Planning, teaching, assessing, attending seminar and methods courses and completing coursework to further develop your practice not enough? A Brown Elementary MAT said not quite, and gave testimony to the Rhode Island House Health, Education and Welfare committee in her spare time.
Under consideration by the committee is legislation, HB 7490, which would create a commission to develop guidelines for a statewide African-American history curriculum for all K-12 public schools. Lindsay Robinson, currently student teaching at The Learning Community Charter School, a high-performing school in Central Falls, RI, was featured and quoted in a recent Providence Journal article reporting on the committee hearing, at which she gave a first-hand perspective for why this curriculum is important.
Lindsay’s interest in the legislation was spurred by an original social studies unit she has developed and is teaching this spring, as all Elementary MATs do (not a masters thesis, as the article noted). Lindsay explains that the unit was inspired by her students’ interest in the history of African-Americans in Rhode Island, and Rhode Island’s involvement in slavery and the slave-trade. It’s a stellar example of the critical, student-centered education Brown MATs seek to foster.
Congratulations to Lindsay, and the young students who also gave testimony, for your advocacy and commitment to social justice teaching and learning.