Bringing African-American History to Life for Today's Students

Feb 19, 2015

The journey of African-Americans in our nation is one of strength, resilience, and achievement. By exposing today's young people, and tomorrow's community leaders, to the empowering stories of the African-American community we hope to help students draw inspiration from the grit and determination of these remarkable women and men who have risen above the challenges they faced, and made the world a better place.

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Washington Federal is proud to partner with EverFi, a leading educational technology company, to bring African American history education to local high schools during the month of February, African American history month. Through immersive, engaging digital media and learning simulations, students explore important individuals,historical events, texts, and themes in vivid detail. This program, entitled 306: African-American History, has been developed in collaboration with Dr. Clayborne Carson, one of the foremost scholars in the field.

Why "306"? From the Harlem artists collective “Group 306” to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s preferred room, number 306, in the Lorraine Motel in Memphis where he was assassinated in 1968, the term “306” represents themes of creativity, strength, grit, and determination that have characterized the African-American journey.

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." - Frederick Douglass

306 covers topics, individuals and events that have been highly influential in American history, these include the Underground Railroad, Frederick Douglass, Madam CJ Walker, Hiram Revels, Phillis Wheatley, the Harlam Renaissance, Althea Gibson, Brown vs. Board of  Education, and the Freedom Rides.

The Learning Experience

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Highly Engaging Content

306: African-American History features custom-built engaging content, including interactive maps, simulated interviews with key historical figures, a structured analytical essay activity, and interactive digital versions of texts, speeches and letters.

Interactive Exercises

Course content is organized into short interactive vignettes focused on specific events, individuals, or concepts that played a major role in Africa-American history.

Standards Mapping 306: African-American History is designed to address the skills and proficiencies outlined in the Common Core State Standards for Writing and Literacy in History/Social Studies. The course also helps students dig deeply into numerous important historical texts, many of which are included in state standards for US History. Students who complete 306 will be exposed to all of the Common Core Anchor Standards, helping them to prepare for year-end testing, college and future careers.

Want to learn more about African American History Month? These sites have some valuable information about the topic.