This September, I'll be facilitating an online workshop on theories of walking and designing a basic walk for the Brooklyn-based The Minor Collective. I've known Kass Minor for many years from our shared time at the Teachers College Inclusive Classrooms Project. Kass had the brilliant idea to bring educators together with expertise on outdoor learning to provide practical tools for using the outdoors as a safe and generative way of learning during the pandemic.
The workshops include:
Here's my workshop description:
Designing Walking Tours for Observation and Discovery
How can an ordinary walk become an opportunity for observation and discovery? Michel de Certeau explains that to walk is to “make use of spaces that cannot be seen." Rebecca Solnit writes that walking is a “state in which the mind, the body, and the world are aligned.” In this course, participants will get an introduction to the foundational principles of a walking practice. These ideas will be complemented by case studies of educators who use walking as a pedagogical technique to uncover neighborhood histories and investigate our shared relationships with place. Finally, educators will learn how to design a walking tour for their classrooms and contexts, engaging walking as a lively, accessible format for thinking and feeling.
Register by September 6th. Tickets are on a sliding scale: $45-200.
This volume explores the shifting tides of how political violence is memorialized in today's decentralized, digital era. The book enhances our understanding of how the digital turn is changing the ways that we remember, interpret, and memorialize the past. It also raises practical and ethical questions of how we should utilize these tools and study their impacts.
Cases covered include memorialization efforts related to the genocides in Rwanda, Cambodia, Europe (the Holocaust), and Armenia; to non-genocidal violence in Haiti, and the Portuguese Colonial War on the African Continent; and of the September 11 attacks on the United States.
This edited volume will be released in July 2020 and includes my chapter, "Teaching and learning in virtual places of exception: Gone GITMO and the Guantánamo Bay Museum of Art and History."
WHO TELLS YOUR STORY? / LIBRARY OF CONGRESS' TEACHING WITH PRIMARY SOURCES EASTERN REGION CONFERENCE
A Library of Congress-funded project, Teachers Teaching Teachers: Primary Source Responses to 9/11, determined how 2019 participation in 9/11 professional learning experiences—a pre-grant activity—impacted in-service teachers’ classroom practice. This investigation involved reviewing lesson plans which use primary sources and 9/11 museum artifacts from the ten selected teachers. Selected teacher leaders showcased their lesson plans on March 5, 2020, in New York City.
The lesson plans will be stored on the Library of Congress' Teaching with Primary Sources Teacher’s Network and the Gotham Center for New York History sites. This will enable wide dissemination of 9/11 lesson plans so the 9/11 attacks receive greater emphasis in the classroom curriculum.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 @ 12:45pm
We’re All in This Together: A Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Anthology of Collaboration
With Elise Langan, Bronx Community College, Cathlin Goulding, Hunter College, City University of New York, and Julie Mauer, Gotham Center for New York History.
This workshop has been moved to an online learning module due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a self-paced, open-access workshop. You can browse the readings, attempt some of the exercises, download and modify citizen design tools, and post some of your own work. Share your designs on social media by tagging #NCPH2020 #w9.