Professional Development 1
Teaching VOICES FROM THE HOLOCAUST: A FREE Workshop for Educators
Part of Greeley’s Annual Holocaust Memorial Observances
Saturday, APRIL 26, 2014
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
UNC’s CENTERRA CENTER
Presentations will include:
An Introduction to the Echoes & Reflections Teacher Resource Guide
Sherry Bard, Education Consultant, former Project Director at USC Shoah Foundation
Holocaust and the Role of Women through the Lens of Literature
Kira Aarestad, Regional Education Corps, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum &
Colorado Holocaust Educators
Testimony from the Camp System
Todd Hennessy, Museum Teacher Fellow, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum &
Colorado Holocaust Educators
Participants will receive:
• Complimentary copy of the Echoes and Reflections Teacher Resource Guide
• Classroom ready activities developed by gifted Holocaust Educators
• An opportunity to learn from fellow educators and experts
• A certificate of attendance for professional development credit
Pre-registration is required and can be completed at http://teachingvoices2014.eventbrite.com
For additional information, contact Dr. Jeri Kraver at Jeraldine.Kraver@unco.edu
CELL Educators' Promotion: Start the Conversation
The CELL is offering an educators’ promotion in conjunction with the launch of our new curriculum (which meets CO State and CORE standards) wherein the first 25 tours booked in 2014 will receive FREE admission and bus funding.
Please call for full terms and conditions. The CELL exhibit is recommended for 9-12 grade and college students. For more information about the CELL's lesson plans, please visit www.thecell.org/educators
President's Message from Stephen Armstrong,
National Council for the Social Studies
You Are the Advocate
For many social studies teachers working in the classroom, the statement that they should be engaged in “advocacy” for their profession sounds strange or scary. Many social studies teachers are told by their administrators not to let students know what their political positions are on local referendum issues, elections, etc., with an implication that all personal politics is to be dampened. In addition, many teachers perceive “advocacy” to be something that a few NCSS leaders might do off in Washington, DC; something with little connection to what they actually are doing in the classroom every day.
I have news for you: teachers have a constitutionally protected right to do important advocacy outside of the classroom, and it all begins at the local level. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the 30-year veteran—or the first-year teacher—talking to his or her state legislator or city/town council member on the value and importance of social studies education. With politics and budgets being as they are today, a large amount of legislative action that will directly impact social studies education is likely to take place at the local and state levels, and even national policy has its source at the grass roots.
Better than just lobbying a council member, begin by inviting him or her to speak to your classes or to help judge a Geography Bee competition. Successful advocates will tell you that building up this relationship is infinitely helpful.
Many teachers who go into a state legislator’s office for the first time fear that they won’t remember “everything that needs to be said.” Or, conversely, they are unclear just what to ask for. You may have only 10 or 15 short minutes to “make your case” (I have learned by this point to NOT take this time restriction personally). You might begin by briefly “Telling your story,” showing how social studies is important for your students. If you have a specific example of a student in your classes being positively impacted by what he or she did in your classes, tell that memorable story. Then, be prepared and ask for something specific. Don’t just ask for “more money for social studies,” rather, ask your legislator (or their aid, if the official is unavailable) to support a specific bill, initiative, or line item on a budget. Make sure you leave your card with the person you are speaking to, with assurances that you are available. Then, send a follow up note (not an email) to the person that you spoke with, thanking that person for his or her time.
Further hints: Advocate for all of the core disciplines of social studies, K-12. Since many legislators are especially interested when civics or civic education is mentioned, make sure that topic is covered. Coordinate with your local or state council leaders, and encourage others to do the same thing you are doing. Visit in groups of three or four, and rehearse your message before you arrive, and be sure you have a clearly articulated, central request.
Advocacy is not just something done by a few NCSS folks in Washington. The best advocacy is done by classroom teachers in their relationships with local and state officials. It’s never too late to begin!
Join Us for ClimateChangeLIVE Webcasts on March 5 and 12!
Get your students engaged in the science of climate change and excited about what young people can do to help! Two webcasts, broadcast on the internet, will introduce the basic science of climate change, foster a dynamic online discussion, and show how students are making a difference in addressing climate change.
ClimateChangeLIVE: Educate, Inspire and Engage!
March 5, 2014
Streamed beginning 1 p.m. Eastern Time (approx. 1 hr) (Archive available after March 5) www.ClimateChangeLIVE.org This program features a presentation by the award-winning Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) and covers the science of climate change. The program features diverse youth sharing their experiences of climate change impacts where they live and how they are finding ways to become part of the climate solution.
ClimateChangeLIVE: Join the Climate Conversation!
LIVE at 1 p.m. Eastern Time (approx. 1 hr) (Archive available after March 12) www.ClimateChangeLIVE.org This program features climate science experts and student perspectives and solutions. Join the conversation by sending tweets or e-mail questions or posting on Facebook. Climate experts will be online to answer your questions and lead an interactive discussion starting at 12:00 p.m Eastern Time and during the webcast. This program is focused on helping students and classrooms become part of the climate solution!
Twitter: www.twitter.com/FSNatureLIVE #CCLive
Summer Institutes: Teaching the Humanities through Art
Smithsonian American Art Museum
June 23–June 27, 2014
July 28–August 1, 2014
Be inspired this summer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as you join colleagues from across the country for an exciting exploration of the connections among American art, technology, and your curricula. Attend one of our week-long institutes in the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. Stay connected with your newfound colleagues and Museum staff throughout the year.
Core subject teachers for grades 6-12 may apply as individuals or as part of a team. Priority will be given to social studies and English/language arts teachers.
Applications are due Monday, March 31, 2014
Registration Fee: $200 per participant
For more information and the application please visit: http://americanart.si.edu/education/dev/institutes/
Graduate credits, scholarships, and low-cost housing accommodations are available. For more information, please contact us at AmericanArtInstitutes@si.edu