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Free PD on June 7th at The Holocaust Museum & Learning Center in St. Louis

The Holocaust Museum & Learning Center, Gateway Media Literacy Partners (Cooperating School Districts is an institutional member of GMLP), The Missouri Council for Social Studies, and Big Picture Instructional Design present a free professional development workshop on the film The Last Survivor. The purpose of The Last Survivor is for viewers to learn from past mistakes, and to reflect upon how they respond to similar issues today. The film follows the survivors of four genocides and mass atrocities-  The Holocaust, Rwanda, Darfur, and Congo. It is a story dignity and hope.

The free event on June 7th takes place at The Holocaust Museum & Learning Center at 12 Millstone Campus Drive in St. Louis, Missouri. From 3-6:30 p.m., participants are invited to screen the film and discuss it amongst the group. In addition, a Holocaust Survivor will be in attendance and will take questions from the audience. Classroom-ready materials will be shared. Also, participants will also receive a copy of the documentary itself.

While this event- in just one month- has no cost, but space is limited, so you must register if you’d like to attend. The film screening & discussion, along with the materials distributed, are focused for educators who teach 7th grade and up (but any educator who is interested can register). Send any inquiries about the film itself or screening here.

The Last Survivor Professional Development Workshop

Hosted by The Holocaust Museum & Learning Center, Gateway Media Literacy Partners (Cooperating School Districts is an institutional member of GMLP), The Missouri Council for Social Studies, and Big Picture Instructional Design is a free professional development workshop on the film The Last Survivor on June 7th. The film follows the survivors of four genocides and mass atrocities-  The Holocaust, Rwanda, Darfur, and Congo. The purpose of the film is for viewers to learning from the mistakes of the past in order to inform how we, an an international community, respond to similar issues today.

The event in June takes place at The Holocaust Museum & Learning Center at 12 Millstone Campus Drive in St. Louis, Missouri. From 3-6:30 p.m., participants are invited to screen the film and discuss it amongst the group. In addition, a Holocaust Survivor will be in attendance and will take questions from the audience. Lastly, classroom-ready materials will be shared with the educators.

While this event is free, space is limited (only 100 people can attend), so you must register if you’d like to attend. The film screening & discussion, along with the materials distributed, are focused for educators who teach 7th grade and up. Send any inquiries about the film itself or screening here.

Darfur Debate, Cool Careers, Folktales + more from GNG

fall2009Global Nomads Group (GNG) offers 4 types of interactive videoconference programs that cover a range of academic themes. For full descriptions (plus cost of the programs) visit www.gng.org.

Here is what GNG has lined up for the Fall of 2009:

Darfur Debate for Grades: 7-8, and 9-12
on Tues. Sept. 15 and Thurs. Sept. 17

Environmental Refugees for Grades: 7-8, and 9-12
on Tues. Sept. 29 and Thurs. Oct. 1

Cool Careers for Grades: 7-8, and 9-12
on Fri. Sept. 18, Wed. Oct.14 and more

Virtual Science Expedition for Grades: 7-8, and 9-12
on Tues. Nov. 10, Tues. Nov. 24 and more

Folktales Around the World – New Project-Based IVC for Grades: 3-5
on Wed. Dec. 16

Nuclear Proliferation: A Case Study of North Korea for Grades: 7-8, and 9-12 on Tues. Oct. 6

U.S. Role in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan for Grades: 7-8, and 9-12 on Tues. Nov. 10

Globalization and the Post-American Flat World for Grades: 7-8, and 9-12
from Sept. – Dec. 2009 at various times depending on location:

  • Spain
  • Morocco
  • Ghana
  • South Africa
  • India
  • Vietnam
  • China

GNG Fall Pulse Programs

Flickr Creative Commons - stonefordGlobal Nomads Group (GNG) has a very interesting line-up for 2009-2010. Since there is so much to report, we’re going to do it over a few blog posts (specific dates and times will be revealed later by GNG). First up (can you tell by my word choice that St. Louis has All-Star fever right now?): 2-PART PULSE PROGRAMS.

TITLE: Darfur Debate
THEMES: Conflict and Human Rights; Global Politics
DATE: September
The conflict in Darfur has reached well into its fifth year as hundreds of thousands of Darfuris have been killed and millions more have been displaced.  How can this atrocity still continue despite the rallying cry against genocide heard around the world?  Students will explore the roots of this conflict and what students can do NOW to influence the outcome of the 21st century’s first genocide.

TITLE: Global Warming and Natural Disasters: Earthquakes, Floods, and Tornadoes, Oh, My!
THEMES: Earth Science; Global Development; Health and Well-Being
DATE: September
Natural disasters have long been part of history – however, with the frequent rate of such news splashing across our various media sources, there is looming debate over the increase of natural disasters crediting climate change and global warming as a critical cause.

TITLE: Domestic Violence: Global Perspectives – In Honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month
THEMES: Conflict & Human Rights; Global Development; Health & Well-Being
DATE: October
According to the American Institute of Domestic Violence, over $5.8 billion is spent each year to care for U.S. victims of domestic violence; 95% of whom are female.  Domestic abuse amongst men is on the rise as well, although at much lower rates.  What can be done to stop the cycle of violence before it even begins?

TITLE: Money Matters: The Global Economic Crisis: Putting Stock in the Markets?
THEMES: Global Development; Sustainable Communities
DATE: October
NEW Project-Based Learning Lesson Plan, Secondary Level
With glimmers of hope of global economic recovery, global stock and credit markets have somewhat recovered.  However, there is a raging debate on whether there is real economic recovery or a government-engineered temporary reprieve from the unprecedented economic crisis the world has faced over the past twelve months.  What really happened?

Darfur: Never, Ever Again?

Today I sat in with a class that participated in a Global Nomads Group videoconference (Darfur: Never, Ever Again?). It connected with two other schools (one in Canada, one in North Carolina) and the v/c included  featured speaker Adam Sterling. Adam Sterling of Sudan Divestment Task Force, was in Darfur NOW (alongside George Clooney and Don Cheadle) and he discussed the vital role divestment has played in resolving the conflict in Darfur, as well as answered students questions on divestment, military presence, oil, etc.

The genocide taking place in Darfur is a world-wide issue. He also emphasized that we have to help make changes in Darfur. Adam asked one student why, and she replied that we had to help because we were all part of humanity, and we would want help if it were us. Students asked how they could help right off the bat. Adam enthusiastically spoke about STAND, the student-lead division of the Genocide Intervention Network. STAND is made up of students of all ages, backgrounds, and locations. Adam also reminded the students, even if they weren’t old enough to vote, to watch the first Presidential debate tonight, because one of the topics to be discussed is foreign policy. Though they may not be able to cast a ballot, their voices can still be heard, so they need to pay attention to what the candidates say.

I found the experience to be very moving and inspiring. To learn more about STAND, visit: http://www.standnow.org/ and to see past GNG programs, visit: http://www.gng.org/product/videos/index.html.

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