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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
- 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.
- Youth leadership — Brainstorming leadership qualities and assessing examples of young leaders
- Eleanor Roosevelt — American pioneer: “Leadership from the side” (Complete)
*The 1938 Marian Anderson concert and 1941 March on Washington
*Student team building project
- John Lewis—Young bold leadership for civil rights. (Complete)
*SNCC and the early 1960s civil rights movement
*Project on dealing with prejudice (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:
- 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
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
- The Revolutionary Generation and slavery, 1776-1800—realities, ideals, contradictions, and leadership. (In revision)
*Project on what it means to be “American”.
- The American Slave Economy as the Foundation for the Growth and Prosperity of the U.S. Economy, 1780-1860
*Project on choices and values.
- The “Trail of Tears” and the destruction of the Cherokee Nation (In development)
*Project on cultural diversity
- Living in the American Racist Slave System
*Project on living with fear.
- The Abolition Movement and the End of American Slavery (In development)
*Project on coercion/bullying (3)
- “Slavery by another name” and its Consequences in the South, 1880-1920 (In development)
*Project on difference: diversity, “whiteness,” “blackness,” ethnicity, and “race” (1)
- American apartheid–North, 1920-1950 (In development)
*Project on difference: diversity, “whiteness,” “blackness,” ethnicity, and “race” (2)
- The “Other America”—Part I: Poor and Working Class Whites and Identity Politics, 1890 – 1960 (in development)* Projects on class, labels and epithets
- Postwar Civil Rights Leadership—organizing for civil rights change, 1940-1970 (In development)
- The “Other America”—Part II: Poor and Working Class Whites and Identity Politics Since 1960 * Project on inheritances and aspirations
- Post-1970 Leadership and political effectiveness — organizing for change to end discrimination based on difference: America’s unfinished business
*Workshop on leadership for change
- Women under the law: from “protection” toward equality
*Project on “equal protection”
- LGBT Rights
*Project on dealing with prejudice (2).
- A New Nation of Immigrants: Past, Present, Future (In revision)
*Journalist project on contemporary immigration.
- Leadership and Reconciliation: Going forward after the Jordan Davis murder case
*Project on “race”: diversity, “whiteness,” “blackness,” ethnicity, and “race” (3)
- “News at 11” –Our Unfinished Business—The Perpetuation of Inequality and Discrimination Today
*Project on a recent or current example of inequality or discrimination