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Workshop for Educators: Exploring Our Shared Humanity - Using Narrative in a Human Rights Curriculum

Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Friday, · -

"Exploring Our Shared Humanity: Using Narrative in a Human Rights Curriculum Workshop"


This workshop will include three sections to help teachers think about their own positionality while also helping teachers work with students to develop an understanding of the tensions in American society between the ideals of a democratic society and the presence of bigotry and intolerance, both in the past and in our present. Teachers will work together to discuss and imagine how we can support students to understand these ideas and respond to them in their lives and as citizens.

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop a knowledge and understanding of the impact of political repression, intolerance, and bigotry through developmentally appropriate activities that include concrete experiences and interactions with, but not limited to, primary documents, witness testimony, historical documents, and mixed media.

2. Analyze and understand that democratic institutions and values are not automatically sustained, but need active civic responsibility and engagement.

3. Identify and evaluate how political repression, intolerance, bigotry, antisemitism, and national, ethnic, racial, or religious hatred and discrimination can evolve into genocide and mass violence, such as the Holocaust, and how to prevent the evolution of such practices.

4. Identify and evaluate the power of individual choices in preventing political repression, intolerance, bigotry, antisemitism, and national, ethnic, racial, or religious hatred.

About the Presenters

Cara Crandall, EdD: Glenbrook Middle School, MA; co-leader of TOLI’s Seminar in Massachusetts, “Examining our Shared Humanity: Holocaust Education and Social Responsibility”

Ashley Harbel: Assistant principal at Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow, NH; NH Commission on Holocaust and Genocide Education

Momodou Sarr: Teacher consultant and former Co-Director of the Language, Culture and Diversity Program of the Western Massachusetts Writing Project at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; co-facilitator in the course, Reaching and Teaching All Learners: An UDL Perspective, TOLI, and Teaching for Racial Justice: Identity, Culture and Pedagogy.


Please learn more and register at The hard deadline for registration is November 30; we are not able to accept any participants into the workshop after that date.

This event is part of the Cohen Center calendar.

Michele Kuiawa
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