Rodney Pierce

Rodney D. Pierce is an educator, historian and writer in North Carolina. He was named the Most Outstanding Beginning Teacher of the Year in 2018 and recognized in 2019 as the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year. Pierce was the inaugural Teacher Fellow for the NC Equity Fellowship through the Center for Racial Equity in Education (CREED). He has appeared on MSNBC's The Reidout and the Tamron Hall Show on ABC to speak about the teaching of American history in public schools. His research on re-segregation in his native Halifax County was featured in The Washington Post. He has penned articles on the history of African Americans in the U.S. with Gibbs Smith Education.

  • Educator, historian, and writer based in eastern North Carolina
  • Most Outstanding Beginning Teacher of the Year in his district in 2018
  • 2019 North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year
  • Inaugural Teacher Fellow for the NC Equity Fellowship through the Center for Racial Equity in Education (CREED)
  • Fellow of Carolina Public Humanities, the UNC-Chapel Hill Southern Oral History Program, and the NC Public School Forum’s Education Policy Fellowship
  • Sought-after panelist on issues of racial equity in education
  • Appeared on MSNBC's The Reidout and ABC’s Tamron Hall Show about the teaching of American history in public schools
  • Conducted research on re-segregation in his native Halifax County that was featured in The Washington Post
  • Education consultant with the North Carolina Museum of History
  • Lone Black male K-12 teacher to work on the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s writing team for new Social Studies standards and unpacking documents
  • 2020 Javits-Frasier Scholar through the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and served on the North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented’s Talent Delayed/Talent Denied Advisory Committee
  • Served on the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Executive Board and the Carolina Public Humanities Advisory Board
  • Successfully applied for four historical markers recognizing African American history in his county
  • Serves on the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee and the National Advisory Council for the North Carolina Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Initiative
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  1. How To Teach About Racism Legally
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    How To Teach About Racism Legally

    Award-winning educator Rodney D. Pierce will teach you how to instruct students with equitable content while navigating this political minefield in the classroom. You will learn from his challenges as an unapologetic Black male history teacher in the rural South.

    What You'll Learn

    • What is critical race theory? What is its history?
    • How was critical race theory turned into an education boogeyman?
    • What does culturally responsive teaching (another CRT) entail?
    • How do diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and critical race theory differ?
    • What specific resources can you use to supplement your instruction?
    • What American history lessons can you use to gauge the temperature of your school community?

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