Join us for a workshop on teaching Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice by the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson. In this very personal work, acclaimed lawyer and social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson offers a glimpse into the lives of the wrongfully imprisoned and his efforts to fight for their freedom.
Stevenson's story is one of working to protect basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society--the poor, the wrongly convicted, and those whose lives have been marked by discrimination and marginalization. Through this adaptation, young people of today will find themselves called to action and compassion in the pursuit of justice.
We plan to complement this workshop with a virtual conversation with a representative from the Equal Justice Initiative later this spring. Educators who attend this workshop will be expected to invite their students to participate in this virtual conversation.
In this workshop you will:
- Explore Facing History’s new resources for A Guide for Supporting Remote Student Book Clubs and Fostering Civil Discourse, to equip educators with the tools needed to foster reflective, safe and brave spaces for their book discussions
- Experience interdisciplinary teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and participate in civil discourse on topics related to the text
- Engage in a historical deep-dive into understanding long history of racial injustice in America, through Bryan Stevenson’s framework around the evolution from slavery to mass incarceration
- Understand Facing History’s approach to Teaching for Equity and Justice, Civic Engagement, and Social Emotional Learning in the context of teaching Just Mercy
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 online tools
- Receive an invitation to participate in the EJI event in the spring.
This workshop is intended for teachers of students in grades 8-12.
This event is made possible by a generous sponsorship by International Paper.