Teacher Cohort: Fighting for Civil Rights Throughout History

MNHS is excited to offer a teacher cohort for the 2017-2018 school year, "Fighting for Civil Rights Throughout History," for educators teaching grades 6-12 social studies in Minnesota.

Current events are ever-present in students' lives, and teachers often find that discussions of current events in classrooms can be complex and controversial. Having the tools to navigate students' understanding of their world often means having a stronger sense of the historical context of current events.

The 2018 cohort will take four current issues related to civil rights and trace these movements, and the groups they involve, back throughout American history. Cohort teachers will address the question: How have four groups of people fought for their civil rights at different times in US history? The four current topics are: Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock, same-sex marriage, and the gender pay gap.

Cohort sessions in January will start with the current events and begin to work backwards, discussing the agency of African Americans, American Indians, LGBT people, and women. We will trace the movements back through the 1950s and make connections to Minnesota civil rights topics. Our virtual meetings will focus on the Progressive Era, and our June trip to Jamestown and Williamsburg, Virginia, will start with Reconstruction and work backwards toward the United States' earliest days.

Cohort participants are expected to attend all events:

  • January 19-20, 2018 in St. Paul 
  • Two virtual meetings to be scheduled in the spring (dates TBD)
  • June 25-27, 2018 in Jamestown, Virginia 

Participants will also write one blog post and complete a few pre-readings. The cohort fee of $350 covers some meals, flight to Virginia, hotel for two nights, ground transportation, and museum admission. Limited subsidies for January sub fees and travel are available for eligible teachers.

APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED. Successful applicants will be notified by November 15. Please contact Jessica Ellison with questions.