NO. OF CREDITS:
6 QUARTER CREDITS
[semester equivalent = 4.00 credits]
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It's February, known for Black History Month, and we reintroduce to our students Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Maya Angelou, John Lewis, and other notable African Americans that have transformed our history. During these challenging times of racial unrest and social injustice, we need to do a better job educating ourselves and our students on black history from the perspective of unsung he/sheroes and go beyond Black History Month.
This course will look beyond Black History Month and focus on unsung heroes and sheroes that don't always make history books but have contributed to America in many profound ways. Using the required text, Four Hundred Souls, you will be engaged in the history of African Americans from 1619 to the present time through 90 diverse authors' powerful short stories, personal vignettes, essays, and poems. We will examine microaggressions and ever-changing voting rights legislation. In addition, you will have the opportunity to examine a plethora of websites, videos, and resources, as well as to adapt and create your lesson plans to integrate Black History into a year-long, interdisciplinary curriculum.
This course is appropriate for teachers K-12.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:
1) Increased their knowledge of black history from 1619 to the present through a selected series of short
stories, poems, essays, and personal vignettes from the required text, Four Hundred Souls.
2) Become more aware of microaggressions, current voting rights legislation, Juneteeth, and other
relevant issues related to the black experience in America.
3) Researched and compiled a list of unsung black heroes and sheroes from a variety of disciplines.
4) Researched and compiled a list of books appropriate to participant's grade level and subject area.
5) Examined quality websites, videos, and resources related to teaching black history and social justice
6) Adapted and created at least 10 meaningful interdisciplinary black history lessons for students and/or
Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.
Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.
UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT INFORMATION
REQUIREMENTS FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.
CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.
AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.
ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION
The required text is available from $15-$25 depending on the format and condition of the book.
Kendi, Ibram and Blain, Keisha Brown. Four Hundred Souls. Penguin Random House LLC. New York. 2021
None. All reading is online.
ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR HOURS OR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
A. INFORMATION ACQUISITION
Assignments done in a course forum will show responses from all educators active in the course. Feel free to read and respond to others comments.
Assignment #1: Introduction and Reflection
In either a 400-500-word essay or as a video introduction (your choice), please respond to the following questions, reflecting on your own teaching and learning:
Assignment #2: Understanding Microaggressions
1) Click on the link below to get a better understanding of microaggressions
and strategies for the classroom.
2) After reflection, create an age-appropriate lesson plan that would explain
the concept of microaggressions to your students and includes role-playing
activities and real-life scenarios. Students should be active participants.
Addressing microaggressions in the classroom.
Assignment #3: Required Text Readings - Four Hundred Souls
Please get some format (hard/softback, E-book, or Audiobook) of the required text:
Kendi, Ibram and Blain, Keisha Brown. Four Hundred Souls. Penguin Random House LLC. New York. 2021
The book focuses on the history of African Americans from 1619 to the present day through 90 diverse authors’ perspectives in a variety of genres, including short stories, historical essays, poetry, and personal vignettes. You are required to read at least 30 of the 90 articles/poems.
1) Read at least 3 articles/poems from each of the 10 parts of the book for a
total of 30, divided chronologically. Please vary your selections to include a
variety of genres: short stories, essays, poetry, and personal vignettes.
2) Read both the introduction and conclusion.
3) Pick 10 of the 30 chosen articles/poems to write and reflect on by using the
following guiding questions. In each of the 10 reflections, including the dates,
title, and author. You can use a chart, essay, or another format that works
for you. Please consider varying the genres and include at least 1-2 poems
in your reflection.
Assignment #4: Black Lives Matter, Teaching Black History, Talking about Race articles
1) Pick at least 6 articles from the list below or others of interest to you with at least one from each category:
2) As teachers, we need to find creative ways to assess knowledge. Instead of writing a reflection of each article, find another way to demonstrate your understanding of the articles. This gives you flexibility and can allow you to use other learning modalities. If you need suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Click on this link to view the articles: Black Lives Matter, Teaching Black History/Talking about Race, and Teaching Civil Rights Movement.
