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Spring 2018 Project Update
Dear friends -
I am writing today to share updates about our work to document and share Harlem's educational history. Thanks to so many of you who have participated in our work so far - as a partner, contributing author, advisor, event attendee, oral history interviewee, student, or more.
As you might have noticed from the subject line, we've changed our name. We previously worked as "Educating Harlem." We're now the Harlem Education History Project. You can read more on why and how we made this change here. Thanks to those of you who helped us in making this shift.
Our digital collection:
With ongoing support from Columbia Libraries, we have been developing a digital collection of primary sources, including rich visual and oral history sources, interpretive exhibits, and more. Please take a look. Consider joining us as a participant in our open peer review process for exhibits. If you are a teacher interested in using these primary sources in your classes, please let us know. We would be happy to work with you to shape exhibits to contribute to the site or highlight your uses of the sources for others to learn about.
Project co-director Ernest Morrell and I are excited that our edited volume of thirteen essays on Harlem's educational history across the twentieth century is well on its way to completion. We will send the full manuscript out at the end of this month, and the process of editing and peer review will move forward from there.
Our high-school student program is now concluding its 5th year at Frederick Douglass Academy II. Led by experienced teachers and doctoral students in History and Education, Social Studies, Policy, and Interdisciplinary Studies at Teachers College, high school students shape and research historical questions of interest to them and share their learning with peers and adults. This work is made possible by Zankel and Duquès Social Justice fellowships at Teachers College.
In addition to ongoing partnerships with Teachers College's Institute for Urban and Minority Education and Columbia Libraries, the last two years have seen new relationships with an intergenerational group of alumni and teachers at Harlem's Wadleigh school as well as with Barnard's Harlem Semester program, the local history organization While We Are Still Here, Teachers College's MASCLab and Reimagining Education. We look forward to furthering these partnerships in the coming year.
Best wishes for a restful summer. We look forward to hearing from you if you'd like to share ideas on any of the above.
Warm wishes -
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