On March 24, 2021, the Pulitzer Center education team held a discussion with administrators and educators from Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) about their process writing and sharing curriculum connected to The 1619 Project with students in grades 7-12 over the past year. Dr. Fatima Morrell, Associate Superintendent for Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Initiatives for Buffalo Public Schools, shares why and how BPS staff embarked on developing lesson plans that connect essays from The 1619 Project to district standards. Niya Sosa, Coordinator of Curriculum Infusion and Diversity, joined Dr. Morrell to describe examples of lesson plans developed in partnership with BPS educators.
Buffalo Public Schools educators Genah Lasby, 11th Grade U.S. History and A.P U.S. History teacher, and Enadrienne Dubose, 12th grade English as a New Language (ENL) teacher, present on their process sharing lessons developed by BPS and describe the impact that the lessons have had on their students. The session ended with questions from participants.
The 1619 Project from The New York Times Magazine reexamines the legacy of enslavement in the United States and highlights the contributions of Black Americans to our democracy. Curricular resources using materials from the project are available on the Pulitzer Center website.