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Pierce to present at social studies conference

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Rodney D. Pierce, a third-year sixth grade Social Studies teacher at William R. Davie Middle STEM Academy, will present at the 2018 North Carolina Council for Social Studies Conference next month in Greensboro.

Pierce was among 20 educators from around the state chosen to attend the Understanding the American South Teachers Summit held in August 2017 at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Attendees were tasked with creating lesson plans based on the summit’s theme as presented in lectures by professors from UNC, Duke University, East Carolina University, and N.C. State University.

Lesson plans written by Pierce and two other Teaching Fellows were selected for presentation at the state conference.

Pierce’s lesson is entitled “A History of Anti-Blackness in Halifax County” and is broken down into three parts:  A Confederate Consciousness, A History of Anti-Black Violence and Jim Crow (1950s-Present).

Pierce is part of a five-member team that includes UNC associate professor Cheryl Bolick and UNC doctoral student Christoph Stutts.

The presentation’s title is Teaching the American South:  Confronting A Legacy of White Supremacy.

The 48th annual conference is scheduled for February 8-9 at the Koury Convention Center at the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel. Its theme is Expanding Visions Bridging Transitions.

An alumnus of Halifax County Schools, Pierce serves as the Social Studies Content Area Lead and Student Government Association adviser at William R. Davie.

He is a member of the HCS Public Relations Committee.



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