Preparing to Teach Black History Month: Classroom Strategies for Engaging Students

Preparing to Teach Black History Month

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Preparing to Teach Black History Month: Classroom Strategies for Engaging Students

The struggle to end racial segregation and exclusion has left profound legacies in US society, as well as in the UK. Facing History & Ourselves invites you to our back-to-school educator workshop on Thursday 11th October. In celebration of Black History Month, how can we help our students appreciate the efforts made to remember and memorialise this history and its struggles? What connections can we make to the ongoing experience of racial prejudice and discrimination in the UK today?

We know that many of you are looking for classroom strategies to engage your students, to create a more safe and inclusive climate, and to navigate difficult conversations during lessons. Using a key moment in US Civil Rights history as a backdrop, we will explore questions of legacy, remembrance and memorialisation.

We will be joined at the workshop by historian, author, curator and educator, Lonnie G. Bunch, who is the Founding Director of the Smithsonian National African American Museum of Culture and History in Washington, D.C.

We will:  

  • Model how to create a safe and reflective space for dealing with difficult topics

  • Explore the legacies of the US civil rights movement

  • Consider the impact of this history on the way we teach and remember black history in the UK today  

  • Provide you with interactive strategies and lessons which you can use to help students explore questions of legacy and memorialisation

  • Highlight resources featured in our new Standing up for Democracy scheme of work, supporting citizenship, PSHE and history education in school   

You will leave with new resources and pedagogy to use straightaway in the classroom. It is also a great opportunity to reconnect with colleagues you have met at previous seminars and workshops and do bring along any colleagues you feel would be interested in the work we do.

Following the workshop, you are invited to join us for an evening in conversation with Dr. Bunch, co-hosted by the Black Cultural Archives, Facing History & Ourselves and University College of London.

UCL Culture
Room 339, Rockefeller Building
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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