Thursday, September 24, 2020; 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
This session is designed to support educators in framing their classroom cultures and expectations, especially during the early part of the school year. This includes the development of students' social-emotional skills in order to engage in an open and supportive classroom community. A focus will be placed on the importance of establishing classroom norms and an inclusive environment where students honor and value differing perspectives, question assumptions, and actively listen to others. The session will also incorporate resources related to teaching and discussing current events.
My Part of the Story: Exploring Identity in the United States
Wednesday, October 21, 2020; 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The session will include lessons and activities designed to help students understand that the identity of the United States is dynamic, not static, and to see that their choices and their stories fuel this dynamism. The strategies used here to help students explore the factors that influence their own identities can be adapted to analyze and build historical empathy for individuals in history and deeper understanding of characters in literature. The engagement that this unit ignites in students can be sustained throughout the entire year if the course is constructed to be inclusive of the experiences and perspectives of the diversity of individuals and groups who have made crucial contributions to the history, literature, and culture of the United States.
From Reflection to Action: Choosing to Participate
Tuesday, November 17, 2020; 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
This session will include a flexible collection of activities, readings, lessons, and strategies that educators can use to develop a civic action experience that meets their classroom’s specific curriculum objectives, grade level, and available time. The resources in the provided toolkit are infused with the understanding that effective “action civics” depend not only on providing civic education, grounded in the study of history and literature, that nurtures students’ capacity for reflection and action, but also on supporting these essential practices:
- Civic education begins in learner-centered classrooms that value students’ identities.
- Civic education must confront bias and develop a sense of the common good.
- Civic education must engage with the complexities of history.
- Civic education must introduce current events and controversial issues.
One Session: $85 per registrant, Member Schools; $135 per registrant, NonMember Schools
Two Sessions: $150 per registrant, Member Schools; $250 per registrant, NonMember Schools
Three Sessions: $200 per registrant, Member Schools; $345 per registrant, NonMember Schools
About the Facilitator:
Franklin Stebbins is a Senior Program Associate for New Jersey Growth and Strategy at Facing History and Ourselves, New York office. Before joining Facing History, Frank was a New Jersey classroom teacher for 17 years. During that time, he started a full year Holocaust and Genocides elective that heavily used Facing History resources and pedagogy. He was recognized as the 2018 Gina Lanceter Power of One Award by the New Jersey Holocaust Commission, the 2019 Dr. Hank Kaplowitz Outstanding Human Rights Educator of the Year by the Human Rights Institute at Kean University, the 2019 Unity Award for Achievement by an Educator by the Union County Human Relations Commission, and as a 2019 Exemplary Educator by the New Jersey Department of Education.