Reframing the Narrative

In 2019, Albemarle County Public Schools (in partnership with James Madison's Montpelier) received a Charlottesville Area Community Foundation Strengthening Systems grant to run a grant-funded initiative known as Reframing the Narrative. The goal of Reframing the Narrative is to prepare students for democracy and citizenship in our increasingly diverse society.

During the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, and 2021-2022 school years, cohorts of teachers in grades K-12 partnered with public history, community, and higher education partners to learn whole-truth and inclusive History & Civics content and build their capacity to teach through anti-racist/anti-bias inquiry-based instruction. Many members of our Reframing the Narrative cohorts also participated in the Embracing Our Narratives teacher institute facilitated by the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center and their partners in order to learn local Black history. 

These cohorts designed inquiry-based units in every grade level in Social Studies, K-12, which are part of our guaranteed viable curriculum for all grade levels in Social Studies. Many of these inquiries include local historical narratives.

Find a complete list of the inquiry units developed through Reframing the Narrative here.