This is a blog for parents and educators to share information, about how to support our children in Bay Area Public Schools. As an involved parent, I am interested in moving “beyond the bake sale”, to support our academic success for all children. By becoming informed and asking questions we can create public schools of the highest quality — I encourage you to join in on the conversation! [Click the heading to learn more.]

You may know about Alice Walker, as the acclaimed author of The Color Purple. But are you aware of her other work as a poet and essayist and activist?

This is an amazing resource for parents or educators wanting to share the richness and diversity of our African-American history and experience through artistic quilts.

Actress Alfre Woodard performs a very moving piece from black abolitionist, and former slave, Sojourner Truth who delivered an impromptu speech before a gathering of feminists in Akron Ohio in 1851.

How do you make sure you are celebrating Black History in a way that values a people’s cultural contributions within a social and historical context?

This is a great visual history of social dance, highlighting some of the amazing contributions African-Americans have made in creating American culture.

OK… so in case you didn’t know… black people invented stories. Seriously! It’s true! You can read about it by learning about one of my favorite folktale heroes… Ananse the Spider

How did Black History Month come about? Why do we celebrate Black History in February? Is it still relevant today?