Teaching the Civil Rights Movement

Teaching the Civil Rights Movement

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Teaching the Civil Rights Movement

How do individuals and groups in a democracy organise to correct injustice? Join us for a two-and-a-half-day seminar that will use the desegregation of Central High School in 1957 as a case study to explore the US Civil Rights Movement and position you to help your students understand how change happens in a democratic society.

This seminar explores the teaching of US civil rights and race relations in Key Stage 4, highlighting Choices in Little Rock – the desegregation of Central High School in 1957, a defining moment in the American civil rights movement.

In 1957, nine black teenagers faced the threats of angry mobs when they attempted to enter Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Using our resource Choices in Little Rock, we will examine this key moment in US history and learn new ways to engage students in the issues raised by the American civil rights movement and their implications for both the US and the UK today.

During the seminar, we will explore topics within GCSE American twentieth-century unit options, including:

  • The legacies of segregation
  • Significance of the Brown v. Board Supreme Court decision
  • Little Rock, 1957
  • Freedom Riders and Anniston, Alabama

In this seminar you will:

  • Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that reinforce historical and literacy skills to support Key Stage 4 requirements
  • Explore topics within the Civil Rights Movement that address questions of justice, equality, and citizenship and speak to the goals of protecting and expanding democracy
  • Receive a free copy of Choices in Little Rock teaching guide

After this workshop 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, as well as invites to online and face-to-face workshops, webinars and seminars
  • Receive coaching and support as you plan and implement Facing History civil rights materials in your classroom
  • Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost

Scholarships are available.

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