American Promise, directed by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, explores black male achievement and shines a light on the importance of parents, educators and community in the success of our young black men.
Teaching Tolerance designed the accompanying professional development series to help school faculty become more aware of the ways schools do and don't work well for African-American male students. Each module uses selections from the film to facilitate discussion among instructors about the kinds of practices and pedagogical approaches that are effective.
Four Professional Development Modules
Fulfilling the American Promise: Classroom Identities
Explore the influence of identity on classroom instruction, particularly as it relates to race, gender and class.
Fulfilling the American Promise: Exploring Assimilation
Focus on the processes of assimilation, which may consciously or unconsciously occur inside of the classroom.
Fulfilling the American Promise: Rethinking Achievement
Understand the issues surrounding achievement.
Fulfilling the American Promise: The Education System, Outside and Within
Investigate the idea of education as a system by taking a macro approach.