Workshops and Curricula

LaFHAC currently offers two workshops for young people and we're developing a third for high school students. Our staff would love to facilitate workshops for your school, summer camp, library or community organization. You can also be trained to lead our workshops in your community. For more information, please contact Elana Cohen, LaFHAC's Education Coordinator, at (504) 708-2109 or ecohen@lafairhousing.org.

Welcome to Our Neighborhood (Grades 1-4)

 

In the book, The Fair Housing Five, Samaria and her friends have a problem on their hands. A landlord in their neighborhood is discriminating, and together they must find a way to ensure that their community stays open to all different kinds of people. (1.5 hours)


  • LaFHAC staff facilitate an interactive reading of The Fair Housing Five.
  • LaFHAC staff lead an art project to further explore themes addressed in the book.  Ex. Students design a map of a neighborhood where everyone is welcome and everyone’s needs are met, or design posters to educate the public about discrimination.
  • Participating schools and libraries receive free copies of the book and curriculum, and Engagement Guide for parents or guardians.

The Housing Choice Game (Grades 4-9)


The Housing Choice Game is an interactive board game in which students experience first-hand the impact of housing discrimination and the importance of housing choice. (7.5 hours over 2-5 days)


  • Students develop a vocabulary around civil rights, and discover the ways in which where a person lives affects how they live by expanding or limiting access to educational, employment, healthcare and retail opportunities.
  • The workshop engages Louisiana state Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) in English Language Arts, History, Civics, Geography and Economics. Fair housing offers a thematic umbrella for the real-life application of lessons in a number of subject-areas.
  • The workshop requires high level critical thinking and engages a variety of learning styles through a project-based learning approach.
  • Participating schools receive detailed curriculum guides for possible extensions in writing and art.
  • LaFHAC provides all materials, and will tailor the curriculum to your classroom needs and goals.  Curriculum extensions are available for teachers who seek ways to further explore fair housing issues with students.