Picturing Education in the Lenses of an Anti-Racist Teacher

Amber Geckeler, 3rd Grade, Oakhurst STEAM Academy

Curriculum Unit (PDF)


Students in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools receive instruction based on a curriculum that many teachers may not have the tools or knowledge to execute with fidelity and historical truth. This unit is set to tackle the literacy standards focused in Module One of the Expeditionary Learning (EL) curriculum briefly and then dive into the historical changes of Charlotte overtime, in particular the effects of Urban Renewal.  This unit also will reflect the basis of anti-racist teaching and how every student yearns to see themselves represented in all text, not just text that signify struggle, but text that signify strength. Students will dive into their own personal views of our own city while immersing themselves into a mandated curriculum. Students will engage in art, conversations, pre-post test analysis, and historical information about the background of Charlotte, NC. This unit will focus on anti-racist pedagogical approach in hopes to allowing students to learn, explore and embrace the curriculum in a meaningful way.