Professional Development For Teachers
I don't bore or talk down to teachers. I do address their questions and concerns honestly and knowledgeably. I model the strategies and questions I have used for twenty years to engage young people in history and connect it to their lives. I bring a deep knowledge from many years of teaching college, researching in archives, thinking historically, and unusually, writing for and working with kids and teens. And I want to be helpful as well as inspiring to your teachers.
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Dr. Annette Laing brings a realistic approach to teaching topics related to African American history in a way that recognizes the obstacles and importance of the subject matter. Her passion for support resonates through her content knowledge and the pedagogical strategies that she shares. Teachers left prepared to engage students in effective instruction around topics that they may have avoided in the past for a variety of reasons.
Zoom Presentations to K12, Summer 2021
K12 Curriculum Coordinator, Clayton County Schools (Metro Atlanta)
Agency, Complication, Representation: African-American History in U.S. Surveys
Audiences: Elementary, Middle, or High School Teachers
Teachers are excited but sometimes nervous about strengthening their coverage of African-American history in the classroom in these contentious times. And yet the simplest of pedagogies, storytelling, is key to increasing student engagement and understanding, and when it’s backed by fact and scholarship, it can resist political attacks of all kinds. Annette offers engaging sample content from the work of academic historians in an accessible form, and shows how a matter of fact approach based on solid evidence gives teachers the curiosity and confidence they need to embed African-American history in their US history classes. Annette shows how detailed storytelling and emphasis on the significance of events and figures can help illuminate the curriculum’s generalizations and key points, as well as revealing how Black history is threaded throughout US history curriculum. Stories like:
- A 17th century tobacco planter whose life shows us that the idea of race in American history might not have taken the turn it did.
- A 1906 Civil Rights Conference, attended by W.E. B. DuBois, that shows the robust and organized response of Black communities to Jim Crow, in which they demanded civil rights.
- An early twentieth-century man who escaped the Deep South and led his life in a parallel universe overseas, in which he could more fully realize his talents, revealing how Jim Crow restrained opportunity and enrichment for communities.
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