Tch Laureate Geneviève Debose Akinnagbe teaches ELA at Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists (BSSWA) in New York City, a secondary school where teachers refer to their students as Scholar-Activists. She’s developed a unit on Scholar Activism for her middle school students to give them a better idea of what that title means and the honor it carries.
So far, we’ve explored the following questions:
- What, exactly, is scholar activism, and why is it important to teach our students about scholar activism in the classroom?
- How might we create a scholar-activist experience?
- What connections can we make to help us collaborate with our communities as scholar-activists?
- How might we engage our students in community action projects?
- How might we use the physical space in our classrooms as a learning tool?
In this post, Geneviève shares how her students present their work to a community panel.
Geneviève Debose Akinnagbe is an educator, artist, and activist who has taught middle school for over a decade. She is a proud National Board Certified Teacher and U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellow. Geneviève strongly believes that education is a tool for social justice and empowerment, and that learning experiences for children should be culturally relevant, student-centered, and interactive. She started her teaching career as a 1999 Teach for America corps member and currently serves as a commissioner on the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future. Geneviève is a seventh grade English Language Arts teacher at Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists in New York City. Connect with Geneviève on Twitter: @GenevieveDeBose.