Race and Schools: Past and Present

August 8, 2019
Race and Schools

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Race and Schools: Past and Present

Where do assumptions about race, achievement, and intelligence come from? Where do we see educational inequity in our schools today, and what are its historical underpinnings? The ideas of eugenics or “race science” in the early 1900s were positioned as 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 practice and other public policies. How do we as educators grapple with what this history means for our students and schools today?

We will consider how ideas of race and racism evolved during the Progressive Era, explore resistance to these ideas, and examine how the legacies of this history impact educational inequity today. Participants will be introduced to tools and resources to help them create classrooms that are responsive to the identities of their students.


In this workshop, you will:

  1. Generate ideas for integrating identity-responsive pedagogy into your classroom

  2. Engage with resources and activities to help connect history to your identity as a teacher

  3. Take away student centered teacher strategies you can use in your classroom to engage students

  4. Receive a copy of Race and Membership in American History: The Eugenics Movement

After this workshop, you will:

  1. Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia

  2. Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost

This learning and historical content are relevant for all educators to better understand the context of the schools they work in today.

Scholarships are available for CPS educators. Illinois Educators can earn 14 clock hours for full participation in this course. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Please contact [email protected] for information about scholarships or for any other questions.

Facing History and Ourselves
2 N LaSalle
2nd Floor Conference Center
Chicago, IL 60602
August 8, 2019 - August 9, 2019
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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