During Spring 2014, WTTM is excited to be able to add a new module to coincide with Cesar Chavez Day (March 31). During that week, Whitman student volunteers will partner with Walla Walla High School and Lincoln High School to screen the award-winning film Viva La Causa and facilitate small discussion groups about this important campaign for equal rights and justice.
As a collaboration between Whitman College, Walla Walla Public Schools, and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project, Whitman Teaches the Movement (WTTM) trains Whitman students to go into local public school classrooms to teach creative, historically specific lessons on the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.
After the Southern Poverty Law Center released a report in 2011 giving Washington State a failing grade for our state requirements for teaching Civil Rights history, Whitman responded by initiating WTTM, a project that enriches the educational experience of both public school students and volunteer teachers from Whitman College. Whitman Teaches the Movement emphasizes the present day importance of the Civil Rights Movement and shows how it could be more fully and creatively incorporated into school curricula.
We’d like to thank the following Whitman College departments for their generous support
- Office of the President
- Dean of Students Office
- Student Engagement Center
- Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty
- Dr. Kate Shuster’s public talk Monday evening sponsored by the Groseclose Endowed Lectureship