Red Summer in Chicago for Chicago Public School Educators

March 9, 2021 to March 11, 2021
Red Summer in Chicago

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Red Summer in Chicago for Chicago Public School Educators

Join Facing History and Chicago Public Schools facilitators virtually to learn about the new Facing History and Ourselves’ unit The Red Summer in Chicago, which sheds light on a defining moment in Chicago’s history: a week-long episode of racial violence in 1919 that claimed the lives of thirty-eight people.

Though it was a watershed event in local history, the violence was part of a nationwide wave of racist violence against African Americans (and in smaller numbers, Mexican Americans) that occurred from April to November of 1919. The legacies of this “Red Summer” are essential to confront in developing an understanding of the systemic racial injustice, in general, and in the city of Chicago today.

In this interactive workshop, we will look at resources you can use to support students in an exploration of choices that Chicago’s politicians, community leaders, and citizens made during and in the aftermath of the violence. These choices presaged a century in the city’s history marked by racial inequality, discrimination, and protest and resistance—forces that persist in the fault lines of the city today.

Participants will:

  • Receive access to The Red Summer in Chicago Unit, part of the Curriculum Equity Initiative for 10th grade U.S. History
  • Connect the lessons from Red Summer to other units in the 10th grade scope and sequence (including Teaching Reconstruction and Reparations Won) and the CPS Inquiry To Action Framework
  • Engage with the resources with virtual pedagogy to support students in making connections between history and today

Who should take the course? CPS 10th grade US History teachers, Ethnic Studies teachers, African American History, Chicago History

Date: March 9, 10, and 11, 2021

Time Commitment: 4-5:30 CST each day, 90 minutes of additional reading.

Cost: Free. The registration fee and event fee for this online course have been waived thanks to generous funding from Facing History and Ourselves donors and partner organizations.

Format: Synchronous Online Zoom Workshop with additional reading to take place outside of the sessions. Details for joining the Zoom meeting will be shared by email prior to the event.

Clock hours (CPDU's) credits for Illinois-certified educators will be offered.

March 9, 2021 - March 11, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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