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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TIM Blog

The Power of Oral History

By: Pete Schumacher The Teachers in the Movement Institute was amazing, and I have definite plans on how I might use oral histories in my class. First, I am teaching African American literature for the first time in my career. I have always had a passion for learning...

Bringing Teachers in the Movement to Grade 4 Virginia History

By: Dorothy Drake Though I am retired from Henrico County Public Schools, I am a part time teaching assistant at an elementary school in the county. The school is in the east end near my home and has a Black population of approximately 70%. Virginia History is a part...

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