Winter/Spring 2020 Greater Boston Professional Development Opportunities from Re-imagining Migration
Understanding Immigration Today: Current Events in the Classroom
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 3:00-4:00 PM
Immigration is an inescapable part of the current news cycle and one that is often clouded by heated rhetoric and misinformation. Join experts from Re-imagining Migration, Facing History and Ourselves, Neighborhood of Affordable Housing and the Boston Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement to learn strategies for creating safe and welcoming spaces for students to learn about current immigration issues in the free webinar Understanding Immigration Today: Current Events in the Classroom on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM EST.
This webinar is organized and hosted by the Immigrant Learning Center. Follow this link for more information and to register.
Decolonizing Civic Education: Teaching Engagement through Voices of Dissent and Protest
March 14, 2020
This workshop session, facilitated in partnership with Primary Source, will offer culturally responsive models of civic education and classroom approaches that challenge conventional narratives of civic engagement. During the session, Adam Strom from Re-imagining Migration will introduce stories of young immigrants making their voices heard and engaging in a powerful participatory politics campaign.
This workshop will be held during the Transforming Education for Social Justice Conference. Follow this link for more information and to register.
Voices of Migration: A Framework and Testimony for the Classroom
March 24, 2020
Join Adam Strom, Director of Re-imagining Migration and Lesly Cup, Head of Programs at the USC Shoah Foundation, for an interactive webinar that will model strategies and a framework for using testimony to teach about migration in 6-12 classrooms. During the webinar participants will engage with testimony for the USC Shoah Archive and iwitness learning platform specially curated to illuminate key themes from the Re-imagining Migration learning arc. In addition, Strom and Culp will introduce thinking routines, lessons, and curriculum support to help students develop an understanding of migration as well as the empathy and mindsets that prepare them for informed civic action in relation to one of the defining issues of our time.
This webinar will be presented at part of Share My Lesson’s Virtual Conference. Follow this link for more information and to register.
Migrations in World History and Today’s World
April 2, 2020
What were the roots and major consequences of human migrations in world history? How can the study of migrations in the past anchor students’ understanding of refugee and immigrant issues today? This one-day program offers updated resources and strategies to enhance world history courses using a highly relevant theme. Engaging with case-studies from across two millennia, we will explore such concepts and phenomena as expulsion and forced migration; nomads as historical actors; empires, conquest and migration; and population movement in an era of globalization. Teaching scholars for this program include Whitney Howarth, co-author of the Migrations in World History handbook, and Adam Strom of Re-Imagining Migration.
Open to grades 6-12 educators.
Note: Re-imagining Migration will be presenting as part of a day-long conference organized and facilitated by Primary Source. Follow this link for more information and to register.
What Does it Mean to Prepare Citizens to Participate in an Age of Migration?
April 7, 2020
We live in an era of mass migration. In the United States, 26% of school-aged youth are either immigrants or the children of immigrants. They form just a slice of the one billion people on the move around the world. It is in this context that young people – whether they are part of an arriving or receiving culture – strive to form their identities as learners, community members, and change-makers. While history education has the potential to help young people put today’s experiences in context, myths and misinformation about the past get in the way of a deeper understanding of the experience of migration on individuals, communities, and nations. At the same time, academically rigorous exploration of the past can provide perspective and insight into today’s choices, dilemmas, and experiences of migration.
In this interactive workshop designed for in-service middle and high school teachers, educators from Re-Imagining Migration will introduce a culturally relevant framework, resources, and strategies for teaching about migration in ways that promote student’s understanding of citizenship in an age of migration as well as their social, emotional, academic, and civic growth. Using primary sources and historical case studies, participants will critically engage text and participate in small and large group discussions while considering fundamental questions about the human experience such as: What does citizenship mean in an age of migration? Why do people leave their homes and what happens to our identities while crossing borders? What factors influence how communities respond to migration? What are the ways that communities receive and integrate newcomers? What can we do to build more inclusive and sustainable societies?
To prepare young people, immigrant-origin youth, or their peers, we need to help them understand both histories and patterns of migration to inform their understanding of and perspectives regarding one of the most important civic issues of our time
This off-site workshop is being offered as part of the 50th Northeast Regional Conference for the Social Studies. Follow this link for more information and link to register.
The Literature of Im/migration
April 21, 2020
Look for more information about an upcoming webinar exploring approaches to teaching the literature of im/migration with Jill Eisenberg, Director of Curriculum and Literacy Strategy at Lee and Low Books, Jinnie Spiegler, ADL Director of Curriculum and Training, and Adam Strom, Director of Re-imagining Migration
Additional information about the webinar will be available soon. In the meantime explore our website for resources on teaching about migration through language arts. Resources include this fantastic 9th-grade unit developed by Re-imagining Migration Fellow Kristen Fox.
Photograph courtesy of photographer Lindsey Michelle Williams.