Voices for Change: 2019-2020 Cohort

Teaching about the May 4 Legacy

Teachers participating in the Summer Educators Summit will continue their learning over the academic year through the Voices for Change Cohort as teachers record and reflect on their teaching using inquiry pedagogy. Teachers will convene in the Fall for a face-to-face meeting to further explore inquiry pedagogy and to share their experiences using inquiry in their classrooms. Project faculty will conduct individual meetings and observations with participating teachers throughout the school year and there will be quarterly virtual meetings with all participating teachers using Zoom or other meeting platforms. A final face-to-face meeting at the end of the school year will be held offering opportunities for teachers to reflect on their experience using inquiry pedagogy and to plan for next year.

Middle and High School Student Inquiry Projects

The Voices for Change Cohort will also offer the opportunity for teachers to engage their students in deep learning to study the historical context of the Kent State shootings and to also engage their students in inquiry projects focused on the legacy of May 4 as well as contemporary events and relevant topics of civil disobedience, peaceful protest, and the First Amendment. Voices for Change Cohort teacher-student teams will have opportunities to attend speakers and events hosted at Kent State University for the 50th Commemoration of May 4, 1970, as well as engage with project faculty during visits to the May 4 Visitors Center and National Historic Landmark site. Students will present their inquiry projects at a student research reception in the Reflections Gallery in Spring 2020.

Cohort & Community Keynotes

In conjunction with the Voices for Change Cohort, a speaker series that will also be open to the community will be offered Fall 2019 through Spring 2020 that focuses on the legacy of May 4, 1970.


For more information about the 2019-2020 Cohort, contact Dr. Todd Hawley (thawley1@kent.edu).