Thank you for your interest in becoming A Taste of African Heritage (ATOAH) or A Children’s Taste of African Heritage (ACTOAH) instructor in your community! If you haven’t already, please be sure to ﬁll out our ATOAH Teacher SIgn-Up form, so that we can schedule a phone call to discuss the program with you.
Teacher Training for ATOAH & ACTOAH
- Watch the entire (56-minute) webinar video above to begin the course. (If you’d like, you can follow along with handouts of the slides from the webinar video, or print them to refer back to.)
- To complete the course, please take our short Teacher Training Quiz.
- Finally, download Oldways’ Certiﬁcate of Completion for this course. We can also mail the certiﬁcate to you after you have conﬁrmed logistical details with us for teaching a class series.
- Add your class to our Class Listings.
More Resources for Teachers
Start Here: Best Practices from an ATOAH Ambassador
If you’re thinking of starting an A Taste of African Heritage class series, start here.
In this video, ATOAH Ambassador Deitra Dennis shares her best practices for new teachers, with helpful tips and tricks for navigating the online resources and web pages for teachers.
Getting Ready For Your Class
- Finding Your Class Site
- Outreach To Potential Sites — Template Email (Word File)
- Fundraising For Your Class
- ATOAH With and Without A Kitchen
- Solo and Team Teaching
- Recruiting Participants
- ATOAH Kitchen Tools
Working With Your Students
- The Cooking Portion: Demo or Hands-On
- Retaining Participants
- Graduation Day
- Staying Connected and Carrying the Torch After Graduation
- Fun Class Extras: Additional Activities and Recipe
Lesson-by-Lesson Tips for Teaching
- Lesson 1: Herbs & Spices
- Lesson 2: Leafy Greens
- Handout: Eating Leafy Greens With Certain Health Conditions and Medications
- Lesson 3: Whole Grains
- Lesson 4: Beans, Peas and Rice
- Lesson 5: Tubers & Stews
- Lesson 6: Fruits, Vegetables & A Healthy Lifestyle
Further Reading on African Heritage Food & Culture
- Supplemental Reading Packet
- African Diasporic Foodways: A Deeper Look For ATOAH Teachers
- Recommended Reading List for Teachers and Students
- Teacher Training References and Bibliography
- First edition of The African Heritage Diet Pyramid Webinar
Digital Library: Online Resources for Teaching ACTOAH
Lesson 4 (Whole Grains)
|4-1||VIDEO||How West Africans pop sorghum for a snack (2 ½ minutes)|
|4-2||VIDEO||How Injera is made (4 minutes)|
|4-3||VIDEO||How Senegalese chef Pierre Thiam cooks fonio and explains how many popular foods in the South came from Africa (2 ½ minutes)|
Lesson 5 (Beans and Rice)
|5-1||SONG||Cliﬀord Owusu’s song “Your Jollof” (4 minutes)|
Weaving sweetgrass baskets
Lesson 6 (Tubers and Mashes)
|Fufu with side dishes|
Lesson 7 (Fruits, Vegetables and a Healthy Lifestyle)
|African Horned Cucumber — Kiwano|
|7-1||Fruit and vegetable rainbow|
|7-3||Michelle Obama and Sam Kess Planting in the White House Garden, 2009|
|Michelle Obama in the White House Garden, 2013|
Video Demos for Teachers
Watch as teacher Claire Richardson prepares African Heritage recipes, just as she would prepare them with her class!
Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice
Garlicky Dill Mojo Sauce