Friday and Saturday found Walla Walla High School social studies teacher Michelle Higgins and Whitman College senior Sophie Schouboe presenting on the “Whitman Teaches the Movement” program during the annual National Council for the Social Studies conference in St. Louis, Mo.
The program was created in conjunction with the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The presentations for K-12 educators and college professionals include information about successful implementation of this training and teaching model to increase Civil Rights Education using college students as mentors.
“Whitman Teaches the Movement” came into being because the poverty center found many states fail to teach Civil Rights education successfully based on an examination of their curriculum standards.
This is the third year of “Whitman Teaches the Movement” in Walla Walla.
Approximately 150 students from Whitman volunteer in local classrooms to teach the lessons.