Nationalism. Immigration. Prejudice. Free Press. Voting. Monuments. Every day our students are bombarded with tragic headlines, contentious news coverage, and divisive rhetoric—and then they come to school. How do we prepare our students to actively engage with the world outside—and inside—the schoolhouse walls?
Join us for this full-day forum to engage with fellow educators on how and when to bring important current events and issues into your classroom. Participants will choose from multiple educator-led workshop sessions that use Facing History pedagogical strategies for fostering civil discourse in turbulent times. Workshop topics may include a focus on media literacy, exploring undocumented immigration, analyzing the role of monuments in public memory, considering the status of voting rights, and the state of prejudice in schools.
Our keynote speaker, Maha Elgenaidi, will share her reflections on how educators can address Islamophobia and its impact on Muslim identity in the modern world. Maha is the Executive Director of the Islamic Networks Group (www.ing.org), a non-profit organization with affiliates and partners around the country that are pursuing peace and countering all forms of bigotry through education and interfaith engagement while working within the framework of the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom and pluralism.
Maha received an M.A. in religious studies from Stanford University and B.A in political science and economics from the American University in Cairo. She has taught classes on Islam in the modern world at Santa Clara University, Stanford University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz, and has been recognized with numerous awards, including the “Civil Rights Leadership Award” from the California Association of Human Relations Organizations and “Citizen of the Year Award” from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.
This event is intended for middle school and high school educators.
A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
After this workshop you will:
Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia
Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost