Dr. LaGarrett King Leads Ladue Schools in ‘Rethinking Black History’

Ladue Schools welcomed Dr. LaGarrett King to the district on June 29 and 30, as he led a two-day workshop for educators at LHWHS focused on ‘Rethinking Black History.’

Dr. King is an associate professor of social studies education at the University of Missouri and a Founding Director at the Carter Center for K-12 Black History Education at the school.

Almost 200 Ladue Schools teachers took part in the professional development, held both in-person and streamed live online, designed to help teachers be more intentional with teaching Black history in all grades.

In his workshop, Dr. King addressed several areas in which teachers can re-focus their efforts; topics included racialized spaces versus safe spaces, answering the question, “What is Black history?” and learning a new framework for teaching Black history in schools.

Teachers examined their practices and engaged in small and whole group conversations about how to be more intentional with incorporating other perspectives into curriculum.

Participants also learned from LHWHS rising senior Lauryn Donovan, who shared her experiences with teachers about the trauma students of color experience when they do not see themselves represented in the curriculum.

The workshop is part of a larger effort by Ladue Schools to review its social studies curriculum and ensure history is learned from multiple viewpoints and incorporates stories of people and events that often are not covered in textbooks.

According to its website, the Carter Center for K-12 Black History Education leverages history educators, social studies teachers, community educators, policy makers and other advocates to transform Black history education in today’s public, private, and homeschooled environments.