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March 11, 2022

2022 Virtual Conference: Free Webinars on Current Events, History and Media Literacy

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How can you help students make sense of the world around them, contextualize the present by building background knowledge of the past, and become media literate?

Join us for these free, for-credit webinars covering topics such as book banning, civil discourse, tackling misinformation, the Constitution and the 14th Amendment, or using film to teach the Holocaust, and more. 

Register for one or all of the sessions on current events, history and media literacy or find out more about these great sessions.

Randi Weingarten

Keynote: The State of Public Education 2022

March 21 at 6 p.m. EDT | PreK-12
AFT President Randi Weingarten
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Join this special welcome session for an important update on the state of public education and help us kick off the Virtual Conference 2022. It’s also the last day to enter the self-care giveaway.

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Unladylike2020: Women History Makers webinar photo

Unladylike2020: Women History Makers

March 22 at 1 p.m. EDT | Grades 6-12
UNLADYLIKE2020

The documentary series UNLADYLIKE2020 presents the stories of women history makers in an innovative and captivating way utilizing animation, fast-paced editing and contemporary music, dramatizing how women have been active agents in history. In this webinar, we will introduce the series, talk about the benefit of the multimedia experience for learning, and screen a short film about Queen Lili’uokalani, the first and last sovereign queen of Hawaii. We will also discuss the supporting classroom resources that are aligned to history standards and available in English and Spanish.

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Teaching Media Literacy in the Time of Misinformation

Teaching Media Literacy in the Time of Misinformation

March 22 at 2 p.m. EDT | Grades 6-12
NewsGuard

In an era rife with misinformation, a student's best protection is a strong set of media literacy skills. In this interactive session, NewsGuard, a company that fights misinformation by rating news sources, will discuss the tactics and trends employed by those who spread misinformation. Attendees will learn practical strategies to equip their students with the skills to spot misinformation and evaluate the credibility of online content. Together, we can help students become savvy consumers of news—a skill that will serve them for a lifetime.

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Global Civics Gaming: Why Foreign Policy Matters

Global Civics Gaming: Why Foreign Policy Matters

March 22 at 4 p.m. EDT | Grades 6-12
iCivics and the Council on Foreign Relations

Global tensions are rising in Europe, climate change threatens dire consequences, and the COVID-19 pandemic is entering its third year. There is perhaps no more important time for students to build an understanding of our interconnected world and how policy decisions made in the U.S. affect other countries. Teaching global civics right now will equip your students to consider: What is the United States’ role in the world? Why does the world matter? How can leaders balance U.S. needs with those of other countries? How are global civics related to domestic civics? Join iCivics and the Council on Foreign Relations for a panel discussion that will engage teachers and experts on foreign policy to answer these questions and talk about how students are using a new digital game to learn about U.S. foreign policy.

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Fostering Empathy: Teaching Refugee Stories via Graphic Novels

Fostering Empathy: Teaching Refugee Stories via Graphic Novels

March 22 at 5 p.m. EDT | K-12
Immigrant Learning Center

Thousands of Afghan and other refugees are being resettled across the U.S. Join the Immigrant Learning Center in this session to learn how to elevate refugee students’ experiences and gain strategies for using graphic novels as teaching tools in the classroom. Using a graphic novel about a family of Syrian refugees, we will model a culturally responsive, trauma-informed approach to storytelling that centers on students’ experiences.

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teachersunify

Keynote: Teachers Unify to End Gun Violence

March 23 at 6 p.m. EDT | PreK-12
AFT members Abbey Clements, Sarah Lerner and Sari Beth Rosenberg

Gun violence affects educators, students, families, classrooms, districts and communities all across the country, every single day. After the Oxford High School shooting in Michigan on Nov. 30, 2021, three AFT members—Abbey Clements, Sarah Lerner and Sari Beth Rosenberg—were trying to process the horror of yet another horrendous tragedy in a group text. Outraged with the frequency and acceptance of gun violence in all its forms, they decided to launch a national organization, Teachers Unify to End Gun Violence, whose mission is to elevate the stories we don’t hear about—the ripple effects and aftermath; to support school communities impacted by gun violence; and to raise our collective voices, as those on the frontlines of this public health crisis, for cultural and legislative change. Learn about their journey and how you can get involved.
 

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Modeling Media Integration with PBS LearningMedia

Modeling Media Integration with PBS LearningMedia

March 22 at 7 p.m. | PreK-12
PBS LearningMedia

In these ever changing times, we need to keep students consistently engaged. Join the PBS LearningMedia team for fun, unique ways to use media to keep your students engaged and learning. You will walk away with (hopefully) a couple laughs, lots of free educator-approved resources and a better understanding of how you can use PBSLM in your classroom.

