The lead researchers for the Fannie Lou Hamer’s America Documentary, Maegan Parker Brooks, PhD, and Davis W. Houck, PhD, are developing a K-12 Curriculum to accompany the film. The Fannie Lou Hamer-inspired curriculum will be a central feature of a new website for students, educators, and activists, entitled, Find Your Voice.
Drs. Houck and Brooks have reached out to the Sunflower County Consolidated School District, in particular, because Mrs. Hamer lived and was politically active in Ruleville, and also because of the SCCSD’s mission to become a model district that attracts and retains high quality teachers and prepares students for college, careers, and the community. The project that Houck and Brooks have received national grant funding for, and would like to collaborate with SCCSD on, would highlight, before an international audience, the excellent staff and students that comprise the SCCSD. The project would also provide SCCSD students with unique skills (like filmmaking, primary source research, public speaking, and digital studies) to help the students more fully engage with their educational experience and with their communities. Such skills will also help SCCSD stand out as exemplary candidates for colleges and careers.
Brooks and Houck are looking to work collaboratively with 12 teachers, preferably distributed across the district and representing a variety of grade levels. Spots are filling up fast, but we still have room for a few more participants! Collaboration would entail a two-day workshop on June 26 and June 27 (meals and childcare provided) to generate lesson plans, guided implementation of these lesson plans with Houck and Brooks in the fall of 2018, follow up phone consultation in the winter of 2018.
Selected collaborators will be rewarded with a $200 honorarium, classroom materials, joint authorship of the published lesson plans, a line credit in the documentary film, Fannie Lou Hamer’s America, and a feature of their classroom activities on the internationally accessible Find Your Voice Curriculum website.
Interested teachers should email Maegan Parker Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible
. In the email, please include the grade(s) you teach, the school at which you teach, and a brief description of your interest in teaching about Fannie Lou Hamer, specifically, or about the Civil Rights Movement, more broadly.
Thank you for your interest!