Education Programs: Institutes for K-12 Educators

Period of Performance

10/1/2016 - 12/31/2017

Funding Totals

$180,247.00 (approved)
$156,391.31 (awarded)

Teaching the "Long Hot Summer" of 1967 and Beyond: Racial Disturbances in Recent US History

FAIN: ES-250805-16

University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. (Lawrence, KS 66045-3101)
Shawn Leigh Alexander (Project Director: February 2016 to December 2019)

A three-week summer institute for thirty schoolteachers on the urban riots of 1967, placed in a broad historical context.

The Langston Hughes Center proposes a three-week institute in June 2017 for thirty secondary teachers to study race, urban communities, and civil disturbances in historical context. It will feature a broad humanities outlook to place events in 1967 in perspective, utilizing an interdisciplinary faculty with differing viewpoints and diverse racial and gender identities, making connections between prior incidents and today. The institute will encourage teachers to think about the events and issues affecting their students from multiple viewpoints, becoming familiar with primary and secondary texts as well as innovative humanities-based strategies for engaging critical subject matter about race and conflict. Under the guidance of institute scholars, participants will develop web-based portfolios that include lesson plans suitable for their home institutions.