:55 Deana Forbes 

It doesn’t have to be right you can. 

00:39:59 Deana Forbes 

Just weave these things into your curriculum all year. 

00:40:02 Deana Forbes 

Right. We don’t have to just wait till February. 

00:40:06 Deana Forbes 

And I think we, you know all. 

00:40:07 Deana Forbes 

Are are pretty aware of. 

00:40:08 Deana Forbes 

That if you teach finance, if you teach business. You can talk about Black Wall Street. You can have your classroom build their own black Wall Street, right? That’s what this particular slide here is is kind of going over. Students can create their own Wall Street. Put them in groups, tell them, hey, you got these financial literacy terms that you need to define, investment, interest, etc. Now you need to build your. 

00:40:32 Deana Forbes 

Businesses, right? build your own class on. 

00:40:34 Deana Forbes 

Wall Street taking principles from Black Wall Street or black history, right, and incorporating them into your classroom in that sense. Have them research, you know, Tulsa, Tulsa, OK. And Black Wall Street before it was destroyed. Right. Because it was a very prosperous. 

00:40:52 Deana Forbes 

Community and sometimes you know, people aren’t aware of that, but it was very prosperous. They had an ice cream shop, they had a Barber shop, they had grocery store and even Durham, you know, Durham, NC same thing also. 

00:41:07 Deana Forbes 

Black Wall Street. These are things that we can most certainly incorporate into our yearly curriculum, and I know that it’s possible because I do it myself and I sometimes get, like, super excited and I. 

00:41:22 Deana Forbes 

Have to like slow my roll. 

00:41:24 Deana Forbes 

And let’s say you do all of these things. 

00:41:26 Deana Forbes 

Already, right? Let’s say you feel like you already implement these things in your classroom. If you’re ready to take it to the next level. I can speak on that too. 

00:41:36 Deana Forbes 

Because after teaching it and having such a heart for incorporating black history all year long in my classroom, I said, OK, how can I allow this to spill over into the school environment, right? And you don’t have to do this, but it’s just ideas for people. If you’re a little extra like me, my colleagues called me Dextra because my name is Dee and I’m extra. And that’s OK, you know. 

00:41:56 Deana Forbes 

And and I own that would be an extra, but for the past two years I’ve hosted a black history. My program at my school where students engaged in all different types of activities. We have poetry. We had a gospel choir. We had. 

00:42:13 Deana Forbes 

You know, students doing different things like African dances. And it was amazing. And the kids, you know, we had the band, our band, does HBCU style marching. So we had the band. We were in the auditorium. You know maybe you can try to during Black History Month host some theme days maybe try. 

00:42:33 Deana Forbes 

Do it for the culture day. Do it for the culture day. We we know that that’s, you know, black colloquialism, right? Do it for the culture. OK, but guess what? Everybody can be included in that. 

00:42:44 Deana Forbes 

Right when we first hosted that at my school, my school is made-up of mostly 75% Hispanic, and then the 25% is mostly a mixture between, you know, West African and Asian, right. And the turn out was amazing. You know, people came to school with their cultural dress on I saw. 

00:43:03 Deana Forbes 

The girls in Ethiopian attire it was awesome, right? And so that’s, that’s one of the great things about, you know, really celebrating black culture is that it also gives the the room for other cultures to feel, you know, a part of the principles that we like to espouse community and joy and, you know, love and appreciation for one’s culture. So maybe you can try that one. 

00:43:26 Deana Forbes 

One year we did a Sunday best day, so you had to come to school, dress with your best Sunday attire. It was. 

00:43:32 Deana Forbes 

Awesome. And so I say all that to say, those are those are things that you can do outside of the classroom that could really spill out into the school, which then spills out into the community and also. 

00:43:43 Deana Forbes 

The biggest biggest biggest thing that I hope you understand from making this effort is that students will likely really appreciate it. You may feel limitations if. 

00:43:52 Deana Forbes 

You teach at a school that’s, you know, not diverse. Maybe you teach at a school where. 

00:43:55 Deana Forbes 

It is predominantly white. 

00:43:56 Deana Forbes 

Right, I’ve been there too, and I had to move according to, you know, my environment. But when I noticed that, you know, February had came and there was no mention of Black History Month from the front office or anything. I went to the principal. I was actually a student teacher. 

