Teaching About Boston’s History of Busing and School Desegregation

nerc46-presbannerWednesday, Seminar I, 1:00–2:00

Teaching About Boston’s History of Busing and School Desegregation

Kerry Dunne and Josue Sakata, Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA

 

The desegregation of Boston’s schools in the 1970s was one phase of a long struggle for equity and civil rights led by African American parents, youth, and community leaders. This workshop provides you with the knowledge, free online services, and strategies you need to teach this topic in middle and high school classrooms and connect it to current events. We consider Boston’s story in the context of national developments such as redlining, suburbanization, and northern segregation, and the long history of activism for racial equality in education. We also explore primary sources that can help address Common Core Standards and build the Historical Thinking Skills of diverse learners.

Target Audience: All

Strand Identification: U.S. History, Civics/Government, Diversity Issues