Aligning with our mission to teach civil rights and social justice through Birmingham’s history of conflict and courage, TMP offers a series of professional development workshops that serve to equip educators with the tools and knowledge for how to effectively teach civil rights history, and highlights lesser-known figures of the civil rights movement.
After completing the 1) Conflict and Courage Education Workshop, 2) Social Justice Training, and 3) Mindfulness and Conflict Management Workshop, attendees will receive a certificate of completion, books and additional resources, a $100.00 stipend, and 4 professional development learning credits from either UAB or the University of Montevallo (depending on the school district).
The Conflict and Courage Workshop overviews our curriculum, designed for grades 4, 6, 7, and 11, whose lessons and activities can be tailored to fit K-12 classrooms. The Conflict and Courage lesson plan focuses on two intertwined events in Birmingham history that represent concepts of conflict and courage: the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on September 15, 1963, and the speech the next day, made by Charles Morgan, Jr. to white businessmen of Birmingham, publicly condemning all of white Birmingham for letting years of racism and abuse go unpunished. The speech became a book, A Time To Speak, which Morgan wrote after threats to his family led him to leave Birmingham. A Time To Speak is part of the curriculum, walking students through the people in Birmingham, the bombing and its aftermath.
Recognizing that culturally responsive instruction helps educators close achievement gaps, the social justice training serves as a framework for anti-bias education and equips attendees with language that is useful in the workplace, school, and in teaching the Conflict and Courage curriculum. This workshop also educates attendees how to recognize implicit bias, macro and microaggressions in order to promote overall cultural competence.
Mindfulness is a valuable wellness and self-care tool for educators, and helps to reduce stress and burnout. Additionally, mindfulness and conflict management tools can be used to promote healthy relationships between educators and their students, promote effective teaching, and create a safe space for difficult conversations.
Our Speaker’s Bureau plan focuses on two intertwined events in Birmingham’s history that represent both concepts of conflict and courage: the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on September 15, 1963, and the speech the next day, by Charles Morgan, Jr. to businessmen of Birmingham, publicly condemning all of white Birmingham for letting years of racism and abuse go unpunished. We invite educators, civic organizations, and businesses to listen to our dynamic panel of speakers discuss their experiences related to the events that happened in 1963.
The Conflict and Courage Bus Tour takes teachers and high school students on a historical tour of Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma. This tour allows students to interact with history in person, and hear from civil rights footsoldiers. The tour is completely free, with breakfast, lunch and t-shirts provided.
This scholarship contest is designed to help students reflect on the role they play in creating a better community for all. First, Second, and Third place prize winners will receive a scholarship for the furtherance of their educational pursuits.