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Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Primary Sources: new for teachers

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Published on Mon, 10/07/2019

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy video introduction by professor

There are two new opportunities for teachers to learn more about culturally relevant pedagogy, in addition to the excellent videos and other teaching materials linked on the Engagement Strategies page of the Accessing Inquiry section of our website at EmergingAmerica.org. 

Working Toward a Culturally Relevant Classroom Webinar - offered October 15, 1pm, 2019 by the Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region.

The description for the webinar reads, "The past has so much to teach us and our students have so much to teach us. How do we intersect effective social studies instruction and culturally relevant learning in a way that honors students' cultural competence? Using Culturally Relevant Pedagogy with primary sources can help our learners understand history while reflecting on their own knowledge and experiences. Join us for hands-on activities that share historical instruction through a culturally relevant lens."

Online forum for discussing Primary Sources and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy 

The TPS Teachers Network, a discussion platform for teaching with primary sources on a wide variety of topics, is about to add a brand new group. Primary Sources and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy will offer the opportunity for the exchange of ideas and resources about making teaching connect to the cultures of students, and ways that primary sources can make connections that are culturally relevant. 

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy resources on the EmergingAmerica.org website

The Minnesota Historical Society has published a series of brief educational videos for new and experienced teachers. Each 10 minute segment introduces the concepts of culturally relevant pedagogy and the ways that using primary sources expands students’ understanding of history.

The lesson featured in the last video, in which students look at primary sources on school integration and ask the question, “How do we know when something needs to be changed?” offers an example of an elementary-level civics lesson consistent with the new Massachusetts framework.

Click here for the Minnesota teaching materials, including curriculum featured in the videos, and check out the Accessing Inquiry Engagement Strategies page at EmergingAmerica.org for more professional development videos and articles. 

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Alison Noyes

Assistant Director, Emerging America
Alison Noyes is the Assistant Director of the Emerging America program at the Collaborative for Educational Services. She has worked in the field of education for over 20 years, entering as a teacher of English Language learners and high school history, and working for many years with international students and college study abroad as a program director and assistant dean before returning to focus on engaging K-12 students.