In light of recent events concerning the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, and the ongoing protests, conversations, debates, arguments, emotional outpourings, and moments for learning that are occurring for all of us, I simply wanted to post some links to resources that might help support teaching and learning during this time of crisis and healing. Or perhaps to just start — or continue to build — a process of learning and peaceful conversation. Most of these have been circulating since August, and I have found them extremely useful for my own personal learning as well as broader implications for museum teaching practice. If any museums, libraries, teachers, or schools are utilizing other resources in terms of addressing these pressing issues with your communities, students, and audiences, please add them in the Comments section below or send them to me directly at email@example.com so I can add them here. This is considered as an organic, growing list of resources sourced by the ArtMuseumTeaching.com community and our readership.
My heart goes out to everyone in my hometown of St. Louis. Please stay safe.
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Teaching #Ferguson: Current Events in the Classroom Resources. A Collective Google Doc created & developed by host/facilitator @dankrutka & the participants in #sschat at 7pm EST on August 20, 2014
“Whether you find yourself teaching in a schoolhouse, in your living room with your children, at a community meeting filled with movement members, in a church basement with others who seek racial reconciliation, or in a detention center common room, [these] resources … provide a snapshot of what is being taught, what is being felt, and what is being created each day.” – Marcia Chatelain
“Teaching the #FergusonSyllabus,” by Dr. Marcia Chatelain for Dissent Magazine online, reflecting on the #FergusonSyllabus project after the Grand Jury decision pertaining to Ferguson, Missouri.
“How to talk to students about Ferguson,” by Dr. Marcia Chatelain, PBS.org
“How to Teach Kids About What’s Happening in Ferguson” by Marcia Chatelain, The Atlantic, August 2014
#FergusonSyllabus hashtag on Twitter, developed by Marcia Chatelain as a way for educators to share ideas on how to talk about Ferguson in their classrooms.
“12 Things White People Can Do Now Because Ferguson,” by Janee Woods, Quartz
“Do’s and Dont’s for Teaching About Ferguson,” by Jenee Desmond-Harris, The Root
“Helping Students Make Sense Of A Young Black Man’s Death In Missouri,” by Juana Summers, NPR.org
Social Justice Art: A Framework for Activist Art Pedagogy – by Marit Dewhurst, a new book from Harvard Education Press.
“Time and Space to Learn and Reflect,” by David Cohen, written for the blog of the Accomplished California Teachers (ACT), a teacher leadership network for the state of California.
“5 Ways to Teach About Michae Brown and Ferguson in the New School Year,” by Christopher Emdin, Huffingtonpost.com
Thanks to Katie Henry for sending these additional resources from the New York State Afterschool Network:
- Suggestions for Discussing the News from Ferguson – Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility. An activity idea and links to other resources regarding the case.
- The Death of Michael Brown: Teaching About Ferguson – The Learning Network, The New York Times. Activity suggestions, an overview of what happened, and a compilation of other resources from educators.
- Teaching About Ferguson – Teaching for Change. Resources on topics related to the case, such as policy brutality and housing inequality.
- Teaching Ideas for #Ferguson #MichaelBrown – Larry Ferlazzo EduBlogs. A compilation of selected resources and teaching ideas shared on Twitter.
Thanks to Rachel Ropeik for sharing further resources and links from the Hive NYC Network.
- Teaching and Learning in a #Ferguson World — an incredible resource compilation pulled together by Paul Tritter and the Boston Teachers Union.
- “Teaching the ongoing murders of black men,” an article that appears in the winter 2014–15 issue of Rethinking Schools magazine
- The Illipsis: on Ferguson, riots and human limits — in this second installment of The Illipsis, Jay Smooth looks back at the events in #Ferguson and asks how we can truly apply Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s advice that “riots are the language of the unheard.”
- “#FergusonSyllabus: Talking and Teaching About Police Violence” from the Prison Culture blog.
- “Teaching Tolerance: What We’re Reading This Week, November 26” featuring stories about recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.
