Teaching People’s History

Solicited by the Zinn Education Project
Endorsed by the OAH Committee on Teaching

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Type: Workshop

Tags: African American; Civil War and Reconstruction; Teaching and Pedagogy


Pre-registration required | Limited to 40 people

Middle and high school teachers will explore people’s history lessons that use a range of strategies and resources including mixers, poetry, primary documents, film clips, problem posing, and critical literacy. The examples will include stories from resistance to slavery, Reconstruction, and the civil rights movement with lessons such as “Poetry of Defiance,” “Reconstructing the South,” and “Stepping into Selma.” There will also be a critical literacy activity with children’s and young adult literature about each historic period. There will be time after each lesson for teachers to brainstorm adaptations for their classroom and to discuss questions, concerns, and related resources.

Session Participants

Presenter: Cierra Kaler-Jones, Communities for Just Schools Fund/Teaching for Change
Cierra Kaler-Jones, Education Anew Fellow, Communities for Just Schools Fund; Ph.D. student in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership at the University of Maryland, College Park studying minority and urban education

Presenter: Deborah J. Menkart, Zinn Education Project
Deborah Menkart, executive director of Teaching for Change and co-director of the Zinn Education Project. Co-editor of Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K–12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education and Staff Development and Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching.

Presenter: Judy F. Richardson, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Legacy Project
Judy Richardson, SNCC veteran; series associate producer for the PBS series Eyes on the Prize; co-editor of Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC (University of Illinois Press, 2010). See: https://snccdigital.org/people/judy-richardson/ 

Presenter: Jessica Rucker, EL Haynes High School
Jessica Rucker, High School U.S. History Teacher, E. L. Haynes Public Charter School, Washington, D.C.