Resources for Educators

Academic Content Areas

Genocide and Human Rights Summer Institute

Description: This program focuses on how to teach about the role of human rights and anti-genocide in our curriculums.  Participants begin the institute with sessions on understanding of bullying and promoting self-awareness and respect for others and end with sessions on specific case studies of genocide and human rights violations.  Five days of the institute are spent in Washington, D.C. visiting the National Museum of the American Indian (which presents a special workshop just for our teachers), the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, working with the American Red Cross, various other NGOs (such as SaveDarfur and Human Rights Watch), and meeting with US government officials and representatives from international governments.  The teaching of genocide and human rights was made a Social Studies mandate by the Illinois Legislature in 2005 and this workshop fully adheres to the content and teaching standards adopted as part of that resolution and mandate.

Time required: 2 weeks

CPDUs:  TBD

Audience: Teachers of all grade levels

   

Individual Workshops on Teaching Social Studies

Description: This workshop will examine how to use various pedagogical and integrative approaches to present the social studies either as a stand alone subject (for Middle School and High School teachers) or as an integrated subject (for Elementary School teachers) that includes applications that can be employed during Language Arts (reading and writing), math, and physical education.  It will focus on various content topics, as requested by teachers and schools.  Past examples have included Teaching Islam, Thematic Teaching of Social Studies, "Worldmindedness" in the Classroom, and Illinois in History and Social Studies.

Time required: TBD

CPDUs:  TBD

Audience: Teachers of all grade levels

   

Crafting Memorable Memories into a Multimedia Memoir

Description: Multimedia memoirs is an integrative language arts assignment that encourages adolescents to examine “their lives both broadly and deeply, to identify meaningful events and incidents, and to learn about themselves” (Atwell, 2002, p. 9). Having students complete hypermedia projects using software such as PowerPoint and Photo Story is an active, student-centered approach integrating students’ own experiences, writing, and technology. Middle school teachers will be provided with a multimedia presentation to model effective strategies to use in crafting a multimedia memoir. Several mentor texts will be partially read to illustrate how to “read like a writer” (Ray, 1999), and to examine author’s craft to facilitate students’ writing development. Examples of students’ writing samples and use of software programs will be included throughout brief demonstration writing lessons.

Time required: 1 day

CPDUs:  TBD

Audience: Middle School Teachers

   

Keeping Teens Connected to Music: Developmental Changes and Music

Description: This workshop provides an overview of adolescent development as it relates to adolescents’ involvement in school music programs.

Time required: 1 hour

CPDUs:  1

Audience: Middle School Teachers