Teachers Institute

The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum: Integrating the Study of Black History in School Curricula

June 18, 2019






June 17, 2019



About the new summer institute for educators

Marshall’s new summer institute, called "The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum: Integrating the Study of Black History in School Curricula," is being funded through a grant of $17,100 from the West Virginia Humanities Council and a commitment of more than $40,000 from lyceum resources in cash and in-kind contributions. It is the second lyceum institute funded through collaboration with the West Virginia Humanities Council to assist teachers seeking advanced study in black history and literature.

"This institute provides instruction in a much-needed area," Morris said. "We’re still playing catch-up in putting the study of black history on equal footing with other chapters about history and literature. Woodson believed there was just one history, and African Americans were mostly left out. He didn’t want separate histories for blacks and other races – just one history that includes all people.

"We’re still addressing that problem," Morris said. "Black history is now more popular than ever, but few educators and their schools have been properly prepared in this area. As a result, black history has not been fully integrated into school curricula in most places. However, most educators I know want to learn more about black history, and we plan to give them tools to be successful in their classrooms."   

The institute emphasizes the teachings of Carter G. Woodson, who was a graduate of Douglass School in 1896 and its principal from 1900 to 1903, before he became an international figure and was recognized as the "Father of Black History." The lyceum’s previous institute was offered to the state’s teachers in 2017.

Twenty educators will be selected for the program, and they will study Woodson, black history, black literature and how to incorporate black history in their programs. They will also visit historic sites in the area. All sessions, except field trips, will take place on Marshall University’s Huntington campus June 17-21 and will be taught by national experts, including Marshall University faculty members and local historians.

The lyceum’s funding includes the teachers’ tuition for three graduate credits and provides them with a stipend of $500. Teachers will be required to commute to Marshall, collaborate with their instructors and peers, and create lesson plans for sharing with other educators on the lyceum’s website. Several lesson plans from the 2017 institute are available at www.marshall.edu/woodsonlyceum.

Applicants should apply at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L5VV8JB by 5 p.m. March 15, 2019. Questions should be addressed to Burnis Morris, Carter G. Woodson Professor and director/co-founder of the lyceum, at morrisb@marshall.edu.