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"Own Your History"


A leadership course on the creative edge

 

FIND OUT MORE about the “Own Your History” Leadership Course

 

While parts of the Course are now available for pilot classes, the Course as a whole continues in ongoing development, with a view that it should be adaptable to differing school and classroom settings.  Year-long courses for high school and 8th grade will be ready for use in 2016-17. If interested, contact us.

Below is a Course overview. More detailed materials concerning the Course as a whole are available—contact us.

“Own Your History” Leadership Course   

MODULES AVAILABLE FOR USE NOW

LEADERSHIP CONNECTION: YOUR PAST AND YOURSELF

  1. Inheritances, Awareness and Leadership: — How the past affects me and my future (Complete)

* Connecting to history—examination of how past choices (“history”) have shaped the important aspects of our lives (street, neighborhood, school, family circumstance, etc.).

*Biography project – you are 85: what would you tell a biographer about your life, goals and accomplishments. (This document is revisited periodically and finalized at the course end.)

*“Time capsule” project – students complete answers to a set of “hard questions” about US history on day 1; the answers are sealed for the rest of the course; the students complete answers to the same questions at the end of the course; the original answers are unsealed and compared.

  1. Youth leadership — Brainstorming leadership qualities and assessing examples of young leaders

INSPIRING LEADERS

  1. Eleanor Roosevelt — American pioneer: “Leadership from the side” (Complete)

*The 1938 Marian Anderson concert and 1941 March on Washington

*Student team building project

  1. John Lewis—Young bold leadership for civil rights. (Complete)

*SNCC and the early 1960s civil rights movement

*Project on dealing with prejudice (1).

  1. Cesar Chavez—A western leader for Latino rights. (Completion soon)

* The Delano grape boycott and strike

*Project on “circle of responsibility” and leadership for change

 

MODULES IN DEVELOPMENT AND PROJECTED:

RECONCILIATION OUT OF THE ASHES

 

  1.  Leaders, crisis, and lessons: The World War II Japanese-American internment (In development)

*Project on coercion/bullying (1)

      7. Nelson Mandela and Reconciliation in South Africa

7A. Background

7B. Robben Island imprisonment—Leadership in confinement
    *Project on coercion/bullying (2)

7C. The South Africa Truth and Reconciliation Commission (In development)
    *Project on reconciliation, justice, forgiveness

8.  “Half-time” – Leadership in Pop Culture and Society— (In development) identifying and assessing leadership styles and methods of figures in diverse areas of American culture and society

A NEW COUNTRY DEFINED BY SLAVERY

  1. The Revolutionary Generation and slavery, 1776-1800—realities, ideals, contradictions, and leadership. (In revision)  
        *Project on what it means to be “American”.
  2.  The American Slave Economy as the Foundation for the Growth and Prosperity of the U.S. Economy, 1780-1860
        *Project on choices and values.
  3. The “Trail of Tears” and the destruction of the Cherokee Nation (In development) 
        *Project on cultural diversity
  4. Living in the American Racist Slave System
        *Project on living with fear.
  5. The Abolition Movement and the End of American Slavery (In development)
        *Project on coercion/bullying (3)

WHITE SUPREMACY TRIUMPHANT

  1.  “Slavery by another name” and its Consequences in the South, 1880-1920 (In development)
        *Project on difference: diversity, “whiteness,” “blackness,” ethnicity, and “race” (1)  
  2. American apartheid–North, 1920-1950 (In development)
        *Project on difference: diversity, “whiteness,” “blackness,” ethnicity, and “race” (2)  
  3. The “Other America”—Part I: Poor and Working Class Whites and Identity Politics, 1890 – 1960 (in development)* Projects on class, labels and epithets

“OWNERSHIP” AND PROGRESS

  1.  Postwar Civil Rights Leadership—organizing for civil rights change, 1940-1970 (In development)
  2. The “Other America”—Part II: Poor and Working Class Whites and Identity Politics Since 1960                                                                                                       * Project on inheritances and aspirations
  3.  Post-1970 Leadership and political effectiveness — organizing for change to end discrimination based on difference:   America’s unfinished business
        *Workshop on leadership for change
  4. Women under the law: from “protection” toward equality
        *Project on “equal protection”
  5. LGBT Rights
        *Project on dealing with prejudice (2).
  6. A New Nation of Immigrants: Past, Present, Future (In revision)
        *Journalist project on contemporary immigration.
  7. Leadership and Reconciliation: Going forward after the Jordan Davis murder case
        *Project on “race”: diversity, “whiteness,” “blackness,” ethnicity, and “race” (3)
  8.  “News at 11” –Our Unfinished Business—The Perpetuation of Inequality and Discrimination Today
  9. *Project on  a recent or current example of inequality or discrimination