Teachers in the Movement Institute 2021

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Narratives and Storytelling in Teaching Black History

The TIM Institute is a collaborative space for educators to create community, gain inspiration, and affirm our commitments to the teaching of African American history. The 2021 institute emphasizes the pedagogical uses of oral history, storytelling, and historical counter-narratives. These approaches illuminate and honor the Black American experience while also complicating and providing a fuller and more robust American history.

We will also engage music as a form of oral history and storytelling through critical examination and reflection of how music can be implemented in the curriculum and other educational spaces. At the end of the institute, participants will leave with pedagogical ideas, curriculum resources, readings, primary sources, and a “soundtrack.” It is our hope participants of this year’s TIM Institute will feel empowered to incorporate oral history and historical counter-narratives within their respective educational spaces, which has implications for not only the ways in which we think and teach about history but also the ways in which we think and teach about our present historical moment.

View our Youtube playlist to see released videos from our 2020 Institute.


Each day will be a synchronous live meeting via zoom.

Day 1 – August 3 from 4-7 p.m. ET

Teachers in the Movement from Past to Present

  • Critical Histories, Civil Rights, and Teachers in the Movement
  • Introduction to TIM Curriculum
  • Teachers Talking with Teachers: An Intergenerational Dialogue
  • Keynote with Dr. Tondra Loder-Jackson

Day 2 – August 4 from 4-6:30 p.m. ET

Counter-narratives in the Classroom: Teaching Black History Through Oral Histories and Music

  • Developing K-12 Classroom Oral History Projects: A Blueprint
  • From Blues to Hip Hop: Music as Storytelling in the Black Freedom Struggle
  • Keynote with Gabriel “Asheru” Benn

Day 3 – August 5 from 4-6:30 p.m. ET

Teachers in the Movement: Leadership Considerations

Led by faculty from the Administration and Supervision program at UVA’s School of Education and Human Development.

  • Big Ideas and Takeaways from TIM Institute Days 1 and 2
  • Connecting Your Work and Setting Goals
  • Considering Goal Attainment and Realities
  • Leadership Considerations


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