Press Release

Share My Lesson Connects the Classroom to 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

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Friday, August 23, 2013


Marcus Mrowka
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Largest Online Community for Educators Features Civil Rights Resources to Promote the Next Generation
of Socially Aware Students

WASHINGTON— Share My Lesson, the nation's largest online community of educators, invites all educators to celebrate the legacy of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom by bringing it alive in the classroom through a newly created collection of free lessons and classroom materials about the historic event and civil rights movement.

"Share My Lesson's efforts to compile useful and effective lessons and classroom materials on the civil rights movement ensures the legacy created on Aug. 28, 1963, by those 250,000 marchers is kept alive," said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. "The purpose is to teach students to celebrate the civil rights accomplishments of the past 50 years as well as empower them to identify and stand up against injustice today."

The collection of lesson plans consists of resources on the event, such as tools to dissect and compare Martin Luther King's prepared speech with his delivered speech. Also featured are teaching materials about other civil rights activists such as Bayard Rustin, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey and A. Philip Randolph. The collection includes unique lesson plans that challenge students to study, research and analyze the different strategies employed to advance the African-American freedom struggle and their influence on the civil rights movement.

"This important collection of Common Core-aligned materials allows middle school and high school students to comprehend the impact that the March on Washington had on the civil rights movement and the issue of equality overall," added Scott Noon, general manager of Share My Lesson. "It helps teachers create a generation of students who will evolve into educated, socially conscious and responsible adults capable of continuing efforts to promote civil rights and maintain equality for generations to come."

Share My Lesson is the fastest-growing professional online community for educators in the United States, registering more than 300,000 members since it was launched in 2012. There are more than 265,000 resources on Share My Lesson—more than 7,000 of which are aligned with the Common Core—so that first-year and veteran teachers can access material that will help them prepare for the start of school and the months ahead.

Lesson plan examples:
March on Washington: Bayard Rustin
In this activity, students learn about Bayard Rustin and explore why his involvement in the March is largely forgotten in American history. Rustin's status as an outsider—African-American, pacifist, socialist and gay—made him keenly aware of injustice in the United States.

March on Washington: Dr. King's Speech
This lesson helps high school students explain how King's "I Have a Dream" speech at the 1963 March on Washington differed from the one he prepared, and helps them formulate reasoned opinions on why King would change his prepared speech as he delivered it. Additionally, students will be able to identify rhetorical devices King employed in his famous speech.

March on Washington: Comparison of Strategies
From the late 19th century to the mid-20th century, four important African-American leaders—Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey and A. Philip Randolph—developed different strategies for advancing the African-American freedom struggle. After doing careful research, students decide whose strategy for advancing the struggle was most effective.


About Share My Lesson
Share My Lesson was developed by the American Federation of Teachers and TSL Education, creators of TES Connect, the largest network of teachers in the world. Share My Lesson is a place where educators can come together to share their very best teaching resources and collaborate on practice. This free platform gives access to high-quality teaching resources and provides an online community where teachers can collaborate with, encourage and inspire each other. Share My Lesson has a significant resource bank for the Common Core State Standards, covering all aspects of the standards, from advice to guides that support the standards.

About the American Federation of Teachers
The American Federation of Teachers, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, was founded in 1916 and today represents 1.5 million members in more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide. Five divisions within the AFT represent the broad spectrum of the AFT's membership: pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; and nurses and other healthcare professionals. In addition, the AFT represents approximately 80,000 early childhood educators and nearly 250,000 retiree members.

About TSL Education
TSL Education exists to drive up standards of education by putting the right teachers in the right jobs and giving them the tools to be the very best that they can be. "We believe that teachers around the world are the single most important influence on a child's education and that they need to access the very best content and resources to inspire their students. By pooling the vast knowledge, experience and creativity of teachers, and by giving them the ability to review and share the very best lesson content, we believe that the education system can be transformed for the better," said Louise Rogers, CEO, TSL Education. TSL has proven that pooling knowledge leads to radically better lessons, while saving teachers valuable prep time.


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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.