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Digital Technology Survey: Tools, and methods in for professional communication, teaching, learning, and research of African American History

Scholar Pero Gaglo Dagbovie initiated a conversation about the Internet and history pedagogy in his essay "Strategies for Teaching African American History: Musings from the Past, Ruminations for the Future" (Journal of Negro Education, Vol. 75, No. 4, Fall 2006, pp. 635-648; posted at http://www.jstor.org/stable/40034663). Dagbovie correctly affirmed that "Professors of African American history must acknowledge that their students rely on the Internet" and highlighted Alkalimat's seminal work The African American Experience in Cyberspace: A Reference Guide to the Best Websites on Black Culture and History (2004).

Dagbovie's essay focused primarily on theoretical approaches to content as opposed to digital technologies and their impact on content access, presentation, delivery, and digital modes and means of the phases of historical production as outlined by the late Michel Rolfe-Trouillot in Silencing The Past: Power and The Production of History. The comprehensive report, after the survey, envisions to continue serve as an extension to Dagbovie's essay and others.

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Posted on: 08/15/2014

New book sounds national alarm on U.S. education crisis

La Vonne I. Neal, the dean of the Northern Illinois University College of Education, and two of her close colleagues from the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) are firing up their advocacy for answering catastrophic "systemic challenges" with "systemic solutions" that promote social justice and equity.

Neal, along with Christine E. Sleeter of California State University-Monterey Bay and Kevin K. Kumashiro of the University of San Francisco, are sounding a national alarm through the Aug. 14 publication of "Diversifying the Teacher Workforce: Preparing and Retaining Highly Effective Teachers."

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Posted on: 08/07/2014

Appointment to the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site Advisory Commission

Mary McLeod Bethune achieved her greatest recognition at the Washington, DC townhouse that is now this National Historic Site. The Council House was the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and was Bethune's last home in Washington, DC. From here, Bethune and the NCNW spearheaded strategies and developed programs that advanced the interests of African American women.

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Posted on: 07/30/2014