How To Teach The History Of Juneteenth

with
Rodney Pierce
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Training Includes:
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • All resources and training materials
  • An on-demand recording will be available after the live presentation.

Award-winning educator Rodney D. Pierce will teach you how to dig deep into this historic celebration by connecting the past to the present. You will learn how to enlighten students to embrace Juneteenth, mark it as another celebration of independence for American citizens, and discover the ongoing impact this day should have on the future.

What You'll Learn

  • What is the significance of Juneteenth?
  • How is Juneteenth commemorated or remembered in the state of Texas?
  • How do anti-Critical Race Theory bills affect the teaching of Juneteenth?
  • What lessons in American history can you use in your classroom?
  • How can you gauge the temperature of your school community?

Training Overview

How can you teach about Juneteenth? Address the holiday and what makes it special.

Congress made Juneteenth a federal holiday in 2021. In a time of continuing racial inequity and curriculum bans, you need to know and teach the backstory of this day commemorating the announcement of the end of the Civil War and chattel slavery in Galveston, Texas.

By appreciating what Union Army Major General Gordon Granger was doing in Galveston on June 19, 1865 and understanding the impact on slavery, you can spark students’ interest in this fascinating and significant holiday. Use this day to empower them to identify the systemic inequities and injustices still faced by the descendants of the formerly enslaved in the United States.

  • What is the significance of Juneteenth?
  • How is Juneteenth commemorated or remembered in the state of Texas?
  • How do anti-Critical Race Theory bills affect the teaching of Juneteenth?
  • What lessons in American history can you use in your classroom?
  • How can you gauge the temperature of your school community?

Who Should Attend?

  • Social studies/history teachers
  • Principals
  • Assistant principals
  • Administrators
  • Secondary education directors/executives
  • Career technical education teachers
  • Instructional coaches
  • English/language arts teachers
  • School counselors
  • In-school suspension coordinators
  • College professors
  • Deans of colleges
  • Mathematics teachers
  • Science teachers
  • Foreign language teachers
  • ESL teachers
  • AIG coordinators/teachers
  • Superintendents
  • Assistant superintendents
  • Other district administrators
  • Central services staff
  • Music teachers
  • Art teachers
  • Health/physical education teachers
  • School board members
  • Nonprofit officers
  • Faculty union representatives
  • Special education directors
  • Department chairs
  • Clinical staff
  • Program directors
  • Curriculum specialists
  • Education nonprofit groups
  • Community engagement professionals
  • School leaders
  • Learning strategists
  • Literacy coaches
  • Future teachers
  • Teaching assistants
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Student services directors
  • School curriculum directors
  • Social workers
  • Behavior specialists

Expert Presenter

Rodney Pierce

  • Educator, historian, and writer based in eastern North Carolina
  • Most Outstanding Beginning Teacher of the Year in his district in 2018
  • 2019 North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year
  • Inaugural Teacher Fellow for the NC Equity Fellowship through the Center for Racial Equity in Education (CREED)
  • Fellow of Carolina Public Humanities, the UNC-Chapel Hill Southern Oral History Program, and the NC Public School Forum’s Education Policy Fellowship
  • Sought-after panelist on issues of racial equity in education
  • Appeared on MSNBC's The Reidout and ABC’s Tamron Hall Show about the teaching of American history in public schools
  • Conducted research on re-segregation in his native Halifax County that was featured in The Washington Post
  • Education consultant with the North Carolina Museum of History
  • Lone Black male K-12 teacher to work on the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s writing team for new Social Studies standards and unpacking documents
  • 2020 Javits-Frasier Scholar through the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and served on the North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented’s Talent Delayed/Talent Denied Advisory Committee
  • Served on the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Executive Board and the Carolina Public Humanities Advisory Board
  • Successfully applied for four historical markers recognizing African American history in his county
  • Serves on the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee and the National Advisory Council for the North Carolina Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Initiative

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