SIMA Teacher Award

At the intersection of global citizenship education and media innovation, SIMA celebrates educators and students using this pivotal space as a catalyst for change. The annual SIMA Teacher Award will honor one exceptional teacher who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to utilizing social impact media as a springboard for global education and meaningful community engagement.

The Awarded teacher will receive lifetime access to SIMA Classroom, a permanent feature on the SIMA Classroom website, and a 12-day educator tour to Qatar (all-expenses paid) provided by Qatar Foundation International.

Application Deadline: December 15, 2019.

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Workshop: New Science Standards and Climate Change

EVENT DETAILS: 

When: Thursday, November 7
Time:  9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where:  River’s Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, MN (pre-workshop to the MN Science Teachers Association Conference)
Cost: FREE. Lunch provided.
Credits: 6 CEUs

Minnesota has new state science standards, and Climate Generation wants to equip middle and high school teachers with the tools and resources to bring these core ideas to life in the classroom:

  • Climate change causes
  • American Indian contributions to investigating phenomena
  • Energy and engineering solutions

These workshops are for middle school and high school science teachers, curriculum coordinators, district leaders, and administrative staff. If you do not identify as one of these and are interested in attending, please call our office at 612-278-7147.

Workshop Highlights

  • Gain experience with phenomena-based learning and teaching
  • Dig into the new Minnesota science standards
  • Identify progressions of important learning for each benchmark
  • Engage in hands-on activities to support the new science standards

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30 Years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is 30! Find ways to celebrate, advocate, teach, and more!

Thirty years ago, on November 20th, world  leaders adopted the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) an international agreement on childhood. Now the most ratified of all international treaties, this historic commitment to the world’s children has radically transformed young lives across the globe. It sets out the rights that must be realized for children to develop to their full potential.

But still not every child gets to enjoy a full childhood. Still, too many childhoods are cut short. It is up to our generation to demand that leaders from government, business and communities fulfill their commitments and take action for child rights now, once and for all. 

Human Rights Here and Now – “For Every Child, Every Right.”

In honor of the 30th Anniversary, HRE USA has dedicated its latest edition of Human Rights Here and Now to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). We have also created an online toolkit of ready-to-use resources entitled, Every Child, Every Right! to help anyone learn and teach about the CRC!

To advocate for the rights of the child in the United States, HRE USA is also galvanizing support for U.S. ratification of the CRC through our CRC in the USA Campaign.

>> Every Child, Every Right Online Toolkit

Human Rights Forum at Augsburg University

EVENT DETAILS: 
When: October 28-29, 2019
Where: Augsburg University, 2211 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Cost: $25-$100

Building on Augsburg University’s 30-year history hosting a global forum, and as part of the university’s sesquicentennial celebration, we are pleased to announce the launch of the new Human Rights Forum. The forum will bring students, thoughtful leaders, global changemakers, and local activists together to explore innovative ways to take action in our ongoing pursuit of human rights issues both globally and domestically.

The opening day will focus on global issues and perspectives and is developed in partnership with the Human Rights Foundation, a nonprofit that sponsors the Oslo Freedom Forum each year, both founded by Thor Halvorssen, a Venezuelan human rights activist. The Human Rights Foundation has an impressive roster of young and diverse human rights activists and promotes and protects human rights globally within authoritarian regimes.

Our second day will feature speakers and sessions exploring domestic and national issues on racial justice, indigenous rights, and environmental sustainability. This day of programming will include several named lectures developed with and sponsored by campus departments and centers, partner institutions, and sponsors. Access our speakersprogram and general information via the menu bar. Tickets are now available, and the event is open to the public.

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Job Announcement: Reconstruction Campaign Organizer

The Zinn Education Project (coordinated by Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change) seeks to recruit a part-time Campaign Organizer to design the next phase for the Teach Reconstruction Campaign. The length of the contract may be up to 12 months.

To date, the Teach Reconstruction Campaign has engaged thousands of classroom teachers across the U.S. in teaching about Reconstruction (the period between abolition and Jim Crow) with resources beyond the limited scope of textbooks and traditional curriculum. The next phase of the campaign is to extend these efforts to the policy level.

The campaign organizer will design and help implement the second phase of the Reconstruction Campaign in coordination with Zinn Education Project co-directors and staff.

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FREE Webinar on Immigration with Journalist Sonia Nazario

When: Thursday, October 17, 2019
Time:  7:00 pm EST
Where: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

With more than 250 million migrants around the globe, including more than 65 million refugees, migration has sparked intense partisan debate, inspired advocacy, and changed the face of cities, neighborhoods, and schools.

Join Facing History and OurselvesWrite the World, and Share My Lesson for a FREE webinar that will explore powerful human stories behind this global trend in conversation with Sonia Nazario, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Enrique’s Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother. Years after his mother left him behind in Honduras to seek work in the United States, Enrique embarked on a harrowing odyssey to find her. Join us to discuss the importance of stories in addressing today’s challenges of borders and belonging, and learn about Facing History and Ourselves’ extensive resources for teaching about immigration in social studies and literature classrooms. 

Participants will receive access to Facing History’s study guide for the YA version of Enrique’s Journey, along with current events lessons and other multimedia resources.

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Teach Central America Week

Join educators across the country for #TeachCentralAmerica week from October 7 – 13, 2019

More than four million Central Americans reside in the United States and migration from the region is headline news. However, most schools teach very little about Central America, including the long history of U.S. involvement in the region. Central America is too-often portrayed as simply a strip of land on a map connecting North and South America. Students are left to imagine that their Central American heritage, or that of their peers, is insignificant. Teachers have learned little of the history themselves and there is a scarcity of literature in the school libraries. 

To help fill this gap, Teaching for Change has launched the #TeachCentralAmerica campaign. The goal of the campaign is to encourage and support teaching about Central America in K-12 schools so that students can learn about this region, which has many ties to the United States through foreign policy, immigration, commerce, and culture.

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