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Confronting a Violent Past: Red Summer in Chicago

Red Summer was part of a nationwide wave of racist violence against African Americans that occurred from April to November of 1919. This watershed event is part of our shared American past and informs both Chicago and our national identity today.  Join Facing History for an interactive virtual workshop to engage in discussions about Red Summer in Chicago and how to bring the history to high school classrooms. Registration for this event is now closed.

October 11, 2022 - November 01, 2022

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About this event:

Multi-Session

Our multi-session professional learning series are designed for in-depth exploration of themes and topics that help educators strengthen their skills and competencies. Session information is included in the event details.

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This professional learning event will be led by Facing History staff and also contains portions that are self-paced and delivered virtually. When you register, you will receive instructions for how access and participate in the event.

This event qualifies for ISBE (Illinois).

Up to 16 clock hours (CPDU's) for Illinois-certified educators will be offered for full participation.

In this workshop you will:

  1. Receive access to a 12 lesson unit, The Red Summer in Chicago

  2. Engage with the unit’s resources to support students in making connections between history and today

  3. Increase your ability to facilitate respectful classroom discussions on difficult issues such as racism and other forms of exclusion in a way that invites personal reflection and critical analysis

  4. Learn a new way of structuring curriculum to help students connect history to their own lives and the choices they make

  5. Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate texts, write and think critically, as well as discussing controversial issues respectfully

Registration for this event is now closed.

Red Summer was part of a nationwide wave of racist violence against African Americans that occurred from April to November of 1919. This watershed event is part of our shared American past and informs both Chicago and our national identity today.  Join Facing History for an interactive virtual workshop to engage in discussions about Red Summer in Chicago and how to bring the history to high school classrooms.

*** On October 29, local participants will take a trolley tour of historical landmarks related to the history of 1919 with the Chicago Race of 1919 Commemoration Project (CRR19). The tour will begin at 4351 South Drexel (parking available) at 10am and will end at 11:30am. We will send a separate registration to reserve your seat. Masking and COVID19 policies will be included in registration.***

In this facilitated workshop series Confronting a Violent Past: Red Summer in Chicago Workshop you will:

  1. Receive access to a 12 lesson unit, The Red Summer in Chicago 
  2. Engage with the unit’s resources to support students in making connections between history and today
  3. Increase your ability to facilitate respectful classroom discussions on difficult issues such as racism and other forms of exclusion in a way that invites personal reflection and critical analysis
  4. Learn a new way of structuring curriculum to help students connect history to their own lives and the choices they make
  5. Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate texts, write and think critically, as well as discussing controversial issues respectfully

Independent evaluation has shown that implementing Facing History’s approach improves students’ higher-order thinking skills, increases students’ civic efficacy and engagement with civic matters, and increases students’ tolerance for others who hold contrary views from their own.

Who should take this workshop series: This unit is intended for implementation in high school US History; educators of Ethnic Studies, African American History, Chicago History, and Contemporary American History are invited to apply. Priority will be given to participants from Chicago Public Schools but applicants from across the country are welcome to apply.

Duration: 4 weeks. This course contains 4 modules; A new module will be introduced each week. Each module includes online self-guided work (approximately 90 minutes), weekly synchronous discussions in Zoom (2 hours) and optional resources to deepen your learning. 

Time commitment: Approximately 3.5 hours each week for 4 weeks. 

Format: Each week  will follow a similar structure:

  1. Approximately 90 minutes of pre-work to complete in preparation for each week’s synchronous discussions.
  2. A 2-hour facilitated live learning session to include whole- and small-group activities.
  3. Optional extension activities to be completed anytime during the week.
     

The 2-hour live learning sessions will not be recorded and will take place on Zoom on the following dates:

Live Learning Sessions (4:00-6:00 pm CST)

Call #1: October 11

Call #2: October 18

Call #3: October 25

Call #4: November 1

Cost: Free. The registration fee and event fee for this workshop series have been waived thanks to generous funding from Facing History and Ourselves donors and partner organizations.

Up to 16 clock hours (CPDU's) for Illinois-certified educators will be offered for full participation.