Teaching Truth in Challenging Times

Teaching Truth in Challenging Times

A collaborative effort between the University of Virginia Center for Liberal Arts, Virginia Humanities, Learning for Justice, Center for Anti-Racist Education, and New American History

A Free Online Program for K-12 Teachers
April 9th, 2022 (9:00 AM – 4:15 PM EST)

Through this online program, we aim to provide a safe and trusting platform to share practical skills, language, strategies, and resources to teach truth during this challenging time. In addition to hearing from well-respected experts, scholars, and educators, Teaching Truth in Challenging Times will also include a panel of public and private high school students sharing their experience with the heightened challenges to their learning. 

Registration closed on April 8th @ 3pm EST.

< Lead Organizer >

Lisa Woolfork
    Co-Director, Center for the Liberal Arts, University of Virginia.


Tentative Agenda (subject to change)

9:00 - 9:15        

Registration --Zoom opens, Participants enter. Add name/grade level/location in the chat (optional)

9:15 - 9:30        

Opening Remarks

9:30 - 9:45        

Q&A Session: Questions, establish where we are as a group.

9:45 -10:30       

Teaching Through - and With - Historical Tensions.

Ed Ayers
    Executive Director, New American History and 
    Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities, University of Richmond

Annie Evans
    Director of Education and Outreach, New American History, University of Richmond.


Break/Q&A Session

10:45 - 11:30    

Advocating for the Teaching of Honest History: What Teachers Can Do.

Sarah-SoonLing Blackburn
    Assoc. Director, Learning in Schools, Learning for Justice, Southern Poverty Law Center.

11:30 - 11:45    

Break/Q&A Session

11:45 - 12:30    

Teaching Social Studies in Anxious Times.

Maureen Costello
    Exec. Director, Center for Anti-Racist Education, Stand for Children Leadership Center.

12:30 - 12:45   

Break/Q&A Session

12:45 - 1:30      LUNCH

1:30 - 1:45        

Welcome Address

Sally Hudson
Delegate (District 57), Virginia General Assembly. Asst. Professor of Public Policy, University of Virginia 

1:45 - 2:30        

Honesty in Education: Protecting the Truth

Taisha C. Steele, Ed.S.
Director of Human and Civil Rights, Virginia Education Association

2:30 - 3:30        

Student Panel Discussion

Alexis Mason
    Instructional Coach, Charlottesville High School.

Yahusef Medina
    Associate Director of Community Initiatives, Virginia Humanities.

3:30 - 4:00        

Teacher Sharing/Resource Review

4:00 - 4:15        

Closing Remarks

 *preliminary agenda, subject to change


This program is sponsored by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.


April 9, 2022 9:00am


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