KATH is proud to announce that Dr. Ryan Crowley, recently hired in to the University of Kentucky College of Education, will facilitate a breakout session at this year’s Annual Meeting. Dr. Crowley is Assistant Professor for Elementary Education Social Studies who invites us to think about how when we teach US History and Civics/ Government (through its emphasis on voting rights) we too often present the civil rights of minority groups as fixed and immutable rather than — as he puts it in his article in Race, Ethnicity, and Education — “contingent and vulnerable.”
Dr. Crowley’s session is titled, “Critical race theory and teaching the US Civil Rights Movement.” He sends us this description:
This session will introduce a few of the basic tenets of critical race theory and use theses principles to explore an alternative way of looking at iconic civil rights landmarks such as Brown v. Board of Education and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Attendees will explore primary source documents related to these events and discuss how this framework adds to our understanding of the US political landscape that accommodated the passage of civil rights reforms.