Teaching current events can be challenging: the news cycle moves quickly, stories are complex, and the issues can spark strong emotions. How can we prepare students to have reflective and respectful discussion of current events, especially those that may be controversial or divisive for some?
Exploring current events asks us to do more than help students know what is going on. It also means developing students' capacity to be aware of bias and injustice, to make meaningful connections to their own communities and relationships, and to find their own agency and voice regarding the issues affecting the society they live in. Facing History and Ourselves’ approach to teaching current events promotes media literacy and civic engagement.
In this forum, you will:
Explore content, pedagogy, and resources for addressing how to prepare students to actively engage with the world outside—and inside—our school walls
Engage with teaching strategies that support reflective classroom communities, honor diverse identities, and help students interrogate text and think critically
Practice strategies to navigate heightened emotions and a range of perspectives in diverse settings
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate will host this forum. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the various resources and educational opportunities the Institute offers.