Where do we see educational inequity in our schools today, and what are its historical underpinnings? Where do misunderstandings about achievement, intelligence, and fitness come from? What are the roots of intelligence testing and how do they impact us today? And, how do we as educators grapple with what this history means for our work in schools?
In the early 1900s, many people believed that eugenics, or “race science,” was a solution to social problems, arguing that protecting “racial purity” was essential in creating a healthy nation. Eugenics had a profound impact on American educational and public policies. We will consider how ideas of race and racism evolved during the Progressive Era, and explore how the legacies of this history impact educational inequity today. Participants will explore resistance to these ideas, reflect on what it means for their own classroom context, and be introduced to identity responsive teaching strategies to support educational equity and inclusivity.
While the materials used in this workshop are recommended for upper middle and high school students, the enduring understandings and content are valuable for all educators as it will help them more deeply understand the field in which they work.
In this workshop, you will:
Consider how the legacies of the “pseudo-science” of the eugenics movement contribute to existing inequities in educational policy and practice today
Generate ideas for integrating identity responsive pedagogy into your classroom
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
Receive a copy of Race and Membership in American History: The Eugenics Movement
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; and
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 3-6 week unit 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]