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ERIC Number: EJ922147
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2680
Building Partnerships to Hear Freedom's Heroes within Our Community
Anand, Bernadette; Fine, Michelle; Perkins, Tiffany; Surrey, David
History of Education Quarterly, v44 n1 p113-119 Mar 2004
Each morning, 10 yellow school buses end their circuit through Montclair, New Jersey, to drop off 149 of Renaissance Middle School's 225 students. Community activists, almost forty years ago, had fought long and hard for school integration in this northern town. After court battles, parent meetings, community resistance, and ultimate victory, the struggle resulted in a public school system dedicated to both "choice" and integration. Renaissance School is a racially integrated, explicitly detracked, rigorous small school filled with a faculty dedicated to youth, to rigor, and to social justice. As a faculty, every effort was made to build curriculum through the rich diversity, history, and experience of the town. The theme "Movements and Migrations" organized the seventh-grade curriculum. The students had explored the Civil Rights Movement, the Labor Movement, the Women's Movement, and the Westward movement. To build the oral history project into the curriculum, a weekly oral history course was offered for four sections over nine weeks. During this time, students would conduct up to thirty interviews of people involved in the desegregation efforts and document and present these oral histories in book form to be shared with school and local community. The result was a chronicle of the inequity as well as the possibilities for change, a book entitled, "Keeping the Struggle Alive: Studying Desegregation in Our Town." Since its publication, the youth have presented their work from the book in communities throughout the Northeast. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey