History, Race, and Inclusive Education, Rooker, Summer 2019

Course Number: EDU 5515 C33
Instructor: Sarah Rooker
Location: Grafton Inn, Grafton
Dates and Times:

June 25-August 15, 2019

Credits: 3 Graduate Credits

Commuter:  $975, Double Room Residential: $1175, Single Room Residential: $1325

Note: Course payment is payable and due to Flow of History. Please register directly with Flow of History. Flow of History will then give you the link to Castleton's online registration form.

Course Description

The Institute is offered by the Flow of History. It uses reading/discussion, discussion protocols, and historical inquiry as entry points to courageous conversations about race. It is a methods course for teachers in grades 5 - 12 to introduce the use of cross-curricular readings and investigations. The institute will follow a C3 Inquiry Framework with workshops on developing historical questions, developing supportive discussion protocols, investigating primary sources, and sharing new understandings. Participants reflect on classroom practice and develop an inquiry project for their students as a final assignment.

Course Goals & Objectives

Course Goals:

  1. To use nearby history to prompt discussions about race and identity.
  2. To learn methods of engaging students in inquiry.
  3. To develop supportive discussion protocols for conversations about race and identity.

 Course Objectives:

  • Learn how to have courageous conversations about race.
  • Consider how our own perceptions of identity influence our teaching.
  • Use history to prompt meaningful discussions about race and identity with students.
  • Consider how to help students become empathetic leaders and agents of change.

Required Texts

(Flow of History provides all reading materials)

            You will also receive photocopies of these in your notebook. Please read them ahead of time if possible.  If you can only read some ahead of time, please read Beginning Courageous Conversations about Race and What White Children Need to know about Race before you arrive. 

Required Readings: Fiction

  • Angela Medearis, Daisy and the Doll --handed out at institute
  • Mildred Walter, Alec’s Primer --read-aloud at institute
  • Jacqueline Woodson, "Main Street"

Supplementary Readings:

  • David Blight, “All our Terrible and Beautiful History” from Teaching Tolerance (2018)

For additional course information

Sarah Rooker

(802) 299-0282

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 468-1325

Register online now!