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Teaching with Primary Sources-MTSU 2017 Summer Institute

The Teaching with Primary Sources-MTSU 2017 Summer Institute will explore the Jim Crow period (1896-1930s). The Plessy v. Ferguson decision in 1896 granted constitutional approval to segregation as long as it was "equal." This stamp of approval from the Supreme Court allowed Southern states to move forward with the roll back of rights to African Americans that had started as soon as Reconstruction ended. African American communities responded by building institutions such as schools, churches, businesses, and social organizations to improve their lives and to support their vibrant communities in the face of the harsh segregation system.

Content experts will discuss the changes happening in Tennessee during this pivotal period including the building of Rosenwald schools across the state. Participants will spend time researching relevant collections, exhibitions, and materials available from the Library of Congress. Experienced educators will share strategies on incorporating the inquiry method and primary sources in the classroom. TPS staff will discuss the importance of using historic sites as primary sources and strategies for connecting site visits to classroom teaching.

Dates: Tuesday – Thursday, June 13-15

Location: West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center

Theme: Building Community in the Age of Jim Crow

The goal of the institute is to provide educators a strong foundation in the historical content related to the theme; provide instruction and share strategies for using primary sources both in the classroom and in conjunction with visits to historic sites; and immerse participants in relevant collections and materials available from the Library of Congress Web site.


Requirements for participants:

  • Prior familiarity with Teaching with Primary Sources and the Library of Congress Web site
  • Completion of advanced readings
  • Participation in online discussions on the TPS Teacher Network
  • Attendance on all three days

Participants will receive:

  • Instruction and guidance from content experts, leaders experienced in the inquiry method, and in-service educators
  • Lunch on three days
  • Transportation to historic sites visited
  • Travel stipend ($100)
  • Handouts and other educator materials
  • Certificate of Completion, that can be redeemed for professional development credit hours

Participants will be encouraged to create lesson plans and to submit their completed products to us for posting on our Web site and for receipt of an additional stipend.


Day One: June 13

  • 9:00 - Introductions, orientation, and overview of institute
  • 9:15 - Icebreaker Activity
  • 9:30 - Brainstorming: What do we know about the Jim Crow period?
  • 9:40 - Content Speaker: Dr. Mary Hoffschwelle
  • 10:40 - Break
  • 10:55 - Activity: Primary Source Analysis
  • 12noon - Lunch
  • 12:45 - Activity: Education Reform during the Progressive Era and the Rosenwald Schools of the American South
  • 1:30 - Break
  • 1:45 - Activity: Jim Crow and the America Road Trip
  • 2:45 - Reflection and Exit Activity
  • 3:00 - Dismiss

Day Two: June 14

  • 8:15 - Meet at West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center
  • 8:30 - Depart for Dunbar-Carver Museum, Brownsville
  • 8:40 - Tour Dunbar-Carver Museum
  • 9:20 - Leave for Whiteville
  • 10:00 - Tour site of Allen-White School
  • 10:20 - Leave for Jackson
  • 11:05 - Tour West Bemis School
  • 11:30 - Leave for Lunch in Jackson
  • 12:00 - Lunch at local restaurant
  • 1:00 - Leave for Milan
  • 1:30 - Tour Polk-Clark Museum
  • 2:15 - Leave for Brownsville
  • 3:15 - Tour Flagg Grove School
  • 3:45 - Dismiss

Day Three: June 15

  • 9:00 - Teacher Presentation: Will Kelley (Kirby HS, Shelby County Schools) - Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois: Education Philosophies
  • 10:00 - Activity - Strategies for Using Primary Sources
  • 11:00 - Break
  • 11:15 - Finding Primary Sources
  • 12noon - Lunch
  • 12:45 - Create Lesson Plans
  • 2:00 - Break
  • 2:15 - Share Projects
  • 2:45 - Closing Reflection Activity
  • 3:00 - Wrap-up
  • 3:30 - Dismiss

Institute staff will be on hand for one-on-one discussion and assistance.

For additional information contact Stacey Graham or Kira Duke.