Education Programs: Institutes for K-12 Educators

Period of Performance

10/1/2021 - 12/31/2022

Funding Totals

$120,000.00 (approved)
$97,557.20 (awarded)

Disability and Identity in History, Literature, and Media

FAIN: ES-281217-21

Wayne State University (Detroit, MI 48201-1347)
Susan L. Gabel (Project Director: March 2021 to March 2024)
Aja Reynolds (Co Project Director: March 2022 to March 2024)

A one-week, virtual institute for 25 K-12 teachers on disability and identity in history, literature, and the media.

Abstract for: Disability Identity in History, Literature, and Media Cultural texts, including the texts of the K-12 curriculum, are embedded with frames of references often portraying disability identity as crystallized rather than fluid and dynamic. Wayne State University College of Education proposes a week-long virtual summer institute for twenty-five K-12 teachers. Kindergarten through fifth grade teachers will be given preference. Guest Faculty will teach about identity, disability identity, and intersectional identities and will engage in deep discussions with participants. Institute Scholars will benefit from discussions with faculty and other Institute Scholars, pursue independent or collaborative projects, use analysis skills with primary sources, and translate their learning into their teaching. With leadership from a team of renowned Guest Faculty, Institute Scholars will explore disability identity as it is represented in the K-12 curriculum.