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Griswold Teacher Brings Back Key Lessons from Holocaust, Genocide Workshop

Materials distributed at a recent workshop show educators how to create thoughtful lessons from tragedies such as the Holocaust and help students draw meaningful lessons from them.

Two days after the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that claimed the lives of 11 Jewish worshipers, Griswold High School social studies teacher Hannah McNeil found herself in a discussion with other teachers about the difficult and important lessons that arise from human tragedies fueled by bigotry and hate.

An early-career teacher, McNeil was one of many educators—including new and veteran history and English teachers, department chairs, and college professors—at a workshop titled Teaching Holocaust and Genocide, hosted by the University of Hartford.

Connecticut’s public school teachers have gained increasing access to professional development opportunities such as this one since the passage of Senate Bill 452 this past spring. Supported by CEA and signed into law in May 2018, the legislation has added Holocaust and genocide education and awareness to the required courses of study for Connecticut’s public schools. Read more

StoryCorps’ the Great Thanksgiving Listen Offers Special Opportunity for Social Studies Teachers & Students

SC-Toolkit-ImageThanksgiving is a time for sharing stories and history for many families, and this year NPR’s StoryCorps wants to help students capture some of those stories. StoryCorps is working with teachers and middle and high school students across the country to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation.

Open to everyone, The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national assignment to engage people of all ages in the act of listening. It’s specially designed for students ages 13 and over and as part of a social studies, history, civics, government, journalism, or political science class.

Click here for more information and to get a free teacher toolkit.

The project will help students develop the following:

  • Research, archiving, and planning skills
  • Speaking skills that enable students to express ideas clearly and persuasively
  • Listening skills that reflect increased comprehension, lead to critical analysis, and advance discussion
  • An increased connectedness, to community and to school
  • A deepened sense of social awareness, exhibited by appreciation of diversity and respect for others