Thanks to a generous grant from Annenberg Learner, the Newseum is excited to offer a free open-enrollment professional development opportunity for middle and high school teachers, librarians and media resource specialists. The event at the Newseum will include NewseumED’s hands-on “The Third Rail: Teaching Controversial Content” workshop, a guided tour of the newly opened “Annenberg Space for Photography’s REFUGEE” exhibit, lunch and time to explore the museum on your own. This extended workshop includes tools and strategies from Annenberg Learner. Participants will receive a certificate of completion, a resource bag and a tutorial on using the NewseumED.org and Learner.org websites.
How can you present First Amendment flashpoints – ranging from hate speech to religious discrimination – in a way that ignites positive discourse in a comfortable classroom environment? Our case-study approach provides a safe entry point for students to safely, respectfully and productively debate provocative and polarizing issues in the news and on their minds. Using inquiry-based teaching strategies, including promoting different opinions and adapting evidence to build a viewpoint, participants experience a case study on immigration and refugee issues, then learn how to write their own case study on a compelling topic. Leave with a ready-to-implement activity for your students and NewseumED resources to help students identify and debate key issues in immigration and refugee issues.