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									     Teachers Teaching Teachers Workshop Offerings
         MCRC Fall Workshop at The Shipley School—October 24, 2007

1. Walk a Mile in My Shoes: Adapting Published Autobiography for Performance                     Cynthia Angst, Baldwin School
This workshop will provide a guide to using published autobiographies and memoirs as material for live performance in English,
Social Studies or Theater classes. This project combines historical and cultural research with the power of theater, allowing
students not only the opportunity to view the world through another person’s eyes, but to embody that person’s thoughts and
emotions.                                                                                                          [Pre-K to 12]

2. Asian American, A Search for Identity                                                  Joyce Nagata, Westtown School
This workshop will look at what lies behind the image of the model minority and examine some of the issues these children
often confront as they develop images of self and identity in the process of growing up.         [Middle/Upper School]

3. Igniting Creativity and Critical Thinking in Diverse Learners:                 Mariandl Hufford, Kevin Miller, Woodlynde School
This presentation will focus on linking an innovative and research-based metacognition curriculum with the regular academic
curriculum in order to help students with diverse learning styles learn to self-assess, evaluate and reflect upon new information
and challenges. Participants will receive practical information ready for implementation, as well as sample lessons from our
curriculum.                                                                                                [Middle/Upper School]

4. Seuss to Shackleton: Teaching Values Through Thematic Units
                                                                           Kristina Kallam, Michelle Johns, Friends’ Central School
In this workshop, Lower School teachers will receive resources, ideas and examples on how to begin to create a thematic unit
emphasizing the value of diversity that is successful throughout multidisciplinary areas. Participants will also see connections
on how to emphasize the teaching of values throughout the theme.                                                       [Pre-K to 3]

5. Designing Games, Changing Perspectives: Critical Issues of Human Rights                            Steven Baris, Shipley School
Join an art teacher and diversity practitioner to discuss ways of using art and graphic design to illuminate important issues of
human rights. Examples of effective board games designed around themes of human rights will be displayed and discussed.
                                                                                                         [Middle/Upper School]

6. William Shakespeare’s The Tempest as Social Commentary                                         Spencer Gates, Westtown School
The workshop will examine the relationship between Prospero, the master, and those who serve him—Ariel, and, especially,
Caliban—as seen in The Tempest. Participants will discuss specific scenes in the play relative to the concepts of colonialism and
slavery, racism and prejudice; other texts and critical works will be brought into the discussion, including Aimé Césaire’s A
Tempest and Octave Mannoni’s Prospero and Caliban.                                                                [Upper School]

7. Where in the World is Cinderella?                                  Karen Eelman, Lucie McDermott, Marian Roche, Shipley School
In this workshop, teachers will explore some of the many versions of the Cinderella story in print around the world today. The
presenters will discuss a variety of ways to incorporate the books into literature lessons. A bibliography and packet of
classroom activities will be provided.                                          [Given at 5:00 p.m. session only; Lower School]

8. Innovation in Service Learning                                               Mary Beth Bongiovanni, Jeri Bond Whatley, Miquon School
                                                                 Paul Schultz and Jenny Baker, Charter HS for Architecture and Design
Learn The Design Process as it applies to problem-solving, research projects and critical thinking. Learn a new framework to
structure and amplify your students’ projects and hear about an innovative service learning model.                        [grades 5 to 12]

9. Keep Away: On the Perils and Potential of Bonding with Black Boys in Schools
                                                                                    Howard Stevenson, University of Pennsylvania
This presentation will focus on the issues of fear and the distancing from Black male youth in school settings. It will present
effective strategies for non-distancing, communication based on an understanding of the cultural nuances of language and
nonverbal behavior.                                                     [Given at 5:00 p.m. session only; Middle/Upper School]
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10. Understanding Islam Today Via Key Events                                            Roger Allen, University of Pennsylvania
This workshop will explain how key events in the past and their impact have a crucial importance for the way in which we try
to understand the motivations of the Muslim peoples.                 [Given at 5:00 p.m. session only; Middle/Upper School]

11. The 1001 (Arabian) Nights: A Tale of Two Tale Collections                             Roger Allen, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Allen will explain how so many of our images of the fabled “East” that comes from this world-famous collection are based on
a completely wrong understanding of its history, provenance and presumed audience.
                                                                                    [Given at 7:15 p.m. session only; Pre-K to 12]

12. Talking Class on Campus                                                                Zoe Greenberg, student, Springside School
In this workshop, participants will view Enough: A Kid’s Perspective, an 11-minute prize-winning film made by Springside student
Zoe Greenberg. The film will help start a conversation about what class is, why it matters, and what we can do about
inequality in the classroom.                                               [Given at 5:00 p.m. session only; Middle/Upper School]

13. The Calculus of Diversity                                                                 Kwesi Koomson, Westtown School
This workshop will offer some strategies on how to make math classes more fun and challenging through the incorporation of
diversity education, and how to get more minority students into higher level math classes and help them succeed there.
                                                                                                                  [Pre-K to 12]

14. Action Toolbox for Change                                                 Lisa Jo Epstein , Artistic Director, Gas & Electric Arts
This workshop will introduce participants to drama-based techniques for exploring human interaction, the roles we play in our
world, and the ways in which our choices impact us, particularly in relation to diversity, difference and privilege. No theater
experience is necessary, yet all will gain fresh, playful and practical tools for addressing pressing social, public and personal
concerns in the classroom and school environment.                                                             [Middle/Upper School]

15. Teaching Whiteness in the U. S. History Classroom                        Dave Salmanson, Jannell Collett, Springside School
Whiteness is created, not born. This workshop examines key moments as whiteness emerged and was maintained in U. S.
history with an eye toward how to implement this knowledge in a U. S. History classroom. Participants will also examine the
strengths and weaknesses of using the creation and maintenance of whiteness as an organizing principle in the U. S. History
curriculum.                                                         [Given at 7:15 p.m. session only; Middle/Upper School]

16. What Does Bias Look Like: Empowering Teachers to Make Good Decisions About Books
                                                                                             Donna Lindner, Agnes Irwin School
This workshop will offer participants the opportunity to learn how to recognize bias in children’s books and use that
information to make knowledgeable decisions about the materials they use in their classrooms. Participants will have an
opportunity to practice identifying bias in children’s books, and will leave the session with an extensive resource list and a
framework for identifying books that negatively sway children’s perceptions of the world.                      [Lower School]

17. Happy Hour: Good News from Classrooms for Character, Multicultural, and Peace Education
                         Sue Cannon, Episcopal Academy; Usha Balamore, Shipley School; Crissy Caceres, Abington Friends School
Join three passionate educators as they share what works in their classrooms for teaching character education, multicultural
education, and peace education. Bring your own ideas/handouts to share as teachers celebrate the good news in creating a
peaceful global community for and with our children.                                                                  [K to 12]

18. “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North”                                             Katrina Browne, Film Producer
Screening and discussion of the documentary “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North,” the story of ten family members’
journey to Rhode Island, Ghana and Cuba to retrace the route of their New England ancestors, the largest slave-trading family
in U. S. history. Come learn about this valuable tool for education on the history and legacy of slavery in the North, and for
professional development for teachers on issues of race and white privilege.                             [Middle/Upper School]

								
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