Assignment #5: Juneteeth Articles & Resources
1) Read at least 3 of the following articles: Click on this link to view the articles:
2) Watch one of the following videos: Click on this link to view the videos.
3) Watch the video and read the article: Click on this link to view the video and read the article.
4) Share your knowledge of Juneteenth by designing an infographic or other type of visual poster that can be used in your classroom or in a professional development activity. You can use the following free webtools to create an infographic:
Assignment #6: Websites for Teacher & Student Resources
1) Review the following websites and resources. Click on this link to review the websites and resources.
2) Using a video presentation, Powerpoint, Prezi, or other visual, share the highlights of the selected TWO websites and their effectiveness in your class. Bookmark the most relevant resources as you will be using them in Assignment 10 if you are doing the course for 400/500 level credit.
Assignment #7: Student Book Lists, Book Report Ideas
1) Click on this link to review the following websites for relevant books and resources:
2) Compile a list of 12 or more books from the suggestions above or from
your own resources that are appropriate for your grade/subject level.
Peruse the summary or reviews of each book.
3) Create or adapt a list of 8-10 different ways students could present a “book
report” that focuses on varied learning modalities. Here are some suggestions.
Assignment #8: Black Heroes/Sheroes
1) Research at least 20 black heroes/sheroes that are less familiar to you and
your students, including at least 2 from each of the following areas.
2) Create a list by adding a short summary of each person’s background and
contribution. You can get creative as to how you display the list. Focus on
ordinary individuals that have made extraordinary contributions. Think locally,
regionally, and globally.
Click on this link for a few suggestions.
ADDITIONAL ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
B. LEARNING APPLICATION
In this section you will apply your learning to your professional situation. This course assumes that most participants are classroom teachers who have access to students. If you do not have a classroom available to you, please contact the instructor for course modifications. Assignments done in a course forum will show responses from all educators active in the course. Feel free to read and respond to others comments.
Assignment #9: Videos
Videos of Choice:
1) On your own, find at least 10-15 relevant movies, documentaries, or other
full-length or short videos that are related to the themes of black history,
racism, overcoming obstacles, court cases around racism/discrimination,
or other similar areas of interest. The options are flexible to meet varied
grade levels and subject areas.
2) Create and share the list and watch at least 2-3 of them, depending on length.
3) In 750+ words, create a movie review of at least 2 of the videos. Please
Assignment #10: Lesson Plans
***Use this option if you do not have a classroom available.
Assignment #11: (500 Level ONLY) Additional Text Reading, Voting Rights
1) Research and investigate current-day policies in at least 4 states
(Georgia, for example) that have enacted legislation limiting voting rights.
2) In a 300–400 word essay or another format of your choosing:
3) Read an additional text from the bibliography or a book of choice from the list you
created in assignment 7 or another option with prior instructor approval.
4) Using any learning modality that works best for you, share with your
instructor what you learned from the text and its personal and
professional value to you, your community, colleagues, and students.
5) Contact 2-3 teachers from another school in your district or a neighboring
district and share how Black History Month and beyond is taught in their school(s).
Share resources and what is successfully being done or can be improved.
In a 200-300 word essay, share your findings and goals for improvement.
C. INTEGRATION PAPER
Assignment #12: (Required for 400 and 500 Level)
SELF REFLECTION & INTEGRATION PAPER
(Please do not write this paper until you've completed all of your other assignments)
Write a 350-500 word Integration Paper answering these 5 questions:
INSTRUCTOR COMMENTS ON YOUR WORK:
Please indicate by email to the instructor if you would like to receive comments on your assignments.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHING THIS COURSE:
Wendi Fein, M.A., enthusiastically brings her years of teaching experiences since 1980 to the development and implementation of her courses. Presently, she is teaching Adult Education, Developmental Math and English as a Second Language at Tacoma Community College in Tacoma Washington.
