Outcomes

  • Increased teachers' understanding and utilization of the components of CRI.
  • Increased teachers' capacity to deliver CRI.
  • Integrated the NVLP resources and BQN training into classroom instruction.
  • Increased students’ knowledge and awareness of the role the civil rights movement played in shaping social justice and racial healing.

Teacher Quotes:

“The BQN program has given me the resources, support and direction to teach and guide my students to become voices for the marginalized. I have spoken throughout my community about civil rights issues and helping others develop a plan on how they need to interact and respond to others who are different than them.”
“I have awakened to what is going on with systemic racism and social justice in our current society. I have grown more as an individual, both in my personal life with cultivating friendships with all types of people, and have used this cultural responsiveness to make connections with my students (of color, of gender, of special needs, of poverty, etc.) Professionally, I have grown as a teacher more this year than any other.”
“[My students] came to the table with preconceived notions. Things they learned from their parents. It was a challenge from the beginning. Then they became questioners. I would teach something. They would come back, and say at home they looked it up. Every day they would say, ‘Are we going to learn more?’”
“I noticed that my students now pay closer attention to civil rights issues, especially when someone or a group of people are denied their rights. They are now standing up for each other and showing our community how we should interact with others.”
“I have awakened to what is going on with systemic racism and social justice ...I have grown more as an individual, both in my personal life with cultivating friendships with all types of people and have used this cultural responsiveness to make connections with my students (of color, of gender, of special needs, of poverty, etc.) and professionally, I have grown as a teacher more this year than any other.”

Student Quotes:

Racial healing means…

“To move past the horrible events in the past that were the result of judging people by their skin color. To now look at one another without stereotypes and prejudices.”

Social Justice is…

“The right thing to do no matter skin color.”

“Social justice is creating equality in our society for those who are different, in one way or another, and giving everyone the same chances.”

“If a person is being bullied, like by their race or the way they look, that isn't very fair and you should be able to stick up for them even if they are not your friend.”

“It means that no matter what class, gender, sexual orientation, or race you are, you get equal treatment.”

“Justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.”

Diversity means…

“A way of being different without being judged in what you believe in and/or your gender/skin color.”

“I would define diversity as not just being black or white, but having different backgrounds and different cultures and different personalities getting together with people who don't look like you and get along.”

 

 

 

 

 

While participating in the 2015-2016 BQN Teach-Ins, students from City Neighbors Charter School in Baltimore created an art installation depicting the march that happened from Selma to Montgomery State Capital. This march was a journey many people took in order for African Americans to gain voting rights. The students also researched groups of people whose present day rights have been denied. They then showed their journeys to freedom through the forms of art and writing.

 

 

 

The BQN Summer Institute brought together teachers from Baltimore city and surrounding counties for a professional development program on Culturally Responsive Instruction.