"Disrupting Normative Whiteness in the History Curricula": Bosque Teachers to Present at UCLA

Bosque history teachers Arthur Knox,Timothy Green IV,  and J’Shon Lee have been selected from among 100+ applicants to present at the upcoming Teaching History Conference on May 3–4 at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). This year, the conference engages the question: What can culturally relevant and inclusive teaching look like in history and social studies classrooms across the K–16 continuum?

At the conference, the three will co-present an interactive workshop titled "The Center Will Not Hold: Disrupting Normative Whiteness in the History Curricula." The workshop will allow participants to reimagine a history curricula that challenges white supremacy, prioritizes student inquiry into inclusive counternarratives, and creates an environment that is intellectually and emotionally safe for both students and teachers. It will encourage participants to reflect on and model their process towards a paradigm shift.

“Our main goal for the workshop participants is to encourage them to challenge the way that history is framed at the school from which they come and to give them some tools and strategies to help them to shift curriculum at the schools where they teach,” said Mr. Knox.

Preparing for the conference has also allowed for some personal-professional evaluation according to Ms. Lee. “Because I am newer to the history department, this opportunity provides me with the space to evaluate my own teaching practices in relation to de-centering normative whiteness,” she said. “Ultimately, preparing for the conference with colleagues reminds me of my responsibility to intentionally provide safe learning spaces for all students, particularly those who do not see themselves represented in their curriculum...I am thankful for the opportunity to share our hopes of what equitable and inclusive education can look like for communities.”

The team was encouraged to apply for the conference presentation opportunity by Bosque upper school English teacher Dr. Nina Leacock. “(She) was aware of the conference and passed it along to me as she felt that the work we've been doing in the history department closely aligned with the main themes of the conference,” said Mr. Knox.  “Dr. Leacock encouraged us to apply and I was intrigued by the possibility.”

We are extremely excited and proud to represent Bosque in such an amazing capacity,” added Mr. Green. “I think it speaks to the hard but necessary work that we are trying to do here at Bosque.”