This four-part webinar series focuses on ways to incorporate inclusive pedagogical approaches for addressing different faith traditions and cultures in the classroom consistent with the First Amendment. Based on Tanenbaum's* Seven Principles for Inclusive Education and Face to Faith's Essentials of Dialogue, these webinars help teachers navigate the often difficult terrain of teaching accurately and sensitively about diverse religions and cultures.
* Tanenbaum's participation is supported, with special thanks, by The Nissan Foundation.
Getting Religion Right in Public Schools is part one of a four-part webinar series focuses on ways to incorporate inclusive pedagogical approaches for addressing different faith traditions and cultures in the classroom consistent with the First Amendment.
We will examine the constitutional and educational framework for addressing religion in public schools. Key questions addressed include: What are the challenges of teaching about religions in the curriculum? How should educators address religious needs and requirements of students? What are the limits of student religious expression?
Objective: Prepare social studies teachers to address religion and religious diversity in the classroom using the principles of the First Amendment as applied under current law.
In accordance with the four dimensions of C3 and Common Corer, we will discuss the content and pedagogy needed to create projects/lesson plans that incorporate the new "Learning Laboratory" environment. We will provide opportunities for conversations and sharing ideas, as well as experiences, and solutions. The presentation will also include suggested ways of assessment that measure progress and skill development.
Presenter: Gregory Turner, Geography Educator, Edward A. Fulton Jr. High School.
Essentials of Dialogue is part two of a four-part webinar series focuses on ways to incorporate inclusive pedagogical approaches for addressing different faith traditions and cultures in the classroom consistent with the First Amendment.
We will focus on introducing teachers to the Essentials of Dialogue - skills which are crucial as students articulate and share with their peers the meaning and significance of their own identity, culture, values, and traditions. Dialogue is a specific set of skills that can be introduced in the classroom as students learn about different religious/non-religious traditions/perspectives of the world. These skills give students the competence and confidence to engage in dialogue with those who have different world views, traditions, or perspectives. Students learn to explore and understand the similarities and differences of belief within a context of respect.
In the introduction to The Life of Pi, Yann Martel writes that "stories - individual stories, family stories and national stories - are what stitch together the different elements of human existence into a coherent whole." The stories of individuals provide intimate perspectives on the life and character of a person perpetuating his or her individuality while affirming our common humanity, yet too often storytelling is missing from social studies instruction. Stories allow us to highlight individual moments and contributions, key decisions and events in history, while at the same time helping students to make connections by highlighting the trends, the themes, and the processes that are consistent across time and place.
Presenter: Lorraine Lupinskie, Director of Social Studies, Half Hollow Hills Central School District.
The goal of this webinar is to help elementary teachers engage students in US history through selecting appropriate primary source documents, helping students tackle these complex texts through close reading and differentiation, and using them as a springboard to promote debate and discussion. Teachers will identify how using primary sources can engage students, promote inquiry, and help students think critically. Through identifying how to find appropriate primary sources, using close reading, interdisciplinary planning and technology, teachers will come away with useful strategies to engage students in American history, promote rich vocabulary development and fully integrate the C3 and Common Core standards into their classrooms. This inquiry-driven webinar will help teachers excite their students about the past and help them develop multi-faceted multicultural understandings.
Getting More out of Core: Strategies for Effectively Incorporating Religion into Existing Classroom Content is part three of a four-part webinar series focuses on ways to incorporate inclusive pedagogical approaches for addressing different faith traditions and cultures in the classroom consistent with the First Amendment.
This session will help educators promote respect for religious diversity by adapting and expanding upon what they are already teaching. Participants will gain awareness of potential barriers to addressing the topic of religion and find ways to overcome those barriers.
Participants will also learn how to:
- Establish a learning environment that's conducive to respectful conversations about religion.
- Select appropriate classroom materials that accurately represent diverse religious and nonreligious belief systems across time while fulfilling Common Core State Standards.
- Facilitate classroom discussions about current events through the lens of global citizenship.
- Make connections between academic content about religion and students' lived experiences.
Putting it Into Practice: Classroom Case Studies and Lesson Plans About Religious Diversity is the last of a four-part webinar series focuses on ways to incorporate inclusive pedagogical approaches for addressing different faith traditions and cultures in the classroom consistent with the First Amendment.
This session will help educators bring what they've learned back to their schools. It will provide them with a variety of practical guidelines, as well as examples across grade levels of Common Core-aligned lesson plans that allow for respectful exploration of religious and cultural differences.
Participants will also learn how to:
- Analyze textbooks to determine whether diverse religious groups are portrayed fully and accurately.
- Respond confidently to student inquiries and challenging classroom situations related to religion.
- Broaden the teaching of religious events in U.S. history to include the richness and complexities of all traditions.
Webinar Series: Using Multiple Viewpoints and Multiple Perspectives to Study American History
This webinar series will reinforce the advantages of analyzing multiple perspectives and multiple viewpoints when studying American history. Utilizing inquiry activities as suggested by the C3 social studies framework, we will search out multiple (and in some instances) conflicting view of American history so that teachers can encourage critical thinking and informed dialogue amongst students. We will carefully analyze authors who take a more conventional view of American history and who emphasize "American exceptionalism" (Larry Schwikart); we will also discuss the views of authors who present more critical views of American history (Howard Zinn, "Untold History of the United States" by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick). We will demonstrate how using multiple viewpoints will allow students to more precisely analyze major events and topics in American history.
Today's teachers face a tremendous and competing challenge: obtain excellent and continually higher results on tests that generally only verify rote knowledge, while simultaneously teaching critical thinking, cooperation, and communication skills. The new Common Core State Standards combined with the National Council for Social Studies College, Career, and Civic Life Framework, demand teachers attend to higher order thinking skills, while often local and state exams measure only basic literacy, knowledge, and comprehension. The Suchman Inquiry Model described in this webinar allows teachers to teach both the facts and the skills through an inquiry approach which facilitates students' investigation of concepts using maps, graphs, primary source documents, news articles, artifacts, etc. Students develop a multifaceted perspective, draw conclusions, and come to new conceptual understandings. This learning model mirrors authentic tasks done by historians, researchers, writers, policy makers, educators, lawyers and others who rely on knowledge of the humanities for success.
July 27, 2015 –
July 31, 2015 Santa Clara University,
Santa Clara, CA
Powerful and Authentic Social Studies (PASS) is a professional development program that trains social studies teachers in curriculum design, assessment, and instruction in a standards-based environment. It is an ideal vehicle for classroom-level implementation of C3 and Common Core standards. This institute will provide participants with the materials and expertise necessary to lead their own PASS training workshops in their schools and school districts. Participants will learn about PASS criteria and standards for curriculum design, assessment construction, and effective instruction. In small learning communities, participants will examine videotaped K-12 vignettes of teaching and create examples of curriculum units and assessment tasks to share with their learning community.
November 13, 2015 –
November 15, 2015 Ernest N. Morial Convention Center,
New Orleans, LA
Come on down the Mississippi to join NCSS in New Orleans at the 95th NCSS Annual Conference, November 13-15, 2015. The city's rich heritage and culture will be yours to experience and explore, along with more than 3,000 of your peers from across the U.S. and around the world.
The NCSS Annual Conference is the place for social studies education professionals to convene, learn, network, and engage with colleagues. Share the latest knowledge, ideas, research and expertise, promote best practices, and help to advocate for and strengthen the profession of social studies education by attending the 95th NCSS Annual Conference.