00:44:13 Deana Forbes 

I went to the principal and I said hey principal, I know that you have a, you know, busy and you got a lot on your plate. Let me help you out. Do you mind if I provide the front office with a list of Black History Month facts with that someone can read each day of. 

00:44:28 Deana Forbes 

February? And he said. 

00:44:30 Deana Forbes 

I never thought about doing that, awesome. Let’s do it. So I gave it to him and he read the announcements every day. A different fact about a black historical figure. And he said, thank you for doing this because I recognize that we don’t, you know, really talk about, Black History a lot because our population is mostly white. And I said, I definitely. 

00:44:50 Deana Forbes 

Understand it. But if you’re a teacher in that scenario, you can normalize, you know, sharing black stories in your curriculum, just make it seamless. You know, if they’re learning about historical figures, go ahead and include some, some, some black people, you know, people go, they don’t have to be the same people that they typically hear about. But making that effort, I think, kids. 

00:45:10 Deana Forbes 

Really appreciate it. And celebrating culture definitely puts kids in a position where they feel seen and heard, and that is what I believe is so important as educators or those of us who work with 

00:45:24 Deana Forbes 

Children. So I know I’ve I’ve been going in, but I’ll. I’ll slow down a little bit and you know, we do have a question for you all. You know, if this session has sparked any new ideas, maybe for black history and your learning environment, what does that look like for you? So if you’re able to in the chat, just let us know, you know. 

00:45:44 Deana Forbes 

Now have I sparked you? Has our our product team sparked you to think about new ways that you can incorporate black history in your learning environment? and I will go on mute. 

00:46:02 Erica Hart 

Well, thank you, Deana. This was. 

00:46:06 Erica Hart 

So great, I I would say I thank you for sharing. Just really I would say bite sized ways that you could include black history into the curriculum whether it being with you know a specific lesson, but also just kind of weaving it into every single day lessons and I think. 

00:46:25 Erica Hart 

That that is. 

00:46:26 Erica Hart 

So impactful and so great. 

00:46:30 Erica Hart 

And yeah, so we posed a question to the audience. If you could chat in, we’d love to hear – just what are some ways that either you already incorporate black history into your curriculum throughout the school year? ,Or what ideas did either you pick up on or 

00:46:49 Erica Hart 

hear about today ?that what, what kind of stuck out to you is something you’d like to incorporate into either your classroom or a community engagement meeting or something along those lines? 

00:47:02 Erica Hart 

We would love to kind of. 

00:47:04 Erica Hart 

Hear what you all are leaning into. 

00:47:14 Erica Hart 

I’m going to practice my the former educator and I’m going to practice a little bit of wait time here, so give folks everybody a chance to answer. 

00:47:26 Erica Hart 

And while we are waiting for some answers to come in. 

00:47:31 Erica Hart 

If you would like to stay connected with Miss Forbes, my goodness, I obviously a wealth of knowledge there. Please follow her on her social media accounts (@socialstudiesscholar). She is, as you can see, wonderful speaker. 

00:47:48 Erica Hart 

And has presented. 

00:47:49 Erica Hart 

With us on our virtual conference and on webinars. So if you’d like her to come speak to your school, the virtually one person or deliver professional development, you can reach out for collaborations and bookings at [email protected]. 

00:48:13 Erica Hart 


00:48:28 Deana Forbes 

And I and Erica, I’m good to stay on. If anybody has questions about whether it’s content or just anything, you know, if you have limitations or challenges or you’re wanting to know how you can incorporate something into in your subject, I’m definitely willing to stay on and and. 

00:48:45 Deana Forbes 

Answer those questions again. Yes, my e-mail is [email protected] and I’ll also type it in the chat if. 

00:48:52 Deana Forbes 

That makes it easier too. 

00:48:58 Erica Hart 

Yeah. And for those of you who are still with us, I am going to walk through if you are wanting to walk through the registration process, I will walk through the registration process here in about, I’ll give us about another minute. The reason why I say just to be perfectly transparent, the reason why I say another minute is because I. 

00:49:18 Erica Hart 

Can hear my son’s bus. 

00:49:19 Erica Hart 

Just stopped outside of our house. 

00:49:21 Erica Hart 

So I’m going to. 

00:49:24 Erica Hart 

Let him in our home and we’ll be back in about a minute. 

00:49:27 Erica Hart 

To walk us through the registration process. 

00:49:32 Deana Forbes 

So my you guys my when I try to type in [email protected] in the chat it thinks that I’m trying to at one of you so it won’t let me type at Gmail but it’s up there ([email protected]). I’m back teaching now so I will, you know, be at the computer often. 

