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Building A Curriculum

Planning Through the Lens of the Black Historical Consciousness Principles: Africa and the African Diaspora

In teaching African American studies—specifically, content centered around the concept of Africa and the African diaspora, Dr. LaGarrett King of the Carter Center for K–12 Black history education at the University of Missouri, asserts that Black history did not begin with enslavement and that in order to understand Africa and its people, its descendants, we have to acknowledge and be open to exploring the similarities and differences of Black histories and cultures from a global perspective.

Planning Through the Lens of the Black Historical Consciousness Principles: Power and Oppression

The study of Black history (and ethnic studies more broadly) is rooted in a critical consciousness. Cultivating a “critical consciousness” in teachers and students is important in the development and delivering of ethnic-studies-based course material and lessons. Critical consciousness can be defined as “the ability to recognize and analyze systems of inequality and the commitment to take action against these systems.”

According to Paulo Freire (author of Pedagogy of the Oppressed), developing such consciousness is “what allows people to act—or in this instance, teach—for the humanization of society.” The Black historical consciousness principles help both students and teachers develop a critical consciousness applied to Black history, past and present.

How to Use Active Classroom to Differentiate Instruction for All Students

November 24, 2021 By LaTonya N. Amboree

The Thanksgiving holidays are fast-approaching, and I am excited. This is the time of year when I get to cook some of my favorite seafood dishes for friends and family. As I plan the menu for roughly thirty people, I have quite a bit to consider:

Using Cinderella to Teach How History and Culture Change Over Time

October 12, 2021 By Kay Gandy

The story of Cinderella is a timeless tale including elements of magic, misfortune, love, and the universal struggle of good versus evil. The themes from the story appear in the folklore of many cultures.

10 Hispanic Americans to Celebrate and Teach this Month

October 6, 2021 By Monet Hendricks

September 15th marks National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is a time to celebrate the culture and recognize specific achievements throughout history.

Understanding Public Lands as a Way to Teach Geography

September 16, 2021 By Kay Gandy

The public lands of the United States cover more than six hundred million acres and include national parks, national seashores, national wildlife refuges, wilderness areas, national forests, monuments, select lakes and seashores, underground mineral reserves, marine sanctuaries, historic and scenic trails, and national grasslands.

Twenty Years Later: Teaching September 11th

September 9, 2021 By Monet Hendricks

The twentieth anniversary of September 11, 2001, is this year, and although it is a sensitive topic to teach, coming together as a class to commemorate the event can lead to profound learning and impactful lessons in unity and empathy. Because September 11 is lived history, meaning that many educators today lived through the events and may have even lost family or friends to the tragedy, it requires immense consideration and responsibility to teach the topic to today’s youth.