The Academy of Teachers of African American Studies returns for the second year | UTSA today | UTSA

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“The teachers weren’t ready to start teaching African American Studies at the high school level because they had not been trained for it,” she explained. “And so, there was an outcry for training to help prepare teachers to begin this process over the past school year, and we rose to the challenge. … We were among the first.

Broadus and co-presenters Mario salas and Charles Gentry decided that the Academy should follow the requirements of the state, dividing their workshops into subjects such as history, economy, culture, citizenship, geography and government.

“We divided them up based on what areas we thought, between the three of us we could tackle the best,” Broadus said.

The trio opted for a two-day workshop format, spending 40 minutes on each topic and giving attendees the opportunity to ask questions and discuss. They also provided resources for teachers in attendance, such as a curriculum guide with topics they could use in their own classrooms.

While the academy caters primarily to teachers, it is also open to students, school administrators, and members of the community. This diverse group of participants enriches the experience for all, says Broadus, as it allows ideas to be shared among people from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Broadus also says that greater participation can be particularly beneficial for teachers in attendance, as it allows for networking opportunities that can lead to additional people or resources that they can use in their classes.

Additionally, Broadus is inviting the UTSA community, including faculty and staff, and in particular UTSA student teachers.

“We also invited our teachers to participate,” she said, “because it is absolutely necessary that they have the information. They are preparing to come in and teach in the classroom, so we definitely invite our College of Education [and Human Development] undergraduates.

Broadus describes this year’s academy, titled “Elevating Voices for the African American Studies Curriculum,” as a continuation of the previous one, rather than a reintroduction to African American studies. As such, those who attended the academy last summer are encouraged to participate again.

“There’s going to be new material just because we’ve decided to add new information,” Broadus said. “We decided that we had to recognize the relationship with social justice, with the Black Lives Matter movement and with other current events.”

An example of updated content will be the Tulsa Race Massacre and the destruction of the neighborhood known as “Black Wall Street”.

“This was mentioned last year, but my God,” Broadus said. “There are so many other things to expand on, just on this topic, because it was all in your face for the last few weeks. ”

Broadus promises that the academy will prove invaluable to teachers, even beyond counting for their required professional development hours.

“You’re going to get a wealth of information. … Unless you’ve been a professional historian, you don’t have all the information to provide to your class, ”she said.

Thanks to its online format, the academy is becoming popular with teachers outside of San Antonio.

“I have emails in my inbox right now from Dallas where teachers want to sign up for the workshop,” Broadus said. “We have Dallas, we have Austin, we have Houston and San Antonio ready to hear when we can get everyone on the list. So we get that kind of support for what we’re doing. I feel the love in this regard.


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