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Final Account: Teaching the Holocaust, Complicity, Propaganda and Responsibility

Final Account: Teaching the Holocaust, Complicity, Propaganda and Responsibility

March 22 at 8 p.m. EDT | Grades 9-12
USC Shoah Foundation

In 2008, British filmmaker Luke Holland began interviewing Germans and Austrians who were former members of the Nazi Party and the SS. More than 10 years later, he created the documentary film Final Account, composed of a selection from the more than 250 interviews he had conducted. In partnership with Focus Features and Participant, the USC Shoah Foundation incorporated clips of the film into its IWitness educational platform to create a landmark use of perpetrator interviews for educators and students worldwide. Especially as heightened antisemitism and outright denial of facts concerning the Holocaust become more commonplace, this program opens up classrooms to new, vital questions about complicity, propaganda and responsibility. This session will include a short clip from the film as well as an overview of the free resources available to educators.

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How Journalists Have Covered The People's Fight for Justice in U.S. History

How Journalists Have Covered the People's Fight for Justice in U.S. History

March 23 at 3 p.m. EDT | Grades 6-12
PBS NewsHour Classroom

Join PBS NewsHour Classroom to discuss how to use primary sources and how to analyze primary sources from its website Journalism in Action. The site provides students with an inquiry-based examination of the history of journalism in the U.S. and explores the role of the First Amendment and freedom of the press in America. Through various creative and fun interactive tools, students will learn how real people fought for social justice and how the news media covered their stories. 

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Civics at the Elementary Level: Using Music and Cartoons to Deepen Understanding

Civics at the Elementary Level: Using Music and Cartoons to Deepen Understanding

March 23 at 7 p.m. EDT | Grades 3-5
Gale Sookdeo and Lashawn D. Jefferies

Join the UFT Teacher Center to learn about instructional approaches designed to introduce civics to grades 3-5. Attendees will learn about using music and cartoons to engage and deepen students’ understanding of basic terms or concepts in civics education.

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Deliberation vs. Debate: The Case for a Consensus-Driven Approach to Teaching Controversial Issues

Deliberation vs. Debate: The Case for a Consensus-Driven Approach to Teaching Controversial Issues

March 24 at 1 p.m. EDT | Grades 6-12
Close Up Foundation

Traditionally, informed debate has been the way that students are asked to unpack controversial issues and apply their argumentative skills. However, as an adversarial process, does debate actually cement or even worsen partisanship and disagreement? Join the Close Up Foundation for insightful information on how, based on 50 years of instructional practice and data-driven techniques, structured deliberation and a consensus-based approach may be the better answer for educators and administrators aiming to address the pressing issues of modern life without amplifying partisan divides and potential repercussions.
 

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Picture Books Can Help Teach Tough Historical and Current Events

Picture Books Can Help Teach Tough Historical and Current Events

March 24 at 2 p.m. EDT | K-12
ADL

Picture books can play a powerful role in children’s lives. The images and words convey a compelling story and message that have the potential to leave lasting impressions. In recent years, there’s been an explosion of children’s books about identity, diversity and social justice. Join ADL for an engaging webinar on how books can be used to kick off a social studies unit, provide the groundwork for both historical and literary analysis, build empathy and identify questions for further research

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banned books

Banned Books: Building Skills for Civic Action and Civil Debate

March 24 at 3 p.m. EDT | K-12
Common Sense Education

How do you teach your kids to stand up for their beliefs, but keep their actions civil? Students will have strong views about banned books, but it is up to educators and parents to guide these conversations. This session demonstrates the thinking routines and media literacy skills used to debate controversial issues. Learn how to encourage critical thinkers who engage with civility.
 

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The Constitution and Reconstruction: The 14th Amendment Throughout History

The Constitution and Reconstruction: The 14th Amendment Throughout History

March 24 at 4 p.m. EDT | Grades 6-12
National Constitution Center

Join us to explore the complex history of the Reconstruction era and evaluate how the story has been told. This session will also examine the benefits of and methods behind using storytelling to establish the historical foundations necessary to understand the 14th Amendment. Participants will gain insight into storytelling choices so they can present complex history that fosters discussion.
 

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Keynote: Freedom to Teach Honestly webinar

Keynote: Freedom to Teach Honestly

March 24 at 5 p.m. EDT | PreK-12
Jahana Hayes

Today’s political climate has become yet another barrier to teachers doing their jobs. Despite Americans overwhelmingly opposing book bans and supporting honest history being taught in public schools, some states are working to ban books and limit what is taught. Teachers are being scared into silence, and students are watching as they and their communities are being ignored. Featuring U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes; CEO of PEN America, Suzanne Nossel; Organizing Director of Red Wine & Blue, Julie Womack; and facilitated by AFT Secretary-Treasurer, Fedrick Ingram, this session will be an open discussion on the importance of teaching honest history and affirming students’ identities, and how to teach honestly in such polarized times.

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Summer of Soul: Celebrating Black History Through Music and Film webinar

Summer of Soul: Celebrating Black History Through Music and Film

March 24 at 6 p.m. EDT | Grades 6-12
Journeys in Film

Join Journeys in Film for this exciting panel discussion about teaching the critically acclaimed, Oscar-nominated documentary Summer of Soul (.. .Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised). Directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Summer of Soul is a powerful, transporting film about the Harlem Cultural Festival of 1969 featuring performances by Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more.

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