Navigating Difficult Conversations About History

February 26, 2020
Navigating Difficult Conversations About History
New York

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Navigating Difficult Conversations About History

Studying the Holocaust allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history and fosters their skills in critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement. Using Facing History’s Holocaust and Human Behavior historical case study, participants in this workshop will look closely at the range of choices made by individuals, groups, and countries during the rise of the Nazi party and connect those choices to universal concepts about human behavior in times of crisis. We will introduce you to teaching strategies and activities that help students process emotionally challenging content and foster a reflective classroom community. 

 Participants will:

  • Increase their ability to facilitate respectful classroom discussions on difficult issues such as racism, antisemitism, and other forms of exclusion in a way that invites personal reflection and critical analysis. 

  • Learn a new way of structuring the curriculum to help students connect history to their own lives and the choices they make.

  • Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully.

We welcome social studies and civics teachers, as well as any administrators, teaching grades 6–12. This workshop is eligible for CTLE hours.

This workshop is being offered in collaboration with the NYSCSS Cultural Education Committee.

Hofstra University
1000 Hempstead Turnpike
Hempstead, NY 11549
February 26, 2020
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

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