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Summer Teacher Institute to Focus on Racism and Racial Bias


  • Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th Street Northwest Charlottesville, VA, 22903 United States (map)

Virginia Humanities at the University of Virginia will hold a summer institute for Virginia educators from across the Commonwealth June 18-20 at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center in Charlottesville. Forty-one teachers, instructional coaches, and librarians will take part in the institute, which is part of a project funded by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation called Changing the Narrative Through the Power of Story.

Changing the Narrative is a two-year project that aims to broaden and reframe narratives of Virginia’s past by engaging local communities and youth in addressing the present-day challenges of racism and bias. Participants in the teachers’ institute will receive training in educational technology including podcasts and Google Expeditions, and work together to create hands-on lesson plans.

Following a statewide call for applicants, the forty-one institute participants were selected based on their interest in incorporating themes of racial healing into their work.