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

Join us to examine the choices made during the 1957 desegregation of Central High School. Learn new ways to engage students in this history and connect it to civics lessons today. This event is in-person.

January 30, 2024 - January 31, 2024

Chicago, IL

Cost:  $25
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About this event:


Our multi-session professional learning series are designed for in-depth exploration of themes and topics that help educators strengthen their skills and competencies. Session information is included in the event details.


This professional learning event will be led by Facing History staff. When you register, you will receive instructions for how to attend the event.

This event qualifies for ISBE (Illinois).

If you are an educator based in Illinois, you may be eligible for up to 12 clock hours upon completion of this workshop.

Civics & Citizenship English & Language Arts History Social Studies
Democracy & Civic Engagement Human & Civil Rights Racism Resistance
Civic Education Social-Emotional Learning

In this two-day workshop, educators will:

  1. Engage with the history of the civil rights movement through a case study method that focuses on human behavior and decision making.

  2. 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.

  3. Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully.

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.

Facing History and Ourselves’ professional learning, resources, and inquiry approach help teachers consider how to address the requirements of the Illinois Teaching Inclusive History Instructional Mandates. Our content supports teachers to create classrooms where students engage in deep exploration of primary sources, teach history as a dynamic collection of many voices and to consider connections between history to today.

Who should take the course? 6th–12th grade US history, civics, humanities, and English/Language Arts teachers and curriculum specialists; Chicago Public Schools 8th grade social studies and humanities teachers (Skyline unit)

ISBE credits will be offered 

Breakfast and lunch will be provided, vegetarian options will be included.

This workshop will be held two days, January 30-31, in-person at the Erikson Institute.
Address: 451 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 6065

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