Left to right: Jen Lewis (CLACS), David Donaldson (U.S. Fund for UNICEF), Gail Slater (Spanish BETAC), Nicole Rosefort (Haitian BETAC), and Tara Broughel (U.S. Fund for UNICEF).
On March 8th, International Women’s Day, CLACS coordinated with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Education Department, the New York State Spanish Bilingual Education Technical Assistance Center (BETAC) at NYU, and and the New York State Haitian BETAC to present the workshop “Teach UNICEF: Exploring Gender Equality through Global Education.” The participants, mainly English Language Learning (ELL) teachers of social studies and ESL teachers, discussed the unique contributions of ELL students to classroom discussions of global history and also how best to incorporate global themes and events into the classroom and curriculum. The discussion then focused on teaching about gender through an examination of several topics such as maternal health, education and marriage. Unicef hosts a number of gender-related curricular materials on its website, free for download and usage in the classroom.
The workshop concluded with a discussion of how teachers would use the TeachUnicef resources in their specific classrooms. Teachers planned to discuss their progress during the next workshop, which is scheduled for March 30, 2011.
If you are interested in participating in K-12 Educator events such as this one, please sign up to receive email alerts for K-12 events via the CLACS website. Learn more about the K-12 Educator Workshop by reading an article on Unicef’s Field Notes website.
On Monday January 31st, the CLACS Teacher Residency Program hosted the conference “Teaching the Cold War and Latin America in a High School Classroom.” The conference, held during a New York City Board of Education Professional Development day, was attended by public school teachers from over 25 schools across the metropolitan area.
The day’s events were opened by Greg Grandin, a well-known Latin American historian and professor in the Department of History at NYU. Grandin is also the author of the recent prize-winning book Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City. Professor Grandin gave the keynote presentation of the conference, providing a sweeping overview of the importance of Latin America in the Cold War and setting the foundation for the days more specific presentations.
The conference was the culminating event of the CLACS K-12 Residency Program, an effort to connect recent scholarship on Latin America with materials development applicable for K-12 classrooms. The three Residents, who had been researching topics related to the Cold War for a period of 3 months, each presented the curricular materials they had produced while in the program.
Rachel McCormick , a Spanish teacher at the Bronx Leadership Academy High School, presented a workshop titled “Media Representations of the Civil War in El Salvador.” McCormick’s presentation outlined several classroom activities, including one in which students walk around and silently write reactions next to a series of black and white photos of El Salvador during the conflict.
Students are inspired by Native American Storyteller Dolls
Over the last 4 years, CLACS has developed a strong partnership with the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Together we have organized comprehensive K-12 professional development programming which brings together pedagogy training for educators and Latin America and Caribbean-related content for use in New York City classrooms. Specifically, CLACS partners closely with the New York State Spanish Bilingual Education Technical Assistance Center (SBETAC) to support educators working with English language learners (ELLs), Spanish speaking students, ESL students, and students attending bilingual schools.
CLACS and SBETAC have also connected with organizations across New York City such as The New York Times, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF TeachUnicef Program, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) K-12 program to offer professional development workshops for K-12 educators.
On Friday May 7th, CLACS, the Steinhardt School of Education of NYU the NYS Haitian Bilingual and ESL Technical Assistance Center (HABETAC), and Facing History, Facing Ourselves collaborated to present a two day workshop on Haiti for 40 teachers from all over the metropolitan area. The workshop was organized to support teachers in their efforts to teach about Haiti and to help to further contextualize the devastatingly destructive earthquake that hit the island in January earlier this year. The conference was also intended to look to help teachers to better support Haitian students affected by the disaster and to encourage all students to become educated, active and involved in the relief efforts.
The first day included a lecture by NYU professor and Director of CLACS Ada Ferrer on the history and legacies of the Haitian Revolution. Michael Dash, Professor of French and Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU, followed with a presentation on the history of Haitian-American relations. The following day’s workshops focused on how best to meet the needs of Haitian students. Tanya Huelett, of the educational NGO Facing History Facing Ourselves, wrapped up the day’s activities with a talk titled “Choosing to Participate: Responsibility and Action in the Face of International Crisis.”
For those interested in materials and information about Haiti, please visit the CLACS Haiti: in Context webpage.