Mini Course: Black Histories of the Northern Plains

This free PBS production is a 4-part series of stories chronicling the lives of early Black settlers to Minnesota and the Dakotas. Each video is approximately 7-8 minutes in length. An engaging, interesting, and informative series that supports social studies in a wide range of grade levels!

The episodes in this series are each aligned to state standards. There are accompanying discussion questions in a variety of depth, easily adaptable for a variety of grade levels. Additionally, there are options for sharing through Google Classroom or with direct student links. And, a guide to building a lesson is also provided.

Shout out to our regionally local folks at Prairie Public for creating this national PBS Learning Media treasure!

Your Instructor

gina drellack
gina drellack

With an M.S. in Educational Media and Technology and a proven understanding of adult learners, Gina Drellack provides professional development for educators and city/county leaders across the region and state through Education Services with Minnesota's Northwest Service Cooperative. In addition to in-school and other onsite settings, Gina has extensive experience with distance learning from both the student and instructor perspectives, as well as course creation. She teaches courage and inspiration, which is often disguised as education transformation and personal growth. Gina also writes weekly about ease, joy, and everyday holy wonders at, and is currently writing her second book. She lives with her amazing husband and beautiful dog in Cohasset, and has two fabulous adult sons each on an east-west border of MN.

Contact gina: [email protected]

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts the moment you complete enrollment. It is completely self-paced and self-guided online - you decide when to start and when to finish!
How long do I have access to the course?
This mini-course will be available for one year after enrollment. After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course during this time - across any and all devices you own. Want more access when the year is up? Simply re-enroll in this free offering!
What about CEUs?
Three different mini courses of your choosing together equal one clock hour. To easily find two more, go to All Courses, and change the Category dropdown menu to Mini Courses.

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