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Race Relations in Modern America: A Historical Perspective

January 22 - May 3, 2024


Grades 10 - 11



Skills Learned:

● Communication Skills
●Annotation and Note-Taking
●Organization Skills
●Assessment ●Preparation and Performance


If schedules do not align, this course can be offered asynchronously, and the Teacher Fellow(s) will be provided with lesson materials which will include video instructions directly from the Lead Teacher. Additionally, Teacher Fellows will have access to direct communication with the Lead Teacher.

Session Length:

January 22 - May 3, 2024

Number of Sessions:

1 of 1

This course will be part of an ongoing research study by AIR, in collaboration with CWW, the CERES Institute for Children & Youth at Boston University, and the Rennie Center. The study aims to understand teacher and student experiences in the CWW initiative, including factors influencing effective implementation, and outcomes.


Course Program:

This course examines the complex tapestry of race relations in modern America. Students will unravel the threads that connect Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movements, shedding light on their profound influence on contemporary racial dynamics. We'll begin with a concise examination of Reconstruction. Through engaging discussions and insightful analysis, we will uncover how Reconstruction's legacy of de facto and de jure segregation continues to reverberate in today's society. Next, we will look at the Civil Rights Movements of the 1960s to 1980s, dissecting the methodologies employed by courageous activists who challenged both government policies and societal norms. We’ll bridge the past with the present by engaging in thoughtful discussions about how these historical events continue to shape modern-day race relations. By the end of this course, students will have a deep understanding of the historical underpinnings of race relations and the tools to critically analyze and contribute to ongoing conversations about equity and justice in contemporary America.

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Oris T. Bryant

Oris T. Bryant has been an educator for a total of 21 years. Raised in Mattapan and after graduating from
Brown University with a law and public policy degree, he began his teaching and coaching career in New Hampshire. After six years in education, he attended Rutgers Law School - Newark and practiced corporate law for several large Boston law firms. Returning to education in 2010, he has worked at the Noble & Greenough School for the last fourteen years. His responsibilities include: social science and humanities teacher (grades 9-12), varsity basketball head coach, advising students and student groups, such as Mock Trial, and working with the school’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion department. He has been married for twenty three years and has three children (22, 20, 17). In his spare time, Oris loves to shoot hoops, read science fiction, write and watch movies.

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