Introductory Workshop on the Zinn Education Project Including an Exercise for Teaching for Black Lives

Invitation for North Carolina Educators and Community Organizations

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm ET

North Carolina educators and community organizations are invited to attend an interactive, introductory workshop on the Zinn Education Project, which offers free lessons for middle and high school teachers on U.S. history. These lessons provide a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula. The lessons emphasize the role of working people, women, people of color, and organized social movements in shaping history. The Zinn Education Project offers professional development and supports Teaching for Black Lives study groups. With more than 125,000 educators registered at the Zinn Education Project website, and growing by more than 10,000 new registrants every year, the Zinn Education Project has become a leading resource for teachers and teacher educators.

The presenters and topics include:

Teaching People’s History 

Art by Ricardo Levins-Morales

Introduction to the Zinn Education Project resources and Teaching for Black Lives study groups by Jesse Hagopian.

Who Gets to Vote? Teaching About the Struggle for Voting Rights in the United States 

Hands on introduction to one of the Teaching for Black Lives lessons, an interactive lesson for grades 7+ on the long history of voter suppression and how people have fought for voting rights. Participants will experience a portion of the lesson, presented by its author Ursula Wolfe-Rocca, that they can adapt for their own use.

Bringing People’s History Into the Curriculum 

How to have a conversation with school leadership (or school board) and peers about bringing people’s history into the curriculum by Turquoise Parker.

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Guest Presenters

Ursula Wolfe-Rocca

Jesse Hagopian is a U.S. history teacher at Garfield High School, an associate editor for the social justice periodical Rethinking Schools and is the editor and co-editor of a number of books including Teaching for Black Lives. He plays a lead role at the Zinn Education Project in the Teach the Black Freedom Struggle campaign.

Turquoise LeJeune Parker is the vice president, Durham Association of Educators, a Durham Public Schools elementary teacher, and the N.C. Association of Educators National Education Association Director. Parker leads the Teaching for Black Lives study group in Durham.   

Ursula Wolfe-Rocca has taught high school social studies since 2000 and is on the editorial board of Rethinking Schools magazine. She has written articles and lessons on voting rights, redlining, deportations, COINTELPRO, climate justice, Red Summer, policing, the Cold War, and more. She is a full time writer and organizer with the Zinn Education Project.

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