Sources & Resources on Multicultural Education

This is my virtual file cabinet of articles, videos and other resources I have found useful in my teaching. I hope you find this site helpful.

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A White Woman And A Black Man Swapped Voices. It’s Overwhelmingly Powerful.

In the video below, captured at the 2015 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, poets Darius Simpson and Scout Bostley passionately deliver their poem “Lost Voices.” Their performance is particularly timely in light of the conversations surrounding race and racism with the recent hate-fueled Charleston murders and Rachel Dolezal, a White woman who lied about being Black but claims to “identify as Black.”

The Eastern Michigan University students’ poem hits on the struggles and experiences of Simpson, a Black man and Scout, a White woman. The delivery was particularly impactful as the two poets switched places and passionately delivered each other’s verses through the other person’s narrative.

Simpson delivered Bostley’s poem as she mouthed the words revealing experiences tied to being a woman such as,

“…My body has become cause to write legislation, cause for a** smacks in the back of a class, my body has demanded everything except respect…”

Similarly, Bostley speaks through Simpson’s narrative, touching on his experiences being Black like,

“The first day I realized I was Black, it was 2000, we had just learned about Blacks for the first time in 2nd grade, at recess, all the White kids chased me into the woods chanting ‘slave’…”

The impactful visual of seeing Bostley and Simpson deliver experiences through the other person’s narrative, powerfully tied together in the end when the pair brought home their point that being an “ally” is welcomed as opposed to speaking on another group’s behalf.

“Never will I turn away an ally… but when a man speaks on my behalf, that only proves my point. Movements are driven by passion, not by asserting yourself dominant by a world that already puts you there,” the duo asserted together.

They switch back to their original places and proudly end their piece by speaking through their personal narrative and maintaining their “voice.”

 

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Free resource – a teacher professional development training on integrating LGBTQ History into Elementary, Middle and High School curricula.

I wanted to call to your attention a great and free resource – a teacher professional development training on integrating LGBTQ History into Elementary, Middle and High School curricula. Please share this opportunity with any teacher you think might be interested. This is being run by a group called History UnErased, which received a substantial grant from the Library of Congress, and is offering full scholarships for 3-day August workshops at Lowell National Historical Park.

Click here for more information: https://historyunerased.com/professional-development/

 

Teachers from other states are welcome.


Reimagining Equality in Our Classrooms, Culture and Consciousness
·        Study LGBTQ history with expert historians and archivists using primary and secondary source resources from the Library of Congress and ONE Archives Foundation at USC Libraries visual history exhibits
·        Address potential miscues and problems that the integration of LGBTQ content may present with psychosocial and behavioral specialists
·        Collaborate with colleagues regarding implementation strategies of LGBTQ content and its connections to curriculum standards and frameworks – using the Library of Congress resources and ONE Archives Foundation visual history exhibits

 

History UnErased workshops are held at Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell, Massachusetts (8:30 – 3:30) and funded through the generous support of the Library of Congress. Three-day workshops include breakfasts, lunches, materials, expert guest speakers and more… Program details will be emailed to you within one week of registration submission. (Library of Congress scholarships are available to classroom teachers, librarians and administrative staff.) 

 

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