The Center for Jewish History is pleased to announce the 2002-3 workshops for middle and high school teachers of Social Studies and Literature. The 2-hour workshops are free and held at the Center for Jewish History (between 5th and 6th Avenues) Workshops are recognized by the Board of Education of New York City for new teachers accreditation. We would appreciate your sharing this information with your colleagues.
A Case Study in Immigrant America
Wednesday, October 16, 2002, 4pm-6pm
Wednesday, February 12, 2003, 4pm-6pm
Family History as American History
Wednesday, December 11, 2002, 4pm-6pm
Wednesday, January 8, 2003, 4pm-6pm
A Case Study in Immigrant America: Teachers will learn how to connect materials relating to a specific immigrant group to broad themes in American history. This workshop will demonstrate how to impart skills such as defining primary sources; identifying and locating primary sources for a specific topic; and using primary sources to reconstruct history, through examining a specific immigrant group, Eastern European Jews. A primary goal of this workshop will thus be to demonstrate the usefulness of the case study approach in teaching broad themes in American history, such as mass immigration.
Family History as American History: Teachers will learn how to use studentsí family histories to explore broad themes in American history, such as immigration, labor and work life, gender roles, and diversity. Conducting family history research through oral history interviews, examining photographs and household objects, and researching genealogical documents is an exciting and accessible way to introduce students to methods of historical investigation as well as to specific topics in American history. At the same time, family history can be a complex and sensitive topic, due to divorce, adoption, and other factors. In this workshop, teachers will learn the basic steps of family history research, how to teach those steps to their students, and how to share stories of family history in the classroom in a sensitive and stimulating manner.
The workshops will be taught by Rachel Fisher, Ph.D., Director of the Genealogy Institute of the Center for Jewish History and Jane Rothstein, Ph.D. candidate in American Jewish History at NYU and History Instructor for the Samberg Family History Program of the Center for Jewish History.
Genealogy Institute, Center for Jewish History
15 W 16th St.,NY, NY 10011
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