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Voices of Change: African American Studies and Social Justice

March 18 - May 3, 2024


Grade 12



Skills Learned:

*Research and Analysis
*Presentation and Communication
*Critical Thinking


Classtimes will be coordinated between the Lead Teacher and Teacher Fellow

Session Length:

March 18 - May 3, 2024

Number of Sessions:

2 of 2

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 invites students to explore African American Studies through the lens of social justice while examining the essential question: How can I inform the public and my community about social justice issues that lead to antiracist policies, practices, and dialogue?

In this project-based learning experience, students will have the autonomy to select a social justice topic that resonates with them, embarking on a process of research and presentation aimed at enlightening both their peers and the wider community. Students will engage in meaningful dialogue and critical discussions that encourage heightened awareness and action. They will also uncover the multifaceted layers of social justice issues, shedding light on the repercussions within the black community.

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Gabby Jean-Jacques

Gabrielle Jean-Jacques, affectionately known as Gabby, has been an educator in the Boston Public schools for the past 14 years. Most recently she has headed up the Black Studies Department at Another Course to College High School in Hyde Park, MA serving as the African American Studies teacher including serving as the AP African American Studies teacher in its Year 2 pilot stage. In addition to her teaching role, Gabby leads ACC’s SEL programming as an SEL Specialist. As a native to Boston and a first generation Haitian American, Gabby is a graduate of BPS and stayed local to attend Wheaton College in Norton, MA majoring in Sociology and minoring in African, African-American Diaspora Studies. Before graduating, with her B.A. She spent half her junior year studying abroad in South Africa! Afterwards, she pursued her Masters in Education from the University of Massachusetts at Boston through the Boston Teacher Residency program, resulting in a dual Certification in English Language Arts and Moderate Disabilities. Gabby’s teaching philosophy is grounded in Social Justice, Equity and Culturally Linguistically sustaining practices that infuses Social Emotional learning. She aims to elevate and affirm the identities of her Black and Brown students who have systematically faced inequities and marginalization in the public school system. As a lifelong learner, she continuously engages in professional development experiences that help her create safe and welcoming best practices for her students. Gabby is a happy wife and mom of two children, Washington and Alexielle. She enjoys dancing, cooking plant based dishes, and journaling as a form of self-care.

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