Teacher Webinar with Teaching Tolerance, Thursday March 19: Civil Rights and Identifying Bias and Perspective

The Civil Rights Act of 1964, the conditions that led to it and its legacy are the subjects of a four-part webinar series the Library’s education specialists are co-facilitating with Teaching Tolerance.  Join us for the third hour-long webinar on March 19 at 4 p.m. EDT. We will engage in a model primary source analysis; learn from Teaching Tolerance about five essential practices for civil rights education; and hear two educators from Glendale, Wisconsin reflect on strategies that help students build understanding about the complexity of the civil rights era.

Kelly Saunders and Mark Schill, both 11th Grade American Studies Teachers at Nicolet High School, in Glendale, Wisconsin will share exemplary teaching strategies and resources related to the civil rights movement.

Kelly Saunders attended the Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute on Civil Rights in 2014. Both Saunders and Shill have taught for 20 years and have collaborated for the past 15 at Nicolet High School. They developed a unit using Library of Congress primary sources and focused student discussions on “conflict, identity and place” related to the civil rights movement. “We know that it is important to teach that all the answers aren’t known…but that you need to search for answers. The story is in the primary sources – these people, these critical conversations with one another – and that we have to listen well to find the truth,” says Saunders.

LetterPrior to the webinar, take a close look at the primary source at right and reflect on the following questions:

  • What do you notice first?
  • What do you think was happening when this item was created?
  • If someone wrote a letter like this today, what would be different? What would be the same?

You’ll learn more about this letter at the March 19 webinar. We hope you can join us then! For those of you who can’t participate in the live event, the recording will be posted here, along with a schedule of upcoming webinars.

For more information and more primary sources, check out our series of blog posts related to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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