In the early 1900s, many people believed that eugenics, or “race science,” was a progressive solution to social problems. Followers of eugenics argued that protecting “racial purity” was essential in creating a healthy nation. In the United States and around the world, eugenics had a profound impact on educational and public policies. Using Facing History’s resource book Race and Membership in American History: The Eugenics Movement, this workshop/seminar will explore how Americans defined citizenship and membership in the early part of the 20th century and the echoes and legacies of this movement today.
This seminar is recommended for upper middle and high school social studies, civics, and humanities teachers committed to implementing a four-week (or more!) Facing History unit. If you are a teacher at a Facing History Chicago partner school in a subject or grade level outside of these educators, please reach out to your program associate or email [email protected] about your interest in attending.
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.
In this seminar, you will:
Discover new teaching strategies, classroom activities, and multimedia resources that align with literacy-focused standards
Explore Facing History themes such as identity, membership, and participation
Consider how the legacies of the “false science” of the eugenics movement contribute to existing inequity in educational policy and practice today
Generate ideas for integrating culturally-responsive pedagogy into your classroom
Receive a copy of Race and Membership in American History: The Eugenics Movement
After this seminar, you will:
Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia
Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost.
Illinois Educators can earn 21 Clock Hours for full participation in this course.
Scholarships are available for CPS educators who commit to implementing a 4-6 week in their classes. Scholarships cover all costs except a $30 registration fee payable upon acceptance.
For questions regarding this professional development opportunity, please email [email protected].