On April 8, 2021, the Pulitzer Center education team was in conversation with Teacher Fellows Jairus Hallums and Nikysha Gilliam. Jairus and Nikysha shared how they leverage global, underreported news stories to foster student inquiry around representation, identity, and community, and tips for navigating these themes in your own classroom.
Gilliam is a native of Pontiac, Michigan, and a high school educator. A graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in English, and a masters in educational administration from California State University, Northridge, Gilliam is a former Fulbright Fellow and a current doctoral student at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. She has been teaching for 23 years and this year teaches ninth and tenth-grade English and English Language Development. Her unit, "Identity in the Time of Covid-19," explores how identity and community change in the face of crises and considers the role of the media in these changes.
Hallums teaches eighth-grade language arts in the metro Atlanta area. He received a bachelor’s degree in English from Winthrop University, and a masters of divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His areas of interest lie at the intersection of justice, pedagogy, theology, and critical theory. Hallums’ unit, "Reframing the Gaze: Incorporating Joy into Our Truth-telling," offers a broader portrait of the experiences of marginalized people and reframes the narratives that are told about communities of color.
The Pulitzer Center’s Teacher Fellowship program is a paid, virtual program for a small cohort of educators who explore questions about global, systemic issues and media literacy with other passionate Fellows, award-winning journalists, and the Pulitzer Center education team. We encourage you to explore more about the experiences of our fall Fellows in Media, Misinformation, and the Pandemic, and Arts, Journalism, and Justice on the Pulitzer Center website, and to explore the units that our Fellows have created. For a more in depth look at the Arts, Journalism, and Justice cohort, click here! For a more in depth look at the Media, Misinformation, and The Pandemic cohort, click here!