- Equal Justice Political Cartoon
- “What Do We Teach When Kids Are Dying? #MichaelBrown” from Chris Lehmann at PracticalTheory.org
- #FergusonSyllabus via Storify
- “The Ferguson Syllabus: Sociological Research Puts Ferguson in Context,” by Nicki Lisa Cole, provides links to articles and books that will help interested readers understand the social and historical context surrounding the events in Ferguson, Missouri, and allow readers to see how these events fit within larger patterns of racial profiling, systemic racism, and police brutality.
- “Teach About Mike Brown. But Don’t Stop There,” by Renee Watson on the Rethinking Schools Blog.
- “Students Are Watching Ferguson,” by Monita K. Bell on the Teaching Tolerance project website, which is part of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
- “Indicting A System Not A Man….,” from the Prison Culture blog.
- “Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress,” by Carol Anderson at the Washington Post.
- “The new threat: ‘Racism without racists,'” by John Blake, CNN.com
Katherine Brooks wrote a short piece for HuffingtonPost on December 5th that surveyed how artists have been quick to echo the nation’s near constant calls for justice and clarity in the wake of Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson, Missouri. As she writes, “The landscape of St. Louis might be marred by isolated acts of vandalism and law enforcement crackdowns, but art is still flourishing.”
- “Artists Around the Country ‘Won’t Back Down’ for Ferguson,” by Katherine Brooks on HuffingtonPost.com
Margaret Middleton of the Boston Children’s Museum started the Twitter hashtag #museumsrespondtoFerguson, and also launched a Pinterest board “Museum Response to Ferguson” for people to pin useful resources. Both are worth checking out.
“#BlackLivesMatter – Teachers and Students,” (VIDEO EMBEDDED BELOW) a live conversation on December 10, 2014, from Teachers Teaching Teachers and EdTechTalk, a collaborative open educational technology community. Thanks to the amazing Paul Allison and everyone who participated in these conversations.
“Ferguson – Share what you are learning and teaching,” (VIDEO EMBEDDED BELOW) a live conversation on December 7, 2014, from Teachers Teaching Teachers and EdTechTalk, a collaborative open educational technology community. Thanks to the amazing Paul Allison who hosted the conversation with Renee Watson, Christopher Rodgers, Chris Sloan, and Janae Williams to talk about police brutality, the murder of black men, racism, and what we are teaching after Ferguson, Michael Brown, Eric Garner… and more.
“In moments like the reaction to Brown’s death, we need more engagement, not less, and each of us has something to offer.” –David M. Perry, Dominican University
“#FergusonSyllabus: 10 Clips to Stimulate Classroom Discussion,” from Alisa Gross at the Acclaim Blog, that offers several suggestions for news footage and clips from documentaries to stimulate discussion about social justice, protest, and the roles of news media and perspective.
“Teaching #BlackLivesMatter: Countering the Pedagogies of Anti-Black Racism,” Friday, December 19, The Graduate Center, CUNY. An event where we can think through how to address racialization and state power as scholar-teachers, working at the level of both immediately executable plans for teaching/research, and longer term strategies for making the academy accountable to racial violence. The event will begin by breaking into smaller groups and contributing to a collaborative syllabus. Please feel free to add to it beforehand, or if you can’t be at the event, join the Google Doc around 10:00 am next Friday (12/19).
#MuseumsRespondToFerguson – Margaret Middleton of the Boston Children’s Museum began this hashtag now being used to track the way that museums are responding to issues related to Ferguson. Middleton also created a Pinterest Board “Museum Response to Ferguson” with relevant links and resources.
- TWITTER CHAT: Dec. 17, 2014, 2-3 PM (EST). Join this live Twitter chat on social justice, advocacy, and the museum field’s responses to the issues of racism, injustice, and police brutality. Follow and join the conversation using the tag#museumsrespondtoferguson.
* * * * *Featured image from WashingtonPost.com.