She spent 25 years teaching in K-12 public schools with a focus on special education, math, dance, PE, study skills and English/World Cultures. In addition, Wendi has traveled and volunteered extensively, bringing her stories and passion for human rights and equity into the classroom. Wendi holds a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.A. in Special Education.
TEACHING BLACK HISTORY MONTH & BEYOND
Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow. New York: The New Press, 2012. The book discusses race-related issues specific to African-American males and mass incarceration in the United States, but Alexander noted that the discrimination faced by African-American males is prevalent among other minorities and socio-economically disadvantaged populations.
Bolgatz, J. Talking Race in the Classroom. New York: Teachers College Press, 2005. This book will help new and veteran teachers develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to successfully address racial controversies in their classrooms. The author first explains what race and racism mean and why we need to talk about these topics in schools
Blain, Keisha and Kendi IbranIbram X Kendi, Four Hundred Souls. Penguin Books. 2021.– a resounding history of African America https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54998251-four-hundred-souls REQUIRED TEXT
Derman-Sparks, Louise, and Patricia Ramsay. What If All the Kids Are White? Anti-Bias Multicultural Education with Young Children and Families. New York: Teachers College Press, 2006. Tackles a frequently asked question about multicultural education: How do I teach about racial and cultural diversity if all my students are white?
Irving, Debbie. Waking Up White in the Story of my Race. Chicago: Elephant Room Press, 2014.. She is sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As Irving unpacks her own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, she reveals how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated her ill-conceived ideas about race. She also explains why and how she's changed the way she talks about racism, works in racially mixed groups, and understands the antiracism movement as a whole.
Lee, Enid, Deborah Menkart and Margo Okazawa-Rey, eds. Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K-12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education, and Staff Development. Washington, DC: Network of Educators on the Americas [NECA], 1998.
Loewen, James W. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. The New Press, 2013. It critically examines twelve popular American high school history textbooks and concludes that the textbook authors propagate false, Eurocentric, and mythologized views of American history
Michael, Ali. Raising Race Questions: Whiteness and Inquiry in Education. New York: Teachers College Press, 2015. Raising Race Questions invites teachers to use inquiry as a way to develop sustained engagement with challenging racial questions and to do so in community so that they learn how common their questions actually are. It lays out both a process for getting to questions that lead to growth and change, as well as a vision for where engagement with race questions might lead.
Pollock, M. Colormute: Race Talk Dilemmas in an American School. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 2004. This book considers in unprecedented detail one of the most confounding questions in American racial practice: when to speak about people in racial terms. Viewing “race talk” through the lens of a California high school and district, Colormute draws on three years of ethnographic research on everyday race labeling in education. Based on the author’s experiences as a teacher as well as an anthropologist, it discusses the role race plays in every day and policy talk about such familiar topics as discipline, achievement, curriculum reform, and educational inequality.
Pollock, M. (Ed.) Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School. New. York: The New Press. 2008.The groundbreaking book on race in schools that has become an essential handbook for teachers working to create antiracist classrooms In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and nationwide protests
Steele, Claude M. Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do. New York: W. W Norton & Company, 2010. This acclaimed social psychologist offers an insider’s look at his research and groundbreaking findings on stereotypes and identity
Stevenson, Howard C. Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences That Make a Difference. New York: Teachers College Press, 2015. Based on extensive research, this provocative volume explores how schools are places where racial conflicts often remain hidden at the expense of a healthy school climate and the well-being of students of color
Tatum, B. D. “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” and Other Conversations About Race. New York: Harper/Collins. 2017 revised. Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. These topics have only become more urgent as the national conversation about race is increasingly acrimonious. This fully revised edition is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the dynamics of race in America.
Tatum, B.D. “Can We Talk About Race?” and Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation. New York: Beacon Press, 2007.
Van Ausdale, D. & Feagin, J.R. The First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 2001.
Watson, Dyan, Hagopian, Jesse, and Au, Wayne. Teaching For Black Lives Black students' minds and bodies are under attack. We're fighting back. Rethinking Schools Publication. 2018 https://rethinkingschools.org/books/teaching-for-black-lives/