Teach the Movement
A recent study by the Southern Poverty Law center found that K-12 classrooms across the state of Washington were only teaching 20% of the recommended content on the civil rights movement. In response to this, Whitworth and other universities across the state have begun to train college students to address this need.
College student volunteers are trained to take an age-appropriate lesson on events of the civil rights movement into local schools to enhance the capacity of local teachers by engaging K-12 students in dialagoue and activities that explore issues of social justice made prominent by the civil rights movement.
For students who are entering the field of education, volunteering for TTM is a great opportunity to gain teaching experience. This program is a way for students to earn service-learning or volunteer hours, and potential internship credit.
In the News
- Whitworth students introduce civil rights program (KREM.com) more...
For more information, we suggest the following links:
- The history of Whitworth's Teach the Movement program
- A blog by curriculum developer Kate Schuster during the 2011 launch of the Whitman TTM Program: www.tolerance.org/blog/teaching-movement-whitman-college
- A teacher's blog reflection on her experience having Whitman students bring TTM to her class: www.tolerance.org/blog/teachers-inspired-whitman-college-movement
- 2011 Teaching the Movement Report
- 2014 Teaching the Movement Report