00:49:52 Deana Forbes 

So if you guys ever want to connect, or if you, you know would like a speaker for black history, or maybe you work with the youth and you want someone to come in that you know is is doing work in black history education or even to share their story, I’m definitely open to that. I have a pretty, pretty cool story to share. 

00:50:12 Deana Forbes 

I was a student athlete at a PWI and I ended up. 

00:50:16 Deana Forbes 

Getting pregnant with my first son in college and had a whole journey where I I took a break and then came back and I ran and ran back, ran faster than I did before I went on return. You know, before I had him. So I definitely, you know, if you want to stay connected and you just you need a speaker for the youth or anything related to black history definitely stay connected with me, please. 

00:50:43 Erica Hart 

All right. Wonderful. Thank you so much, Diana. I mean, if you have any questions for Deana, she’s gonna stay on for a couple more minutes. But I am going to go ahead and walk us through the registration process for the EVERFI resources so that you can preview and get started. And so I’ll take that away. 

00:51:04 Erica Hart 

Here we go so. 

00:51:08 Erica Hart 

So other fine just. 

00:51:09 Erica Hart 

To reiterate, we are our resources, our entire library of courses are available at no cost and then can be accessed by educators in the United States and Canada and really across North America. I saw with Mexico City on here. So that is you are also included in that. 

00:51:28 Erica Hart 

I’m really all over the world so you can self register today or you can watch the recording and and self register as well so. 

00:51:39 Erica Hart 

Definitely I will help you get set up along the way and hopefully just ready to go so. 

00:51:45 Erica Hart 

Let’s walk through the steps. 

00:51:47 Erica Hart 

So first couple of ways if you’d like to register on your phone and you’re more than welcome to scan this QR code or open up another tab on your browser and navigate to. 

00:51:59 Erica Hart and that will take you to the new teacher registration. 

00:52:09 Erica Hart 

Tab, or website excuse me. 

00:52:30 Erica Hart 

And then if you are also, if you’re a visual learner and and would like to follow along with some written instructions, in the bottom left hand corner of your screen you have a handout called the EVERFI educator Quick Start Guide. This will walk through the exact same steps that I’m walking through here. 

00:52:52 Erica Hart 

All right – and I also dropped that website into the chat. So once you have navigated to the registration page, you will be prompted to create your account. So the first step would be to enter your country 

00:53:14 Erica Hart 

Then find your school by state or province. 

00:53:20 Erica Hart 

You fill out your profile and use your school e-mail. 

00:53:30 Erica Hart 

If you have any questions during the registration process as well, you please, feel free to drop those questions into the chat. 

00:53:51 Erica Hart 

If your district is connected to EVERFI at, if your district is connected to EVERFI via Clever or ClassLink, and you can actually get started using your SSO, we will be an app within your Clever or Class:ink portal. So to. 

00:54:09 Erica Hart 

To access EVERFI via your Clever or ClassLink portal, you just select the EVERFI app on your SSL homepage. 

00:54:17 Erica Hart 

And then you’re already in. It automatically syncs your account, so this is fantastic and you are ready to go explore courses and you can click on details to learn more about particular courses and and then if you are not a school district, you can if you go. 

00:54:37 Erica Hart 

If I go back. 

00:54:38 Erica Hart 

When you click create your account. 

00:54:41 Erica Hart 

And you’ll choose your country. And then if you cannot find the organization, yes. Thank you, Karen. If it does not show up as a school or district, then right underneath the school name or ZIP code drop down menu, you’ll see a link that says ‘can’t find your school’ 

00:55:02 Erica Hart 

And then it says click here and it might be kind of small for you, but it’s right next. 

00:55:06 Erica Hart 

To the blue button that says next, there’s a link that says click here and you can fill out information for your particular organization. 

00:55:26 Erica Hart 

All right and. 

00:55:27 Erica Hart 

Then once you have created your profile. 

00:55:33 Erica Hart 

You will be ready to. You’ll be on your teacher home page and you’ll be ready to explore our library of resources. So to access the library of resources, you will click on the ‘Explore courses’ tab on the top left of your screen. Again, after you have either registered. 

00:55:53 Erica Hart 

or logged into your educator account. 

00:55:58 Erica Hart 

Once in the Explore courses page, you will see a listing of all of our resources that are available – over 40 now. A lot more since I started and but you can filter them, so that’s nice so you can filter the courses by grade, topic and even language. 

