Genocide Education Project Reaches Hundreds Of Teachers At
DC - The Genocide Education Project expanded on its
participation in the annual conference of the National Council
for the Social Studies (NCSS), which took place November 30th through
December 3rd in Washington, DC. The Genocide Education Project
drew more than 700 educators to its information booth,
disseminating new and varied instructional materials about the
Armenian Genocide. Education Director, Sara Cohan, conducted a
workshop on "Exploring the Impact of the Armenian Genocide,"
incorporating genocide survivor photographs and testimony. In
addition, Cohan conducted
a one-day teaching "clinic" entitled, "Teaching Genocide in the
Age of Genocide," in collaboration with the United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum, Facing History and Ourselves and the
Choices Program at Brown University.
Sara Cohan, The
Genocide Education Project's Education Director,
collaborating with educators at NCSS 2006 booth
This year's hallmark conference
for social studies educators drew approximately 4500 educators
from around the country. The Genocide Education Project's
booth distributed information and guides about teaching the
Armenian Genocide in the classroom and collected educators'
contact information to keep them informed about future projects
and teacher training workshops it conducts and to update them
about the various teaching resources it develops.
After working together for the
past year to organize the one-day clinic "Teaching Genocide in
the Age of Genocide," The Genocide Education Project led a team
of educators from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,
Facing History and Ourselves, and the Choices Program at Brown
University, providing an approach to genocide education which
considers causes, methods, parallel events, individual
responsibility, and prevention.
"Having the opportunity to work
with educational organizations who share a common mission was
exhilarating" commented The Genocide Education Project's
Executive Director, Raffi Momjian. He continued, "The result was
exactly what we had hoped for—teachers attending our
presentations received a solid introduction to the subject of
genocide education and based on their post-clinic comments, are
ready to explore the subject with their students."
The Genocide Education Project
also was selected to present a one-hour workshop, "Exploring the
Impact of the Armenian Genocide through Contemporary Photographs
and Survivor Testimony." Using a lesson plan developed by The
Genocide Education Project, based on the iWitness photograph
exhibit by Levon Parian and Ara Oshagan, teachers modeled
classroom activities using photographs and testimony of
survivors of the Armenian Genocide in order to better understand
the impact of genocide.
Next year's NCSS Annual Conference
will be held in San Diego, California. The Genocide Education
Project is looking forward to continuing its outreach at this
and other conferences, working directly with educators,
providing them with innovative teaching material on the Armenian
Genocide and professional development opportunities to engage
with colleagues on the subject.
The Genocide Education
Project is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization that
assists educators in teaching about human rights and genocide,
particularly the Armenian Genocide, by developing and
distributing instructional materials, providing access to
teaching resources and organizing educational workshops.