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.

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Pedagogy. Activism. Freedom.

Our research background

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.

Teachers in the Movement Blog
Amal Abbass
In her TED Talk “The danger of a single story,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie states that the flattening, dehumanizing effect of a single story is extricable from the concept of power.
Pete Schumacher
Part of what I really liked about the oral histories is the human element. It’s one thing to learn about a famous person in a textbook. It makes things impressively relevant to hear stories passed down over time.
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Teachers in the Movement 2021 Summer Institute

Teachers in the Movement Curriculum

Teachers in the Movement Podcast