Gainesville, FL

FREE EVENT: Bringing African American History to the K – 12 Classroom.

Matthew C. Woodruff
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Dr. Rebekah Cordova, an education specialist, will talk about creating new lesson plans on African American history for K-12 classrooms, by utilizing the oral histories captured by the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP).

The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program is an award-winning, social-justice research center engaged in experiential learning initiatives all over the world. Our team of student researchers, interns, volunteers, and staff are dedicated to gathering, preserving, and promoting living histories of individuals from all walks of life.

SPOHP is committed to using critical historical inquiry and digital humanities production to encourage civic engagement and dialogue between the past, present and the future.

A panel of teachers and students will also discuss their goals regarding the implementation and learning of African American History in their K-12 classroom. The discussion will focus on issues of content availability and accuracy; opportunities and barriers; and the current political climate surrounding the teaching of African American History in Florida schools.

SPOHP and faculty from the UF Department of Linguistics will discuss their NEH-funded research: “Reanimating African American Oral Histories of the Gulf South.” This research talk will review the importance of African American Language (AAL) education and competence as part of the instruction of African American History, especially when utilizing oral histories as primary resources within the classroom learning experience.

MARCH 21 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Pugh Hall 296 Buckman Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611.

Details and sign-up for this free event, including online participation, available here.

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Matthew is an independent journalist, an internationally award-winning author best known for Dark Humor/Lite Horror/Supernatural short stories, as well as an ordained minister who served as a domestic missionary. He is a lover of the unusual, travel, cats and the spark that makes people tick. Matthew is based in Florida, USA.

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