Choices in Little Rock: An Approach to Teaching the Civil Rights Movement

January 28, 2022
Choices in Little Rock

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Choices in Little Rock: An Approach to Teaching the Civil Rights Movement

This workshop has been moved to January 28th, 2022.

In 1957, nine black teenagers faced the threats of angry mobs when they attempted to enter Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The desegregation of Central High School ignited a crisis historian Taylor Branch describes as “the most severe test of the Constitution since the Civil War.” We will examine this key moment in U.S. history and learn new ways to engage students in the issues raised by the American civil rights movement and their implications today. 

Participating teachers will:

  • Learn current scholarship on the history of the civil rights movement through a case study method that focuses on human behavior and decision making.
  • Increase their ability to facilitate respectful classroom discussions on difficult issues such as race and racism, ethics, and justice in a way that invites personal reflection and critical analysis.
  • Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully.
  • Gain access to Facing History’s lending library, including related streaming video and multimedia; 
  • Receive classroom resources including a resource book, 5-week unit plan with C3-aligned summative assessment and informed action task. In addition, CPS educators will also receive a free class set of student guides and journals for each student (available in Spanish) and access to resources in Skyline.
  • Receive clock hours for full participation 

This will be a live virtual workshop via Zoom, with approximately one hour of pre-work to be done ahead of the live session.  This workshop is intended for upper middle school social studies educators. Priority will be given to Illinois educators. Independent evaluation has shown that implementing Facing History’s approach improves students’ higher-order thinking skills, increases students’ civic efficacy and engagement with civic matters, and increases students’ tolerance for others who hold contrary views from their own.

This workshop is directed towards educators in Illinois.

January 28, 2022
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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