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An African American Journey: A Resource for Learning the History of African Americans in Maryland and the United States is a teacher’s resource guide developed by the museum and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). This resource guide for grades 4-8 offers 43 lessons on social studies, language arts and the fine arts that highlight the contributions of African Americans in Maryland and the nation. To obtain a copy, please contact the education department at 443-263-1829 or Taylor@maamc.org.  The Museum and MSDE are finalizing high school lessons for An African American Journey teacher’s resource guide. Get sample lessons on the contributions of African Americans from the Maryland State Department of Education website.

Lessons Connected to Our Exhibitions
The Kinsey Collection, spans 400 years of African American history and culture, including an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation. View lessons built around pieces in the collection here (79mb)This exhibition has left the museum.

School Resource Guide

New 2014-2015 School Program Guide is coming soon.
Learn about our full menu of school tours; theatrical performances in our theater for school groups about prominent African Americans; and other opportunities for students through the museum. Included in the guide is information about professional development opportunities for Maryland educators to obtain recertification credits through course work exploring the curriculum, An African American Journey.

Professional Development

The Museum offers Maryland educators professional development classes earning recertification credits exploring the curriculum, An African American Journey.  These courses will utilize curriculum lessons and strategies for teaching African American history in the classroom.  Maryland educators will earn one credit towards teacher recertification upon completing the course. Course offerings comply with State Curriculum Standards. To register for a course please call the education department at 443-263-1829 or by email at Taylor@maamc.org.



Professional Development for High School Social Studies Teachers
Part I: Workshop, 
Dates: Three sessions (January 24, 31 & February 7, 2015 – Inclement Weather Days:  March 7 and/or 14, 2015)

Location: The Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Time: 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.   
Educators will examine lessons on the Civil Rights Movement in An African American Journey’s curriculum in order to teach historical inquiry about the movement.  Lessons will address Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards.  Participants will receive content lectures and interactive instruction from experts on the subject.
MSDE credit earned: 1 CPD Credit
 Part II: Teacher’s Practicum, Dates: February 9 through March 31, 2015, Location: Online
Educators will examine lessons on the Civil Rights Movement in the An African American Journey’s in order to teach historical inquiry about the movement.  Lessons will address Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards. Participants will receive training in a face to face meeting and will teach one lesson to three of their classes. Teachers will give feedback and discuss lessons online in order to share examples of their students’ work.
MSDE credit earned: 2 CPD Credit
**Participants may take Part I and/or Part II


2014 National Visionary Leadership Project’s (NVLP) Black Quilted Narratives
Summer Teacher’s Institute
Date: July 28, 2015-July 31, 2015, Time: 9 am to 4 pm

America is a country that is built upon a tradition of storytelling. From bedtime stories to Aesop’s Fables, Americans have used the power of their words to weave stories to teach, guide, and instruct their children ultimately helping them to embrace and tell their own stories. Everyone has a story and it is important that the stories and legacies are collected and catalogued for future generations. NVLP has taken the lead by collecting over 300 interviews with African American visionaries from the Civil Rights Era. In an effort to share these interviews with students across the country, NVLP is hosting its first-ever Black Quilted Narratives Summer Teacher Institute—where teachers will have an opportunity to deeply engage with the NVLP interviews; to learn and integrate new scholarly perspectives on teaching and learning, specifically the use of storytelling as an effective pedagogical tool; and, to examine the effectiveness of using primary source video material in the classroom. Held at the historic Reginald F. Lewis Museum, teachers will spend a week studying and learning about the Civil Rights Movement from local historians; and, writing culturally responsive lesson plans with Content Specialists and Diversity Experts.
 At the National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP), we inspire, engage, and educate the next generation.  Since our founding in 2001, we have witnessed the power of stories to change the leaders of tomorrow.  The NVLP has recorded and preserved more than 330 high-quality video personal interviews with extraordinary African-American elders--Visionaries--who have transcended barriers, shaped American history, and influenced the world through the rich African American tradition of social change.  The Oral History Archive is housed in the U.S. Library of Congress and available through the NVLP website www.visioinaryproject.org.


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