Examining Your Hidden Curriculum to Improve Social Justice in Your ClassroomThis workshop will present a guided tour of the hidden ways we teach, such as what is on our walls and whose voices are heard through texts. Participants will map their own classrooms and in small groups develop a plan for positively using hidden curriculum to promote more social justice.
Jacque Ensign is a teacher educator who focuses on culturally relevant approaches to teaching.
Learning Israel-Palestine: Connecting with Palestinian Youth and Uncovering Conflict in the Middle EastThis session explores teaching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with special emphasis on incorporating into the classroom the Global Citizen Corps two-way blog and live video conferencing program (formerly the Mercy Corps “Why Not” program), which connects U.S. students with youth in the Palestinian territories.
Ken Gadbow teaches high school social studies at Trillium Charter School in Portland; he facilitates live conversations between U.S. and Palestinian students through the “Why Not” program.
(Still) Rethinking Columbus: How the Columbus Myth Teaches Children that Racism and Colonialism Are OK — and some ideas on what to do about itThe Columbus-discovers-America myth is the first time in the curriculum that many children encounter different races confronting each other, different cultures confronting each other. Children begin to learn that social inequality is normal. In this workshop, through slides of children’s Columbus biographies, participants will examine deep biases that are imparted to students in literature and textbooks. We will also engage in classroom-tested methods to equip students to develop their critical reading abilities.
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