OSU-Tulsa is helping teachers build a curriculum for teaching one of the darkest days in the city’s history.
The university is hosting a 3 day workshop on the Tulsa Race Massacre that wraps up Thursday. Educators have spent each day learning more about the 1921 Massacre from literature, guest speakers, and discussions. They have also been touring the Greenwood district to see the sites of history itself.
“There’s a difference in learning the historical facts about it and then seeing the survivors’ stories,” says Dominique Jones, a teacher at Council Oak Elementary. "I think 10 years ago or even 5 years ago it was kind of a niche. There wasn’t a lot of knowledge about how to it. Now there are a lot of dedicated teachers that are ready to learn more and take it into their classrooms."
Many of these teachers say they grew up in Oklahoma and never learned about the massacre. According to the State Department of Education, the topic has only been required to be taught in Oklahoma History Classes since the year 2000
The workshop runs through Thursday.