Three RCDS Faculty Members Travel to Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham to Enhance Curriculum and Research a Similar Trip for the Eighth Grade

"We envision the trip as a chance to open students' eyes to important historical moments and provide them with a sense of the people and places that make this country unique and diverse" - Tamara McKenna (Middle School Language Arts Teacher and Learning Specialist), Ron Hanlon (Middle School Social Studies Teacher), and Kyle Mitschele (Middle School Social Studies Teachers)


Three Middle School teachers recently traveled to Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham to enhance the curriculum they teach and preview what they hope will become an eighth grade trip option for RCDS students. Guided by the belief that traveling to see significant historical sights will provide experiential, immersive learning that cannot be matched in the classroom, Tamara McKenna (Language Arts and Learning Specialist), Ron Hanlon, (Social Studies), and Kyle Mitschele (Social Studies) began working on the idea of an eighth grade trip to the South in the spring of 2019 as part of their RCDS Institute for Innovating Teaching project titled Walking through History.

Mrs. McKenna, Mr. Hanlon, and Mr. Mitschele visited the following sites during their trip: Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, The King Center in Atlanta, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, The Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, The Legacy Museum in Montgomery, The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, The Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, and the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.