00:56:18 Erica Hart 

And then to find out more about a particular course to find those lesson plans, standards alignments, just course, like course outlines all the teacher goodies. I always said teacher goodies live under that course details button you can click on details to. 

00:56:37 Erica Hart 

Learn more about the lessons. Get overviews, lesson plans, but you can also preview the course, so if you just want to see what the course looks like, what the experience looks like for a student, click on the details button on that course tile and that will give you the option to preview the course as a student would see it. 

00:56:59 Erica Hart 

So when you are on that explore courses tab, the two particular courses that we talked about today, they might most be most interested in would be our brand new newly updated 306: Black History course. So you’ll see, I know we talked in great detail about the course. 

00:57:17 Erica Hart 

That each lesson, 6 lessons about 50 minutes each, and a capstone project at the end. So again, when you are clicking on the Explore courses, you can filter the topic would be history. 

00:57:33 Erica Hart 

And you will get. It will narrow down the listing of courses to and you’ll see 306: Black History should be an option if you’re looking for Spanish translation for this course, or if you’re looking for this course to be available in Spanish, it is coming. We wanted to get the course out as soon as possible. 

00:57:52 Erica Hart 

So Spanish translation was delayed just slightly. 

00:57:55 Erica Hart 

But it will. 

00:57:56 Erica Hart 

Be ready in March of 2024. 

00:58:01 Erica Hart 

And then also our product team, Josh and Erin, they mentioned the companion course to 306: Black History, which is 306: Black History – Continuing the story, I was a business teacher, so I always use, I really enjoyed the lessons. 

00:58:21 Erica Hart 

On Black Wall Street and the Golden Age of black business and I particularly would have used that in the class if I had still been in the classroom. But I know that’s I always shared it with my. 

00:58:33 Erica Hart 

Business teacher friends and business business teachers that I worked with and and I I think it’s a really great lesson. Great way to incorporate untold stories from different different fields either in medicine or business, and just some really great great great resources there. 

00:58:52 Erica Hart 

Well, actually I’m going to. 

00:58:53 Erica Hart 

Go back one because I saw in the. 

00:58:56 Erica Hart 

Chat that there was a. 

00:58:59 Erica Hart 

We had a dance teacher. 

00:59:00 Erica Hart 

Here, here, that was joining us and then there is a lesson, not lesson six of 306: Black History does dive into a little bit of Alvin Ailey. So I just wanted to make sure I wanted to make sure to point that out. I meant to point that out earlier, but just wanted to make sure that there’s a little something for everybody. 

00:59:21 Erica Hart 

No matter what you what you’re teaching. 

00:59:24 Erica Hart 

Here. All right, so if you are you logged in, you’re, like walking around or navigating the platform and you have questions, really, if it’s, if you’re spending more than a couple of minutes. Great. Nadia, I’m glad. I’m glad I saw that. 

00:59:43 Erica Hart 

If you’re having questions or you’re just taking you more than a couple minutes to find something in the EVERFI platform, we want you to know that we’re here to help. So we have continued ongoing support. 

00:59:57 Erica Hart 

With our resources to hopefully help you easily get your questions answered and find quick solutions for you. So first off, couple ways to find us. once you’re logged in, if you click on the support button, this is to access our Technical Support center. If you are like to try to figure out things yourself, that was always me. 

01:00:17 Erica Hart 

And before I ask somebody on, there’s tons of articles in there about how to, you know, create classes, how to fix, fix something. So really great articles and blog posts in there and videos. 

01:00:31 Erica Hart 

To help you kind of self-service and then if you have direct questions, if you’re like, I don’t have time. 

01:00:38 Erica Hart 

To fix this myself, I want to reach out to my EVERFI team. You can reach. You can e-mail them directly, which will you have the specific regional EVERFI team that will be there to assist is linked in, the e-mail and you can click on that. 

01:00:52 Erica Hart 

link. E-mail your EVERFI team to get a part of your support team to answer your questions really, really quickly. You can also click on the contact us on the educator dashboard in the bottom right hand corner of your screen during business hours. There is a live support person that will be able to answer tech. 

01:01:16 Erica Hart 

Related questions that is in the bottom right hand corner to contact us and then also in the if you are looking for that Resource Center that Technical Support center. 

