Engaging students with current events is a crucial part of their development as informed and humane citizens in a democracy. It can also pose challenges. 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? How can we use these discussions as a means to develop students' capacity to be aware of bias and injustice, to make meaningful connections to their own communities and relationships, and to begin to feel their own agency and voice?
In this 2-part workshop series we will:
- Explore content, pedagogy, and resources for preparing students to actively engage with the world outside—and inside—our school walls
- Offer tips for making meaningful connections between current events and your curriculum
- Engage with teaching strategies that support reflective classroom and school communities, honor diversive identities, and help students interrogate text and think critically
The second part of this workshop series will apply the teaching ideas from the first session to current events specifically related to antisemitism. How can educators facilitate meaningful discussions with students in Jewish settings when incidents of antisemitism occur in our world today?