Black Lives Matter Week in D.C.

Attention Educators in the Washington D.C. area!

You are invited you to endorse and participate in the D.C. area Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools from February 5-10, 2018 to bring social justice issues into the classroom and empower students of color across the D.C. area.

D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice,  Center for Inspired Teaching, the Washington Teachers’ Union, D.C. area educators, and community members are collaborating on D.C. Area Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools. This week of action builds on the momentum of National Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Our Schools campaign taking place in cities across the U.S. to promote a set of local and national demands focused on improving the school experience for students of color.

Each day will explore two to three of the Black Lives Matter movement thirteen guiding principles. In school, teachers across the district will implement Black Lives Matter Week of Action curriculum designed for pre-K through 12th grade classrooms. In the evening, there will be events for educators, students, stakeholders, and community members to actively engage in the movement.

The goal of the Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools is to spark an ongoing movement of critical reflection and honest conversations in school communities for people of all ages to engage with critical issues of social justice. It is our duty as educators and community members to civically engage students and build their empathy, collaboration, and agency so they are able to thrive. Students must learn to examine, address, and grapple with issues of racism and discrimination that persist in their lives and communities.

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Civil Rights Movement Teaching Institute

EVENT DETAILS:
When: July 9-27
Where: Duke University, Durham, NC
Stipend/Award: $2700 (The stipend is intended to help participants cover travel, housing, meals, and basic academic expenses)

Application deadline: March 1st

This summer teaching institute was designed by a collaborative team of scholars, veterans, and educators from Duke, the SNCC Legacy Project, Tougaloo College, and Teaching for Change. Participants (classroom teachers in grades 7-12) will learn the bottom-up history of the Civil Rights Movement and receive resources and strategies to bring it home to their students. They will have the unique opportunity to learn from the people who made the civil rights movement happen, and from the leading scholars of the era. Three key narratives will serve as the focus of this institute:

  1. The movement thrust forward its leaders, not the other way around.
  2. The tradition of protest grew out of a long history of activism in the black community.
  3. Grassroots activism was the major engine that led to legislative reforms.

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Media Literacy Course: Using film to bring the world into your classroom

Do you want to learn more about integrating film into your lessons to inspire student discussions and learning on global issues? SIMA Classroom has launched a new Media Literacy Course for educators on Participate’s online, collaborative professional development platform.

Based on SIMA Classroom films and resources, this self-paced course will give you an opportunity to take a closer look at documentary films to explore the impact of visual storytelling to communicate human rights topics; and guiding you through activities that will make it possible to seamlessly integrate film into your lessons. Cost: $25.

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Human Rights Training Series @ Columbia University

The Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University is holding two workshops as part of its Human Rights Training Series!


Human Rights Advocacy, Campaign Development, and Engagement Strategies

EVENT DETAILS:
When: Saturday, January 20th and Saturday, January 27th
Time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Columbia University, International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027
Cost: Early bird rate of $295 for those who register by December 21st.  Regular rate of $345.

This two-part interactive workshop is designed to help practitioners strengthen their ability to conduct effective human rights advocacy and develop successful campaigns.

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Human Rights Research and Documentation

EVENT DETAILS:
When: Saturday, February 10th and Sunday, February 11th
Time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Columbia University, International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027
Cost: Early bird rate of $295 for those who register by December 21st.  Regular rate of $345.

This two-day interactive workshop is designed to strengthen participants’ human rights research and documentation skills, primarily for the purposes of human rights policy and advocacy.

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2018 CTAUN Conference

EVENT DETAILS:
When: Friday, April 6th, 2018   9:30 – 4:00 pm
Where: United Nations Headquarters, First Avenue and 45th Street, New York,  NY 10017
Cost: $65

Registration is now open for the 2018 Committee on Teaching about the United Nations (CTAUN) Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Stepping Up to Protect the World’s Children.”  This all day conference This all-day conference will shed light on some of the serious challenges faced by children worldwide, has well as by children in our own communities. We will look at what can be and is being done at the UN, by NGOs, by educators and others, including children themselves, to help them overcome and rise above these most difficult circumstances.

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Thematic Discussions on HRE in Higher Education

Interested in exploring how to advance human rights education across university and college communities?  Join this online discussion entitled, “Education for Human Rights: Attitudes, Values and Activism” hosted by the University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education (UCCHRE).

EVENT DETAILS:
When: Monday, November 13th @10 am EST
Topic: Education for Human Rights: Attitudes, Values and Activism

How to Join Zoom Meeting

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/2307940030
Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll): +14086380968,,2307940030# or +16465588656,,2307940030#
Or Telephone:Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)

Meeting ID: 230 794 0030
International numbers available

Facing History Webinars

Facing History and Ourselves has a full list of interesting webinars this month. Sign up today to get introduced to new content and teaching strategies and to engage with other educators and Facing History staff.

Identity, Race, and the Classroom
One of the greatest challenges facing educators today is how to navigate conversations about race in this volatile social and political moment. Central to the conversations are issues of identity, both for educators and their students. This webinar is held in partnership with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).
Holocaust and Human Behavior Webinar Series 
Facing History recently published a major revision of our seminal case study, Holocaust and Human Behavior. The new edition offers full digital access to a vast array of new scholarship, primary source material, images, videos, and audio never before compiled in a single resource. Join us for a three-part webinar series to learn more about teaching with the new edition!
Teaching about UNESCO
This webinar will focus on teaching about UNESCO and understanding its mission, its relationship to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the implications of the United States’ decision to withdraw from the organization.
Navigating Difficult Conversations: Gender Identity and the Classroom
In this webinar, we will discuss how to facilitate thoughtful classroom conversations about gender identity so that open and respectful dialogue can happen in your classes.
Teaching the Atrocities at Nanjing: Commemorating the 80th Anniversary
To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Nanjing Atrocities, Facing History and Ourselves will offer a webinar introducing our resource: The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War. The same webinar will be run twice, at two different times of the day, in an effort to support educators in different time zones.