How does society rebuild after extraordinary division and trauma, when the ideals and values of democracy are most vulnerable?
The Reconstruction era, most commonly viewed as the period from 1865 to 1877, was a monumental struggle for freedom and democracy in the face of violent backlash. The study of the Reconstruction era in American history is essential to an understanding of citizenship and democracy in the United States today.
During this online seminar, you will examine this significant period in US history, when Americans were faced with the challenge of restoring a nation amid the social and political upheaval of the Civil War. You will learn to teach about the Reconstruction era using an approach that helps students connect this history to their own lives and the choices they make today.
By the end of this seminar, you will be able to:
- Plan and implement a unit of study, built on the Facing History methodology, that focuses on the Reconstruction era of American history and the challenges of creating a just democracy in a time of deep division
- Use key resources and teaching strategies to help students explore the idea that democracy can only remain vital through the active, thoughtful, and responsible participation of its citizens
- Use historical and contemporary examples to develop students’ understanding of Reconstruction’s legacy and the importance of presenting an accurate account of this era
- Use new teaching strategies that help students interrogate texts, write and think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully
- Learn how to facilitate respectful classroom discussions on difficult issues such as racism, bigotry, and other forms of exclusion in a way that invites personal reflection and critical analysis
Taking place between Monday and Thursday over one calendar week, each offering is a real-time, interactive online classroom where participants will connect in facilitated whole and small group sessions. We estimate a time commitment of up to four hours a day for synchronous and asynchronous sessions.
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