Celebrating Black History Month at Aspen Academy

Brita Gaeddert

Walking around the halls of Aspen Academy this month students have been greeted by quotes from Martin Luther King, rotating celebrations of Black historical figures, and additional Black history content in our lessons. We pride ourselves in integrating Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice into our continued work and education but enjoyed shining a spotlight on this history this month.


There is so much information available about celebrating this month lives, so we wanted to provide a few resources to support your own reflection. Jessie Skipwith, Director of Elevate and JEDI shared some resources for us for further exploring:

  1. Get started here looking at the origins of Black history month from the History Channel.
  2. We are all here to support and grow our children so next we highlight this resource about How to Talk to Kids About Race.
  3. Still not sure how to incorporate everything you’re learning in your daily life? See Bryan Stevenson talk on How We Arrived Here and insight from leaders of color on the Power of Representation.
  4. Lastly, we want to look at the future of racism especially in The World After Coronavirus with Ibram X. Kendi.

Look for more on Women's History Month in the coming weeks!

About the Author

Brita Gaeddert

Brita Gaeddert, Full Time Substitute

Brita started working with school-aged children as a camp counselor and creator of a summer Drama Program. She then worked for six years at Empower Retirement and ACCESS Destination Services gaining knowledge in client focused implementation and project management. Now, Brita is eager to be a member of the Aspen Academy community, using her varied experience to help students live their mission of excellence in academics and personal growth. Brita loves yoga, biking, concerts, and homemade pizza with her husband, Ben, and their hound dog, Murphy. Brita earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics with a Minor in Music (voice) from Linfield University. She is currently pursuing her Master of Education degree in Elementary Education.


B.S., Economics, Minor in Music (Voice), Linfield University