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The Treasure of Walter Dean Myers

Chad Donohue - July 3, 2014

Walter Dean Myers’ treasure to us was his gift of beautiful writing, with its poignant life lessons and heart-wrenching stories.

Summer Self-Care

Lisa Glenn - July 2, 2014

Let’s maximize the remaining weeks of summer to rejuvenate and reflect upon our classroom practice! 

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: Making Our Nation Whole

Stephen Wesson - June 26, 2014

The Civil Rights Act outlawed hiring discrimination, segregated public schools and public spaces and discriminatory voter registration policies, paving the way for future civil rights legislation.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 – Title I: Who Gets to Vote?

Rebecca Newland - June 26, 2014

Primary sources can help students explore just how controversial voting rights were in the century preceding the Act.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 – Titles II and III: The Right to Go Where You Want

Danna Bell - June 26, 2014

In the United States in 2014, we take our freedom of movement for granted. We can drink from any water fountain, shop in any store and stay in any hotel we can afford. Prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, these simple activities were not so simple.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 — Title IV: Equal Education for All

Cheryl Lederle - June 26, 2014

A decade after Brown, Title IV again called for desegregation of public schools. Studying images of segregated schools close in time and place can help students build a picture of the wide discrepancies between educational facilities.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 – Title VII: The Freedom to Work

Anne Savage - June 26, 2014

Primary sources--like discriminatory "help wanted" ads and posters--can help students understand the significance of Title VII.

Freedom Wasn’t Free in ’64—and It Isn’t Free Now

Monita K. Bell - June 24, 2014

Freedom Summer, a new American Experience film, highlights an overlooked but essential period in the civil rights movement.

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