The Nichols Mobile African American History Museum:

Instructional Materials (RFP-MS-203995) approved by DISD for grades K - 12
The Nichols Mobile Museum of African American History is a collection of over 500 photographs, artifacts, paintings, and documents that tell the rich story of African American history and culture in a way that captures the imagination of millennial students. The museum collection enhances and supports classroom instruction and is aligned with the Dallas ISD African American Success Initiative (AASI) as well as to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Social Studies for grades Pre-K through 12. Content from the Mobile Museum Curriculum, which provides historical context for items in the collection, may be used by teachers and schools throughout the school year as well as for programs to support Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and the Martin Luther King holiday. In addition, both the museum collection and the written curriculum may be used for the infusion of African American History into instruction in English Language Arts, Reading, Music, Art, Government, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Character Education, and Athletics. The rich outside reading resources provided also make the curriculum an excellent resource for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses.

District Approve Price List: $6.00 per student.  From 6th grade to High school the fee is $3000 per grade level.  For schools that have less than 500 students enrolled such as “elementary schools and other specialize or Magnet Campus” the minimum charge is for 300 student’s.

Logistics: Gymnasium or any other large open secured space for a (1 or 2  day event)  the cost is the same.

1. Cost Efficiency
   -School districts or organizations benefit from transportation cost, eating cost, and overall exhibit cost.
2. Time Efficiency
   - NMAAH Museum is easily dispatched to schools, organizations, and events. - Display multiple campuses.
3. Safety Efficiency
    -One on one time with subject matter.
4. Over 500 pictures with narratives covering over 10,000 words and 200 artifacts which includes sculptors.
5. The Museum corresponds with the Texas Social Studies Curriculum and Social Studies Student Leaning Handbook.
6. Teachers and instructor will have the capability to customize exhibits based on curriculum study at the time of exhibit.
7. Covers time periods from the 1700’s to present
8. Each picture has a profile associated with it. Either a short narrative or biography of the person.
9. No cameras or pictures can be taken. School must be able to secure exhibit after hours. 

boy The Nichols Mobile African American History Museum (NMAAHM) and curriculum are approved by the Dallas Independent School District Pre-K-12 Social Studies Department.  The following overview highlights the museum’s alignment with the Dallas ISD Success Initiative and State of Texas TEKS concept. 
The mission of the Dallas ISD African American Success Initiative (AASI) Task Force is to improve mathematics skills, reading comprehension and to expand in all subject areas for the success of the African American student. The AASI was created to address poor academic performance and achievement among African American students. The NMAAHM and curriculum will be able to support educators as viable learning tools.
The AASI strives to close the achievement gap by ensuring that African American students’ academic, social, and cultural needs are being met as they engage in rigorous and relevant instruction, while working to become college and workforce ready.
The program offers:

  • Special student experiences that foster greater self-awareness and a belief in self.
  • Defines concretely, what culturally and linguistically responsive teaching is and why it is necessary in our failing schools today.
  • A concrete definition of responsive teaching and why it is necessary in our failing schools today.
  • Culturally responsive literature with effective language and literacy strategies for the purpose of teaching the state standards.
  • Field trips, Student participate in trips to local colleges and universities, visit museums and attended district college fairs. Also community-based experiences to provide visual learning opportunities. In the AASI Program, student advocates and case managers are required to plan field experiences.  These initiatives help develop a greater awareness of self, culture, college and post-graduation opportunities.
  • There have been research studies that African American student or more visual learners that’s why field trips are so important.  The NHAAHM brings the exhibit to the campus for a two-day period so the student can review the material and more time to focus in a personal learning environment.
  • The 2014 end of the year Starr test for social studies had five questions directly related to African American studies and US History had 5 to 6 questions directly related to African American studies.

Materials to aid African American students in preparing in taking the Starr Test for Social Studies by equipping them with questions directly related to African American studies. The material was developed to challenge students’ critical thinking skills.

  • A curriculum guide aligned with major Social Studies and US History TEKS and outlined by the Texas State Board of Education.   Using the Nichols’ Curriculum Guide will focus on the academic and cultural needs of African American students. 
  • Professional Development workshop: Diversity and Sensitive training for Principal and Teachers. The NMAAHM will highlight the culture and the history of the African people. It will help the teachers understand their behaviors and their learning abilities.

The Nichols’ Curriculum Guide will:

  • Use culturally relevant methods for engaging adolescent readers (especially African American students).
  • Use research-based practices to develop fluency, vocabulary and comprehension skills.
  • Establish routines that engage students to be critical thinkers, laying the groundwork for higher scores on end-of-course assessments.

Each unit in the museum curriculum will focus on building vocabulary and comprehension through the use of primary and secondary sources.  Pre-tour and post-tour activities provide research opportunities for students to use critical-thinking skills and formulate their own conclusions about each era discussed. Units can be spiraled into traditional units of study in the social studies classes.  By using these units, teachers can collaborate with ELA teachers to enhance students’ writing skills. 
After a tour of the NMAAHM exhibit, short answer response questions are written to assist students with persuasive and expository writing skills which are a high priority on ELA end-of-course tests.
Overall, the NMAAHM curriculum exposes students to a way of learning that will engage them for a lifetime.  The museum will leave students wanting to know more about the units of study and will show them that African American history is important beyond the month of February because it is intertwined into the fabric of our nation’s history.


Roosevelt Nichols