About Teaching the Underground Railroad Course

The Cooperative Underground Railroad Education Partnership


The story of the Underground Railroad is a well-documented part of American history. Unfortunately, much of the information and documents from this important history, as well as the stories of African history and African-American history, have not been readily accessible to students and teachers.

 

Eastern Michigan University’s College of Education, along with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and the Quarlls Watkins Heritage Project (QWHP) was awarded a 2009 U.S. Department of Education Underground Railroad grant to create instructional materials and activities to help all students learn about African and African American history. The partnership resulted in the creation of the Underground Railroad: The struggle against slavery portal, developed and housed by the Charles H. Wright Muserm of African American History for students, teachers, and researchers to access information about these histories.

 

Additionally, an online course is available to educators to learn to teach about the Underground Railroad and other histories; A  hybrid course is also offered through Eastern Michigan University that incorporates virtual and on-campus sessions including field trips to the Charles H. Wright Museum African American History and local historical sites. This course is offered during summer semesters for graduate credit and State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs).... more

 

The high quality instructional materials support the Pan African Nurturing and Development Association (PANDA) Games, educators now have access to high quality instructional materials, activities, and professional development opportunities. In turn, thousands of students will benefit from being able to access and learn about African and African American history in general, and the Underground Railroad in particular. Online accessibliity to these resources will have significant impact not only to educators and students, but to local and national communities as well.

 

In developing this course we had the opportunity to visit and consult with various organizations and institutions through conferences dedicated to the Underground Railroad. 


Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference

Chesapeake College, Cambridge Branch, Cambridge, MD

http://tubmanugrr.blogspot.com/


National Underground Railroad Freedom Center 

http://freedomcenter.org/about-us


The National Park Service, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (NTF) Program

http://www.nps.gov/subjects/ugrr/index.htm

 

A  more indepth hybrid course is offered through Eastern Michigan University that incorporates virtual and on-campus sessions.  You will also visit the Charles H. Wright African American History Museum and local historical sites. This course is offered during summer semesters for graduate credit and

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All images, multimedia and resources throughout this site are the creation of grant stafff or have been obtained with permission from the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History, U.S. Library of Congress or Public Domain.