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Humanizing the History of Genocide in the Classroom

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15 PDPs
Grade 6-8;9-12
ELA;Social Justice Education;Civics

This full-day free workshop made possible by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will be led by Kate Todhunter, a Northampton High School social studies teacher and Smith College history lecturer. Kate has taught about the history of genocide for over twenty years and has worked extensively in regions affected by genocide.

This workshop will focus on providing culturally responsive and current materials and resources on genocide education, as mandated by the state of Massachusetts. Although we will discuss the Holocaust, this professional development will delve more deeply into lesser-known genocides including the Armenian genocide by Ottoman Turks during World War I, the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia, and the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. We will also examine the legacy of colonization in the United States.

Not only will this workshop provide an opportunity to work with educators from neighboring districts in Massachusetts, but we will be joined by genocide survivors who will share their stories. Participating teachers will then work independently over the summer of 2024 to develop lesson plans, with input and guidance from Kate. In the fall (date TBD), teachers will get together for a half day to share what they developed and discuss how it was implemented in their history and social studies classrooms.

Course requirements will be reading relevant articles, submitting lesson plans, and attending 1.5 days of on-site professional development. Participants who complete the work and attend all sessions will receive a $525 honorarium and 15 PDPs! Participants will also share and be given model lessons and receive lesson planning guidance from Todhunter.

Please note: If all seats are full, email to join a waitlist.

Registration Options

Summer 2024
Registration Deadline: 07/08/2024 4:30pm EST
Spaces Available: Section is Full
Instructors: Kate Todhunter
Meetings Dates: Click to View Dates/Times
Location: Collaborative for Educational Services
97 Hawley St., Northampton MA 01060

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