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Fall Professional Development

Indiana We the People Fall Professional Development

Please join educators from around the state for this Indiana Bar Foundation professional development presentation “Using Music as a Teaching Tool for Your Civil Rights Lessons.” The professional development opportunity will take place September 12.

Agenda for the Fall Professional Development

  • 4:00pm-5:00pm
    • Presenter: Damani Phillips, Professor of Jazz and African American Studies, University of Iowa
  • 5:00pm -5:15pm
  • 5:15pm-6:00pm
    • Presenter: Adam Ferguson, Educator at Plainfield High School

Content Topics to be Discussed

Bring an interdisciplinary approach to your civil rights lessons. In an approach informally dubbed “edutainment”, Dr. Damani Phillips from the University of Iowa will discuss ways that Black music can be used to effectively share important events from the Civil Rights Movement. Conceived with the goal of heightening student awareness and enhancing retention of this important part of our nation’s narrative, the fusing of history, music and images can be a powerful pedagogical tool. Join us for an exploration of how music played a role in the movement and how we can learn from and teach Black music of the era.

Session demonstrates tested lessons and activities using music as the primary source in teaching social studies curricula such as World History, U.S. History, Sociology, and Civics. These lessons and activities have also been implemented effectively in English and Language Arts classes. Session will show how utilizing music and images helps fulfill requirements of Indiana’s state standards, can be connected to the hearing questions in the We the People program, and will help foster important 21st-century skills for students.

Scholar Presenters

Please contact Tim Kalgreen and Joseph O’Connor for more information.