Civil Rights Educator Institute

2019 CREI class at Little Rock Central High School
Previous Civil Rights Educator Institute participants at Little Rock Central High School

National Park Service/Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

2020 Civil Rights Educator Institute - cancelled due to coronavirus impact on travel

Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site offers professional development opportunities to educational organizations and institutions with a focus on civil rights and social justice history. To request a Ranger to present to your organization or to be added to our educators contact list to receive announcements of upcoming workshops or seminars, please email our Chief of Interpretation David Kilton at

The 2020 Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Civil Rights Educator Institute (CREI) is a design laboratory for social engagement that provides a space for self-reflection and inquiry into issues related to human rights and education for liberation. This institute brings together educators, community workers, and cultural activists to exchange knowledge and experiences, and to learn with and from each other in an intensive week-long learning community.

The Institute offers experiential approaches and narrative strategies as tools to explore civil rights history and human rights struggles. Using place-based learning, we will visit multiple civil rights sites in the City of Little Rock and critically engage with issues of rights, struggle, story, and power of place and introduce innovative ways of connecting past to present. The CREI is a place to build community and solidarity + share multiple views and explore the work of educators as connected to civil and human rights. Participants will create a knowledge camp and initiate concentric conversation to diminish social and cultural barriers where they receive facilitation tools for classroom social action. Participants will receive credit for this professional development coursework.

Applications may be received through Saturday, February 1, 2020; applicants will be notified of selection status after March 1, 2020.

Last updated: May 4, 2020

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Little Rock Central High School NHS
2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive

Little Rock, AR 72202-5212



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