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Series 1: Cosby Hunt, 1931 -2020, undated


Content Description

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Creating and Teaching Real World History is a companion project to the Center for Inspired Teaching 'Real World History' Oral History Project. This project includes interviews with Cosby Hunt, creator of the Real World History program, Caitlin Wolf, co-teacher of Real World History from 2015-2017, and Ms. Edith Crutchfield, a long-time D.C. resident who moved to Washington, D.C., from Culpeper, Virginia, in 1953. Ms. Crutchfield first became involved with Real World History when she collaborated on an oral history project with a student in the fall of 2018. Ms. Edith’s interview from Real World History can be found in the Center for Inspired Teaching 'Real World History' Oral History Project. The interviews in this collection take a life history approach in which the interviewees discuss some of their life experiences beginning with their early life. Over the course of several interviews, Mr. Hunt discusses his upbringing in Washington, his career as a high school history teacher, and the development of the Real World History program; Ms. Wolf discusses her upbringing and education in New England, how she came to work for Center for Inspired Teaching in May of 2015, and the two years she spent co-teaching Real World History with Mr. Hunt; Ms. Edith discusses her upbringing in Culpeper, her move to Washington in 1953, and her life and career in the District.


  • Creation: 1931 -2020, undated


Biographical / Historical

Isaac Cosby Hunt III (b. 12/11/1971) is a high school history teacher in Washington, D.C., and a native Washingtonian. Cosby is the only child of Isaac Cosby Hunt Jr. and Elizabeth Dollie Ravenell Hunt. Cosby grew up in the Hawthorne neighborhood of D.C. and attended Lafayette Elementary School and St. Albans School before graduating from University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, Cosby began his teaching career by joining Teach for America in 1993. After teaching social studies in Hancock County, Georgia, for two years, Cosby enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Georgia and earned his master's in education. Upon graduating from UGA, Cosby returned to Washington, D.C., to become a public school teacher and taught at Bell Multicultural High School (now CHEC - Columbia Heights Education Campus). Cosby taught at Bell for thirteen years before joining Center for Inspired Teaching in the summer of 2010. After three years of working with D.C. high school teachers through Center for Inspired Teaching, Cosby developed and piloted the Real World History program, an after-school, honors history course available to high school students in D.C. Public Schools, in the fall of 2014. In SY 2019-2020, Cosby returned to full-time teaching and began working at Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School in Anacostia. Cosby earned his National Board Certification in 2006 and has received many awards throughout his teaching career, including District of Columbia History Teacher of the Year in 2008 and National History Day Teacher of the Year in 2019.


From the Collection: 54.7 Gigabytes (DIG_00029)

From the Collection: 94 Files (DIG_00029)

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Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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