Summit Learning Delivers Culturally Relevant & Sustaining Curriculum

States and districts are increasingly calling for ethnic and gender studies to be included in curriculum. To meet this demand, Summit Learning has teamed up with C3Teachers to create inquiries that centering on the stories, histories, and experiences of diverse communities. The educators we work with at Summit Learning and C3 Teachers are asking for more culturally relevant materials that represent the communities they serve. So, we are delivering critical inquiries here to lift up your classroom instruction!

Historically, many subjects and curricula don’t represent all students. Yet, researchers have found that when students can see themselves in lessons, they learn more. With the variance in cultural contexts across the country, how should programs approach building curriculum for different subjects and cultures?

We believe that inquiry is the answer. And we deliver inquiry learning experiences that focus on culturally relevant curriculum with an inclusive focus. Culture is not a thing that some people have and others do not. Appalachian, Latinx and women’s histories (for example) are equally valid, worthy of study for all students.

The inquiries available on this Summit Learning Hub will help you to elevate your teaching and to engage students with culturally relevant learning opportunities that align with your students’ needs. We think that you will find our inquiries engaging, relevant and enriching for your students.

Summit Learning Inquiries

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Community Action

Community Action

This action-embedded inquiry leads students through an investigation of how they can make a difference in their community. By featuring an opportunity for students to
Black Genius

Black Genius

This inquiry leads students through an investigation of the conflict between the institution of slavery and the new nation’s founding ideals. Black voices are noticeably
Women’s Rights

Women’s Rights

This inquiry leads students through an investigation of the three waves of feminism. The first wave (1848 to 1920) focused on inequalities like gaining women’s
Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste

Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste

This inquiry leads students through an investigation of Isabel Wilkerson’s 2020 book, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents. The central thesis of her work is
Total War

Total War

This inquiry leads students through an investigation of the nature of warfare in the 21st century. Focusing on the concept of total war, students explore
Refugee

Refugee

This inquiry leads students through an investigation of how we respond to the needs of refugee communities. With the example of King Najashi (in the
Native American Land Rights

Native American Land Rights

This inquiry leads students through an investigation of questions around Indigenous People’s land rights. Focusing on the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), students
Equality and Civil Rights

Equality and Civil Rights

This inquiry leads students through an investigation that explores the struggle for equality through social justice movements. Specifically, students explore the tension between the assumption
Policing Reform

Policing Reform

In this inquiry, students investigate police and policing reform in historical and modern contexts. Framed by the compelling questionㄧHow should we reform policing?ㄧstudents explore the
Guatemalan Justice

Guatemalan Justice

This inquiry leads students through an investigation of Guatemala’s recent history, with emphasis on the coup of 1954, and the resulting effects that ripple into
Gender Roles & Empowerment

Gender Roles & Empowerment

This inquiry leads students through an investigation that assesses the extent to which gender roles empower or limit the agency of women. In doing so,
Black Women Writers

Black Women Writers

This inquiry leads students through an investigation of Black women writers and the literary devices they employ to communicate with audiences and “be heard.” The
Reparations

Reparations

This inquiry leads students through an investigation of the use of reparations to make amends for the enslavement, exploitation, and generational racism Black people have
Global Issues

Global Issues

This inquiry leads students through an investigation of global citizenship, global cooperation, as well as how local solutions have been used to solve shared global
School Desegregation

School Desegregation

This inquiry leads students through an investigation of the education system in the United States, focusing on the extent to which systemic racism continues to
History of Power

History of Power

This inquiry leads students through an investigation of the ways in which people gain and exercise power. Power is a social phenomenon that comes in
Gun Rights

Gun Rights

This inquiry leads students through an investigation that examines the purpose and effects of gun legislation in the United States. In doing so, it provides
Celebrity Social Responsibility

Celebrity Social Responsibility

This inquiry leads students through an investigation that assesses the extent to which celebrities and public figures have a social responsibility to give back to
Street Art

Street Art

This inquiry leads students through an investigation that assesses the extent to which street art benefits communities. In doing so, it provides students with the

The Summit Learning Program

Summit Learning was created by educators for educators, and it incorporates decades of scientific research that hasn’t made its way into the majority of American classrooms. The strength of Summit Learning is our continuous work to combine the real-life experiences of teachers in thousands of classrooms across the country with the findings of nationally-acclaimed learning scientists. The result is an informed and dynamic classroom approach that stays engaging and relevant because of the teachers who help us to make adjustments that benefit all partner schools.

Teachers in nearly 400 schools have selected Summit Learning as part of the collection of tools and approaches needed to meet their vision for education. C3 Teachers is partnering with Summit Learning to develop a collection of 30 inquiries focused on ethnic and gender studies. Click on the Inquiries tab to learn more.

Summit Learning, helps schools prepare students with the skills, knowledge, and habits to lead fulfilled lives long after they graduate. In Summit Learning classrooms, students learn from teachers through whole group instruction, small group sessions, and one-on-one mentoring. With hands-on projects and group learning, teachers show students how to apply lifelong skills — such as collaborating with a team, interpreting data and presenting persuasive arguments.

Learn more at https://www.summitlearning.org/.