9/11 Teacher Workshop in NYC

NY_NYTMore than a third of the world watched the events of Sept. 11, 2001, unfold in real time. What were the challenges in reporting on such a traumatic event? How do you help students discern reliable sources of news? How do you talk about 9/11 with your students?

At a  two-day professional development workshop on July 7-8 in New York City, participants will discuss how to teach 9/11 in the classroom, explore the ethical challenges for journalists covering a catastrophe, and tour the 9/11 Tribute Center and 9/11 Memorial with journalists who covered the tragic events. The workshop, hosted by the 9/11 Tribute Center, will include presentations by staff of the Newseum Education Department and Facing History and Ourselves.

The 9/11 Tribute Center workshop is recommended for middle and high school teachers in English-language arts, history and social studies. Participants will receive a certificate of completion valued at 12 hours of PD credit and a resource folder to help build classroom lessons. The $50 fee includes lunch both days.

Newseum Resources:

If you are not able to attend the workshop, the Newseum offers an on-site class called Covering a Catastrophe, which is free to visiting schools groups. More information on the class, as well as others, can be found on the Newseum website.

In addition, the Education Department builds on this theme in our next Digital Classroom module, tentatively titled Freedom in the Balance: Security, Diversity and the First Amendment. This module responds to the challenges the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks brought to the fore of U.S conversation by exploring First Amendment conflict and controversy through the lenses of history, media literacy and civics. The module is set to launch in March 2016; a preview with case studies and primary sources will be shared in time for the 14th anniversary this September.

The new learning module will provide the tools to help students and teachers join the debate and create meaningful, positive change. Using the Newseum’s collection of newspapers from the 15th century to today as a starting point, students will be able to:

  • Discover the challenges of interpreting primary sources and telling controversial/contested stories from our history.
  • Analyze the role of the press in creating interpretations of conflict and shaping the public’s perception of minorities/marginalized communities.
  • Take opposed yet informed positions in debate, then navigate toward compromise.

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