This is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. Taking place in Poland on January 24-27, 2015, Auschwitz: The Past is Present marks 70 years since the camp complex was liberated. The joint effort from The USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education and Discovery Education. The program is designed to promote a deeper understanding of 20th century history and its continuing relevance, hone digital literacy and critical thinking skills using real-world applications and audiovisual testimony, and inspire action against racism, intolerance, and prejudice and the suffering they cause, according to its website.
Educators are invited to enter a contest for an opportunity to travel to participate in this event. According to Shoah and Discovery, you could be chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime professional development experience designed to deepen your historical understanding, develop digital and media literacies, and teach you how to effectively integrate testimony across your curriculum. Click here to read through the steps carefully to the review application questions and video requirements. Contest ends October 3, 2014.
There is also an opportunity for students through a virtual field trip: “hear firsthand from survivors and witnesses returning to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and engage in a meaningful dialogue about history and its relevance today.”
Visit www.pastispresentauschwitz.com for more information.
Cooperating School Districts will again conduct a series of videoconference dialogs this year between 3-4 high schools on the topic of race relations. High school students from different demographic areas of the St. Louis metropolitan area (urban, suburban, and rural) and other parts of the U.S. will have an opportunity to talk with each other in a series of five videoconference dialogs. A trained facilitator from the group A World of Difference will oversee the conversations. The session breakdown is as follows:
Session 1 – Developing a common language to talk about racism, stereotyping, discrimination and prejudice.
Session 2 – What I learned growing up.
Session 3 – How inclusive is my school?
Session 4 – What procedures and policies would make my school more inclusive?
Session 5 – What can I personally do to change things?
All dialogs take place 1-2:00 p.m. CT. Dates so far: Nov. 14 & Dec. 12
(2008 dates will be determined as soon as the facilitator gets back to us with his schedule)
Jan. TBD; Feb. TBD; March TBD
High school teachers- interested? Contact Martha Bogart if you’d like to participate! Martha’s phone number is 314-692-1258 and her e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the last week, I’ve connected to teachers over v/c in Kansas, Texas and Michigan to talk about the Racial Dialog videoconference series produced by CSD and A World of Difference.I’ve shared with teachers our 5 part series on racism, stereotyping, discrimination and prejudice. Bringing together high school students from different demographic areas (urban, suburban, rural) for a facilitated conversation really brings out interesting thoughts and ideas. Last year, we had a school from New Jersey join 3 St. Louis area schools in the dialogs, adding a new layer of discussion.We’re still hammering out the dates for the 2007-2008 school year, but if you are interested in having your students participate, contact the VLC.