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Rosa Parks: Countering the Master Narrative
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March 23, 2023 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Rosa Parks: Countering the Master Narrative


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Rosa Parks: Countering the Master Narrative


March 23, 2023 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT






Grade Level Grades 6-12, Professional Development

About This Webinar

Rosa Parks is one of the most well-known U.S. women of the 20th century and yet much of what has been taught about her is narrow, limited, and at times wrong. This workshop will feature a suite of new lessons and activities developed by the Zinn Education Project in conjunction with the release in 2021 of the young adult book, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks and a new film with the same title — both based on the Parks’ biography by scholar Jeanne Theoharis. Participants will engage in a classroom activity that disrupts the “she was just tired” myth, revealing the patterns of defiance on behalf of justice that coursed through Mrs. Parks' long life of activism. Attendees will leave this 2023 Share My Lesson Virtual Conference session with free teaching materials and a wealth of resources for teaching about the radical Rosa Parks and the long history of the Black Freedom Struggle.


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Teaching for Black Lives Campaign Organizer, Zinn Educaiton Project

Jesse Hagopian’s African ancestors survived the middle passage and enslavement on plantations in Mississippi and Louisiana. Jesse is a high school teacher in Seattle, and the author of the forthcoming book, Teach Truth: The Attack on Critical Race Theory and the Struggle for Antiracist Education. Jesse an editor for Rethinking Schools magazine, a founding member of Black Lives Matter at School, and an organizer for the Zinn Education Project’s “Teaching for Black Lives” campaign. He is the co-editor of the books, Black Lives Matter At School: An Uprising for Educational Justice, Teaching for Black Lives, and the editor of More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High Stakes Testing. He is recipient of the national “Secondary Teacher of the Year” award winner from the Academy of Arts and Sciences and “Social Justice Teacher of the Year” award from Seattle Public School’s Department of Racial Equity.

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Program Manager and Curriculum Designer, Zinn Education Project

I started teaching social studies in a public school in a suburb of Portland, OR in 2000. I am on the editorial board of Rethinking Schools magazine and currently work as a program manager at the Zinn Education Project. I have written articles and lessons on voting rights, redlining, deportations, COINTELPRO, climate justice, Red Summer, the Cold War, and more. The era of U.S. history I find most inspiring, humbling, and relevant is always the one I am currently unlearning, relearning, and building curriculum around.

Professional Credit

Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

Share My Lesson is a New York State Education Department-approved provider for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements, an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved professional development provider, and a Texas Education Agency (TEA) approved professional development provider.

Rosa Parks: Countering the Master Narrative
During Black History Month we celebrated a lot of the black people that contributed to our history and life today. Like I thought (as well as myself), there were alot of things that the students did not know about Rosa Parks. We discussed that when we learned about Ms. Parks, there was no mention of her being married or all of the things her husband was involved in. Most of the students only knew that she refused to leave her seat on the bus. It was great, because there was a lot of discussion and questions being asked. A specific question was why is all of this kind of information left out of the history books.
March 27, 2023