What does an education that honors all students look and feel like? In this two part online series, participants will explore Facing History’s rich primary sources that can be used to create a Civil Rights unit for in person or remote teaching. The series will equip teachers with discussion strategies and historical background materials on school desegregation efforts in Little Rock, Chicago and LA. Producers of the podcast School Colors will join us for the second session to discuss contemporary connections to the legacy of the struggle for equitable education in New York City.
This series will take place over two 90 minute sessions:
Session 1: Choices in Little Rock
December 3, 3:00 - 4:30pm
In this session we will introduce Facing History’s Choices in Little Rock unit, which focuses on efforts to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957—efforts that resulted in a crisis that historian Taylor Branch once described as "the most severe test of the Constitution since the Civil War." Participants will have an opportunity to explore and engage with the unit through various discussion and teaching strategies aimed at preparing teachers for implementing a Civil Rights unit using the crisis at Little Rock as a case study.
Session 2: Then and Now: The Fight for Equitable Education
December 10, 3:00-4:30pm
In this session we will explore other moments in the Civil Rights Movement and the fight for equitable education, including the Chicago Public School Boycott of 1963 and the L.A. School Walkouts of 1968. We will also be joined by the producers of the documentary podcast, School Colors. They will share how their series explores “how race, class, and power shape American cities and schools.”
After this workshop, you will:
- Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of online educator resources, including units and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia
- Be able to download publications and access some of our streaming videos through our online lending library
Note: An asynchronous assignment will be given in between sessions.
Recommended for 8th - 12th grade U.S. History and Humanities teachers. CTLE hours and certificates of completion will be provided upon participation and completion of both parts of the series.
This workshop will be held via Zoom. Details for joining the Zoom meeting will be shared by email prior to the event.