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Black History Commission of Arkansas announces Black History Workshop

5/21/2014

"Profiles in Arkansas Black History,” a workshop sponsored by the Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas History Commission will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 West Ninth Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201.

Each year, the workshop profiles historic African American people, places, and events. This year’s theme is “Teaching African American History in Arkansas Schools: The Current Reality.” The focus of this workshop will be to show teachers and educators interesting ways to teach African American History in Arkansas Schools. The workshop will feature presentation from educators from elementary, middle, and high school grades, and a discussion of Act 326 of 1997, which requires the Commissioner of the Arkansas Department of Education "to oversee dissemination of instructional materials and training for the teaching of African-American history in grades K-12 in Arkansas public schools and training in racial and ethnic awareness and sensitivity for teachers and administrators." Presenters will be:

Candace Pahlas - "Great Black Scientists and Inventors and their Contribution to the World"

Avil Snow and Regina Davis - "Do You Really Know Where Rice Originated From?"

Shelina Warren - "African American History in the Middle: The Common Core Way"

Discussion Panel:
Act 326 of 1997, which requires the Commissioner of the Arkansas Department of Education "to oversee dissemination of instructional materials and training for the teaching of African-American history in grades K-12 in Arkansas public schools and training in racial and ethnic awareness and sensitivity for teachers and administrators. Panelists will include:

Dr. John Graves
Senator Linda Chesterfield
Erma Franks

Professional Development hours will be available. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Please email Tatyana Oyinloye at tatyana.oyinloye@arkansas.gov or call 501-682-6892 to register. Please remember to tell her if you have any special dietary requirements for your meal. We look forward to seeing you there!