Teachers in the Movement explores teachers’ ideas and pedagogy inside and outside the classroom during the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. From teachers themselves, we learn how their pedagogy, curricula, and community work were instrumental forms of activism that influenced the movement.

Pedagogy. Activism. Freedom.

Our research is guided by several questions: Who were the teachers in the movement? What, how, and why did these teachers teach? How can recovering teachers’ stories inform contemporary teaching and schooling and impact teaching today? In responding to these questions, this website will serve as a repository housing the project’s oral histories and curricular materials (e.g., lesson plans, teachers’ biographical sketches, and teacher blogs) that will be of significance for K-12 education and university students and teachers in the commonwealth of Virginia, the United States, and beyond.

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Giving Voice to the Unheard in a Middle School Library

By: Kirsten Wall Throughout the week at the Teachers in the Movement Summer Institute, we read articles, heard lectures, and discussed the topic of how the Civil Rights Movement is taught in schools. K-12 curricula has often focused on specific stories about Martin...