01:01:28 Erica Hart 

Resources – they also live in the bottom left hand corner under the question mark, which again has videos, articles, guided walk throughs – just again really great place to kind of teach yourself how to navigate the dashboard as well. Awesome cool and then also under that support tab there is available. 

01:01:48 Erica Hart 

Scholarship opportunities. So if you are looking for particular scholarship opportunities for your students, we have our partners provide over hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of scholarship opportunities for students every year. So check those out under scholarship opportunities. There’s really some really great things for your students in there as well. 

01:02:08 Erica Hart 

If you are looking at this and you’re like, wow, this is really cool, but I can’t use it. You can also invite other educators and so recommending our digital courses is super easy. You can do that by clicking the invite a teacher button, again up in the oh, sorry. It’s in the top right corner. It’s kind of hidden under part of that. 

01:02:30 Erica Hart 

Support tab drop down but in the top right corner you can invite a teacher or coworker. If you are at a community organization and fill out the form, just telling them what what you would like to recommend. 

01:02:43 Erica Hart 

And then if they use if the teacher that you invite is new to EVERFI and uses a course with their students, I think it’s at least four or five. We will send you a $15 Amazon E gift card donation as a or E gift card donation to your classroom or community organization. 

01:03:03 Erica Hart 

Just for sharing the love. 

01:03:06 Erica Hart 

All right. And then last but not least, our digital platforms and some of our courses also. 

01:03:11 Erica Hart 

have classroom engagement opportunities connected to them. And so if you’re looking at any particular course and there is a link that says interested in a classroom engagement opportunity, this is an opportunity to talk directly with or have invite a financial planner to your classroom to talk with your students live. 

01:03:32 Erica Hart 

Or you could just have celebrations of learning, learning extension webinar discussions. 

01:03:40 Erica Hart 

Lots of, really cool engagement opportunities are existing within the platform as well, so make sure to utilize those if if you see them within your teacher dashboard. 

01:03:51 Erica Hart 

All right. And then like I’ve mentioned several times in the bottom left hand corner of the screen is the Black History Month toolkit. This is – our team put this together to kind of help you. 

01:04:07 Erica Hart 

Just come up or just have, like, a month’s worth of lesson plans all around the 306: Black History course and additional resources. 

01:04:16 Erica Hart 

But this toolkit helps you prepare for Black History Month and helps you incorporate black history across content areas, not just social studies, or not just history, and then really helps foster conversations about black history all year long, because again, Black History Month is a great time to. 

01:04:36 Erica Hart 

Honor and celebrate contributions of black Americans throughout history, but it is really important part of history, and so there’s some something that we should be talking about and. 

01:04:49 Erica Hart 

And the sorry, I’m sorry. Something we should talk about all year long. Oh, Tana, I’m wondering if the setting is different for your screen. If you actually. OK on the right hand side of your screen if you are not seeing. Thank you so much for letting me know if you are not seeing the handout in the bottom left part of your screen. 

01:05:10 Erica Hart 

If you are not seeing any handouts, they actually are also living in. If you’re looking on the chat panel, if you see a link that says handouts, we will have the Quick start guide for educators and the Black History Month toolkit linked over there on the right. 

01:05:29 Erica Hart 

Hand side actually also going to drop in the direct link. 

01:05:34 Erica Hart 

To the toolkit for you. 

01:05:47 Erica Hart 

All right. And that link that I just chatted in should also take you directly to the website to download the Black History Month toolkit as well. Sorry about that. 

01:06:08 Erica Hart 

Alright. And so let’s say in addition to these, these lesson plans that you can incorporate it any time throughout the rest of the school year. 

01:06:20 Erica Hart 

We do also have some live upcoming learning events, so we have some I I want to highlight. 

01:06:27 Erica Hart 

Our Black History Month learning events, but I do also want to keep show you the learning events that are coming. 

01:06:35 Erica Hart 

Up that are just for other resources that we have as well. So if you are, if you are teaching something that your class is interested in, financial literacy, we’ve got some, we have 1:00 tomorrow. If you’re ready to get your class started on our FutureSmart or Smart Economics, middle school, financial education course. We have some student workshops tomorrow that you’re welcome to join live or even just watching. 

01:06:57 Erica Hart 

And see what they’re all about. But we get students started on a resource and then have a debrief discussion after students get started. 

01:07:08 Erica Hart 

We also on Fridays we’re starting something new this year with five Friday, we will be alternating our middle school and high school financial literacy courses at yours class can join on any Fridays on the calendar and. 

