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Choices in Little Rock

We will examine this key moment in U.S. history and learn how to engage students in the issues raised by the American civil rights movement and their implications today.

December 06, 2022 - December 08, 2022

Virtual

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About this event:

Multi-Session

Our multi-session professional learning series are designed for in-depth exploration of themes and topics that help educators strengthen their skills and competencies. Session information is included in the event details.

Both

This professional learning event will be led by Facing History staff and also contains portions that are self-paced and delivered virtually. When you register, you will receive instructions for how access and participate in the event.

This event qualifies for ISBE (Illinois).

Up to 7 clock hours (CPDU's) for Illinois-certified educators will be offered for full participation.

In this one week workshop series, teachers will:

  1. Learn current scholarship on the history of the civil rights movement through a case study method that focuses on human behavior and decision making.

  2. Increase their ability to facilitate respectful classroom discussions on difficult issues such as race and racism, ethics, and justice in a way that invites personal reflection and critical analysis.

  3. Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully.

In 1957, nine black teenagers faced the threats of angry mobs when they attempted to enter Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The desegregation of Central High School ignited a crisis historian Taylor Branch describes as “the most severe test of the Constitution since the Civil War.” We will examine this key moment in U.S. history and learn new ways to engage students in the issues raised by the American civil rights movement and their implications today.

Independent evaluation has shown that implementing Facing History’s approach improves students’ higher-order thinking skills, increases students’ civic efficacy and engagement with civic matters, and increases students’ tolerance for others who hold contrary views from their own.

Who should take this workshop series: This unit is intended for implementation in 8th grade Social Studies. Priority will be given to participants from Chicago Public Schools but applicants from across the country are welcome to apply.

This is a multi day event starting on December 6, 2022 to December 8, 2022 from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM CST.

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