Middle Level-Jr. High School
This session will review the experience teaching Arab culture at a public high school in Portland, OR, discuss opportunities and challenges, offer best practices, and share curriculum and lesson plans.
Elisheva Cohen, Portland State University, portland, Oregon
Participants will be guided through 3 lesson plans integrating the electoral processes of Jordan, The United Arab Emirates, Israel and Iraq with representational art making for students ages 10-13.
Lauren Walling, Teachers College Columbia University, New York, New York
This poster chronicles the experiences of a rural, American class trying to understand current events in the Arab world and how communicating across cultures challenged stereotypes fostered by media coverage.
Jennice McCafferty-Wright, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri; Ryan Knowles, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
We will compare and contrast the reporting of the watershed events such as 9/11, The Arab Spring, and the Conflict in Syria in western media with Al Jazeera's reporting.
Jeffrey Nichols, The Latin School of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Integrating traditional literature, social media, online collaborative and content-curating tools allows teachers to meet the challenges of currency and student engagement in examining today’s democracy movements in MENA.
DENISE ALTOBELLO, TRINITY EPISCOPAL SCHOOL, NEW ORLEANS, LA; JENNY VELASQUEZ, TRINITY EPISCOPAL SCHOOL, NEW ORLEANS, LA
Teaching students that the rule of law is the foundation for all democratic ideals will ensure an engaged citizenry that values equity, social justice and opportunity for all people.
H. Timothy Isaacs, Center for Teaching the Rule of Law, Salem, Virginia; G. Michael Pace, Center for Teaching the Rule of Law, Salem, Virginia
Explore a method of using folktales from around the world to teach democracy by emphasizing binary opposites, holistic perspectives, and focusing on the characters and events of the story
Renard Harris, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
What is at the heart of who we are as a society? Join this session and walk away with classroom-ready tools and activities to teach your students about historical and present day issues and the activists who made a difference. Technology and active learning to engage middle school students in human rights will be emphasized.
Joseph D. Karb, Springville-Griffith Institute Middle School, Springville, NY
Explore Sikh culture, traditions, identity, and faith with "Fun Facts"; "Did You Know"; and "Culture Quiz" segments that entertain and inform. This program will leave students engaged and enlightened.
Janice Singh, Kaur Foundation, Potomac, MD
Using narrative, students participate in learning experiences from the viewpoint of a character to construct personal understandings about subject matter and apply literacy skills within a meaningful context. Curriculum provided.
Margit McGuire, Seattle University, Seattle, WA; Bronwyn Cole, University of Western Sydney, Penrith, Australia