01:07:24 Erica Hart 

Lots of time options. 

01:07:25 Erica Hart 

Available, but again, we’ll get be getting your classes. 

01:07:27 Erica Hart 

Started and debriefing on relevant topics. We will also be having a Black History Month student workshop where we will walk through, walk your class through getting registered into the student registration process and working through the lessons and then debriefing after the fact. And then we’re having a special event. 

01:07:47 Erica Hart 

Four, to celebrate Black History Month with at actually the International African American Museum in Charleston. The event will be live, but we will also be streaming it to educators, so more information to be coming on that. But you can view our entire calendar of virtual learning events at the website. 

01:08:06 Erica Hart 

I will check that in here in a second, but I do want to make sure that we go through the next steps here. So next steps for you all download that Black History Month toolkit. 

01:08:21 Erica Hart 

Make sure to stay connected with Miss Forbes. I’ve got her social handles, handles on the next slide. Again, explore the FI dashboard and plan your lessons and reach out to your local ever file support. If you have any questions at all, I am going to leave. 

01:08:40 Erica Hart 

Miss Forbes, contact information on here. But I’m actually also, let me get that calendar of events link for you. I’m going to. 

01:08:51 Erica Hart 

Drop it into the chat. 

01:09:13 Erica Hart 

So if you were looking for any of the upcoming learning events. 

01:09:19 Erica Hart 

They I just dropped the link into the chat as well. 

01:09:38 Erica Hart 

Yes, Charlene, I am actually. 

01:09:41 Erica Hart 

I will send you an e-mail or if you want to stay on after we say bye after I say bye, I might be. 

01:09:49 Erica Hart 

Able to help you one. 

01:09:49 Erica Hart 

On one here live, but I could also send you an e-mail if we can’t get it figured out. Live here for you. 

01:09:57 Erica Hart 

All right. Amazing. Awesome if you are. 

01:10:06 Erica Hart 

If you would like to, if you haven’t already, also follow us @EVERFIK12 we’ve got a big crew that are currently at. 

01:10:16 Erica Hart 

A big crew at FETC and they’re smiling, happy and very warm in Orlando, but we also follow us on our social channels, follow along with them and. 

01:10:29 Erica Hart 

They will be posting some live content from from FETC, so follow along in the fun there and maybe be a little pretend we’re a little bit warmer. 

01:10:40 Erica Hart 

Than we are going back to. 

01:10:48 Erica Hart 

Miss Forbes e-mail address it is scholar dot Diana. 

01:10:53 Erica Hart 


01:11:00 Erica Hart 

Or if you follow her, you can follow her and her on her social media handles @SocialStudiesScholar 

01:11:09 Erica Hart 

Showing my age from Big Instagram fan. 

01:11:14 Erica Hart 

And so I follow her on Instagram. 

01:11:23 Erica Hart 

Awesome. And last but not least, I want to take a minute to thank you all so much for joining us this afternoon. A lot of information, so be on the lookout in your inbox and you will have a professional learning certificate, but you will also have a recording to this webinar so that I know. 

01:11:42 Erica Hart 

That miss Forbes. 

01:11:44 Erica Hart 

Dropped a lot of really, really, really great. 

01:11:47 Erica Hart 

Ideas. So I want to make sure that you all get get an e-mail. You get 2 separate emails, one with the learning certificate and one with the recording and so be on the lookout for that. If you cannot find that in your e-mail within 48 hours or two, two to three business. 

01:12:07 Erica Hart 

Please, you will be able to if you go back to that community calendar and the recording will be also available on the on the calendar as well. If you don’t see that come through your inbox. 

01:12:17 Erica Hart 

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much for joining us. Thank you to our presenters for the fantastic information. So excited about the brand new 306: Black History course and thank you all so much for everything you do as educators and hope to see you again soon. 


About the Webinar Featured Presenters: 

Deana Forbes, Social Studies Curriculum Designer, The Social Studies Scholar. Deana Forbes, MAT has a background as a high school social studies teacher. Specializing in helping teachers incorporate Black History, stories and joy into their existing curriculum, she founded Social Studies Scholar. When she is not creating curriculum, she enjoys spending time with her 2 sons Grayson and Cayden.

Josh Ebikwo, K-12 Product Manager and Erin Blake, K-12 Principal LX Strategist are EVERFI employees who helped design and create the 306: Black History course content.