By Amber Randall
Memphis teachers recently underwent “culturally responsive” training to learn how race impacts education.
Staff members and teachers at Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory School attended a 10-hour training session, reports the Memphis Daily News.
The training session, led by Facing History and Ourselves, aimed to educate teachers on how to promote students’ “social-emotional learning.” Facing History and Ourselves is a non-profit dedicated to fostering empathy, creating inclusive schools and helping students perform well in school.
“By integrating the study of history, literature, and human behavior with ethical decision making and innovative teaching strategies, our program enables secondary school teachers to promote students’ historical understanding, critical thinking, and social-emotional learning,” its website reads.
English and history teachers underwent special training on the Holocaust and the Reconstruction Era. They also learned how the novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” can be used to talk about power, gender and race.
Eleven other schools will participate in the Facing History program as part of the Memphis Neighborhood Schools Project.
“With culturally responsive teaching, they (the teachers) can better understand the history of race and achievement in our country and we can give teachers more tools about that,” Marti Tippens Murphy, the executive director of Facing History’s Memphis chapter, said.
“So that even if it’s a teacher in a math class they have that different lens and they can enforce the community we’re trying to build,” Murphy added.
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