Teaching Brown Girl Dreaming

December 2, 2021
Teaching Brown Girl Dreaming

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM ET
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM CT
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM MT
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM PT

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Teaching Brown Girl Dreaming

Join us for a workshop on teaching Brown Girl Dreaming by New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Woodson. Brown Girl Dreaming, a memoir written in free verse, recounts stories from Woodson’s childhood growing up in segregated Greenville, South Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York, during the 1960s and 1970s. Using the text as a lens to explore identity and belonging, participants will examine factors such as individual choices, society, family, place, education, opportunity, and faith in shaping identity. Teachers may explore the ways in which their classrooms contribute to the identities of their students and how their own identity is shaped by their teaching and their students.

We plan to complement this workshop with a virtual conversation with author Jacqueline Woodson on February 2, 2022. Educators who attend this workshop will be encouraged to invite their students to participate in this virtual conversation.

In this workshop you will:

  • Explore Facing History’s new resources: Centering Student Voice and Choice: A Book Club Guide and Fostering Civil Discourse, to equip educators with the tools needed to foster reflective, safe and brave spaces for their book discussions;
  • Experience interdisciplinary teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and participate in civil discourse on related topics;
  • Engage in a study of the long history of racial injustice in America, with a focus on the Great Migration and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s; and
  • Understand Facing History’s approach to Teaching for Equity and Justice, Civic Engagement, and Social Emotional Learning in the context of teaching Brown Girl Dreaming.

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 online tools; and
  • Receive an invitation to participate with your students in the virtual author speaker event on February 2, 2022 with Jacqueline Woodson.


Who should take this course: 6-12th grade English language arts, humanities, and social studies teachers and curriculum specialists.

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.

Workshop Schedule: Thursday, December 2, 2021: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET (see in your time zone)

Duration and Time Commitment: 4 hours with breaks.

Pacing: Facilitated synchronous live learning sessions in Zoom.

Accessibility: Facing History is committed to creating and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive educational environment for educators of all abilities. If you have an accessibility need, please contact us at support[email protected]

Certificate of Completion: Awarded upon successful completion of the workshop for 4 professional development hours. Requirements for professional development hours vary by state. It is the educator's responsibility to ensure that they are meeting the requirements of their state. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information.


This event is at full capacity. To be placed on a waitlist or to receive follow-up resources and email notifications of related opportunities, please register.

December 2, 2021
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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