K-12 Educators to examine historic events at Teachers’ Institute

by Lamaya Coleman, Intern

Starting Sunday, July 14, 2013, teachers from across the state of Arkansas will come to Little Rock to expand their knowledge of two significant events in civil rights history in the state at the 4th annual Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Teachers’ Institute to be held through Friday, July 19.

Summer Teacher Institute at Little Rock Central High School NHSThe Teachers’ Institute will allow teachers to examine the impact of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School after the landmark 1954 Supreme Court Decision, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.

Each year, 25 elementary, middle school and secondary teachers from public and private schools are given the opportunity to develop a well-thought out, collaborative civil rights curriculum. The teachers create a curricular design laboratory, access well-known curricular materials, discuss and evaluate teaching procedures and methods to work, engage in theatre related education activities and reflect on evaluations and assessments strategies for process oriented, arts-based lessons.

As part of the coursework, the teacher will take part in field trips to the Little Rock Central High School, and a site connected to one of the WWII Japanese American Internment Camps.

The cost of registration is $100, and the National Park Service provides the course materials and instruction and housing costs. Housing for out-of-town participants will be provided at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.

To apply, download the Teachers’ Institute application.

For more information contact Jodi Morris.

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