Available Workshops and Programs
WORKSHOPS are available as teacher professional development exercises, for presentation to service groups and at meetings for educators and human rights advocacy organizations, or as corporate employee training. These are highly interactive, and can be presented during minimum of two hours or expanded for a full day. Videoconference options are available.
Workshops can also be adapted for presentation directly to students, either in class or extra-curricular settings. Most require a minimum of two hours,
SCHOOL PROGRAMS provide teacher training and may include extensive classroom presence to complete a full informed action project, from the study of key Human Rights documents, through exploration of topic-specific resources and consultation with invited experts, through outreach projects involving local and, often, global participation.
Words Into Deeds workshops and classroom programs align with the College, Career and Civic Life C3 Framework for Social Studies https://www.socialstudies.org/c3, the 2011 InTASC Teaching Standards www.ccsso.org/Documents/2011/InTASC_Model_Core_Teaching_Standards_2011.pdf, and the NYS Common Core Standards for English Language, Arts and Literacy New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy. They are consistent with Critical Attributes recommended in the Danielson 2014-15 Rubric www.cfn107.org/uploads/6/1/9/2/6192492/danielson_2014-2015_rubric.pdf.
Expanded descriptions of these sets of guidelines and their correlations with Words Into Deeds workshop and program objectives are expanded HERE.
MEETING EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS
The data below are excerpted from documents used by education departments in many states, including New York, that recommend grade-appropriate curricula and criteria around Human Rights and citizenship skills.
College, Career, and Civic Life C3 Framework for SS Standards
The table below from this document outlines recommended expectations for students K-12.
Below are excerpts from this document; italics highlight congruence with the Words Into Deeds objectives.
- Appendix B: Psychology Companion Document
- As the scientific study of behavior and mental processes, psychology examines all aspects of the human experience. Many of society’s challenging issues involve human behavior, such as environmental change and the problems of violence, bullying, prejudice, and discrimination. Psychology contributes to the understanding of these issues, and promotes improvement in health and wellbeing. Psychological literacy is a foundation for civic engagement and is necessary for citizens to make informed decisions about their daily lives.
- Psychology prepares students to enter the workforce or college by promoting skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork.
- Appendix C: Sociology Companion Document
- Social phenomena are constructed through human interaction. Thus, sociological inquiry must examine what meanings people give to the behaviors, objects, and interactions that are present in each culture and society. It utilizes the scientific method, is based on critical thinking, and requires students to examine how they are influenced by their social positions. In this way, students learn how to effectively participate in a diverse and multicultural society, and develop a sense of personal and social responsibility.
- Explain how in-group and out-group membership influences the life chances of individuals and shapes societal norms and values.
- Appendix D: Anthropology Companion Document
- Because anthropology examines human experience around the world, it is attuned to global connections as well as local perspectives. Anthropologists examine the extent of globalization and its causes and consequences. For example, they study the movement of people, ideas and objects, and the causes and consequences of such movement, from the first human migration “out of Africa” to current diasporas. They consider the degree to which the global affects the local and vice versa, including debates about cultural homogenization and standardization. They bring together the global and local to consider perspectives on important world issues, including environmental conflict, global warming, wars, and nationalism. They consider human rights and the global justice movement and issues of cultural relativism, such as whether human rights should supersede local cultural rights.
- Appendix E Scholarly Rationale for the C3 Framework
- The importance of questions, problem solving spaces, economic thinking, investigate practices and problem solving, geographic thinking, historical thinking, civic-minded thinking, evidence + working collaboratively + civic engagement to show socio-cultural understanding,
- These disciplined ways of thinking are also ways of learning. As such, they are crucial in preparing young people for lives as engaged and active citizens. Now more than ever, students need the intellectual power to recognize societal problems; ask good questions and develop robust investigations into them; consider possible solutions and consequences; separate evidence-based claims from parochial opinions; and communicate and act upon what they learn. And most importantly, they must possess the capability and commitment to repeat that process as long as is necessary. Young people need strong tools for, and methods of, clear and disciplined thinking in order to traverse successfully the worlds of college, career, and civic life.
New York State Standards
General SS Practices, K-12
Gathering, Interpreting and Using Evidence
Chronological Reasoning and Causation
Comparison and Contextualization
Economics and Economic Systems
ELA Skills Integration
Reading Standards for Literacy
Cite sources for central ideas, including visual information
Identify author’s point of view
Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
Informed evidence- based arguments and claims
Build on self-questioning, acquired knowledge
Distribute refined organized final versions
Standards for Speaking and Listening
Converse and collaborate with diverse partners in diverse settings
Integrate and evaluate multiple media formats
Present Knowledge and Ideas
Use media to present findings appropriately for an audience
Demonstrate command of reasoning and language use
SS Grade 12
Participation in Government and Civics
Foundations of American Democracy
Civil Rights and Civil Responsibilities
Rights, Responsibilities, and Duties of Citizenship
Political and Civic Participation
Danielson 2014-15 Rubric: Critical Attributes
Domain #1: Demonstrating Knowledge of Content and Pedagogy
…they must know how the discipline has evolved into the 21st century, incorporating issues such as global awareness and cultural diversity.
…knowing which concepts and skills are prerequisite to the understanding of others.
- The teacher cites intra- and interdisciplinary content relationships.
- Activities permit student choice. • Learning experiences connect to other disciplines
Domain #2: Classroom Environment
…foster respectful interactions with and among students, ensuring that students find the classroom a safe place to take intellectual risks.
…belief that hard work will result in higher levels of learning.
…respectful of students’ dignity.
- Students participate without fear of put-downs or ridicule from either the teacher or other students
Domain #3: Questioning and Discussion
…questions, framed in such a way that they invite students to formulate hypotheses, make connections, or challenge previously held views.
…questions encourage students to make connections among concepts or events previously believed to be unrelated and to arrive at new understandings of complex material.
- (Virtually) all students are engaged in the discussion.
Released in 2016, Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admissions https://mcc.gse.harvard.edu/collegeadmissions recommends expanding college admissions criteria to include outreach projects that emphasize ethical engagement in community service, skills in collective action, meaningful experiences with diversity, and acquiring a sense of responsibility for the future.
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