Course Description

Our 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.

Location: Keene State College Library 142.

A light breakfast will be available beginning at 8:30am and lunch will be provided halfway through the day.

Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. The last day to register for this workshop is November 30.

Presenter Bios:  

Cara:  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:  Ashley Harbel has worked in education for the last 15 years. She has taught both middle and high school English in CT and NH. She currently works as an assistant principal at Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow, NH. In addition to teaching Holocaust literature as part of the regular English curriculum, she created and taught a year-long Holocaust Studies elective and works with staff and students to provide education around the Holocaust. Ashley has also run a yearly trip to Germany and Poland for her high school students, which has included visits to the Warsaw Ghetto and Auschwitz-Birkenau. She is a proud member of the Echoes and Reflections family, having served on the advisory council and participated in the 8th and 10th annual Charlotte and Jacques Wolf Conference in NYC. Ashely also spent a week visiting ghettos, deportation sites, concentration and death camps as part of the first annual Educational Journey through Poland with Yad Vashem. Ashley is currently taking part in the The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights (TOLI) New York flagship seminar, in which she has spent the past year and a half working with educators across the country on Holocaust and human rights education. In New Hampshire, Ashley has worked with various stakeholders to mandate Holocaust and Genocide Education within the state. She currently serves on the NH Commission on Holocaust and Genocide Education, representing high school educators for the state of NH and working with the members of the commission to bring the mandate to fruition and provide resources for educators in NH.

Momodou: Momodou Sarr is a 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.  He is a co-facilitator in the course, Reaching and Teaching All Learners: An UDL Perspective, The Olga Lengyel Regional Seminar, and Teaching for Racial Justice: Identity, Culture and Pedagogy.

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