L.A. Schools and The Genocide
Education Project Invite Teachers to March Workshop
Leaders ask community to
urge teachers to attend
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Genocide
Education Project and the Los Angeles Unified School District
will provide a two-day workshop for public high school history
teachers on Saturday, March 12th and 26th. District
officials and workshop leaders are urging community members to
bring this exceptional opportunity to the attention of their
"We ask everyone who supports the
expansion of education on the Armenian Genocide to urge the
teachers and administrators they're acquainted with to take
advantage of this unique offer," said Raffi Momjian, Executive
Director for The Genocide Education Project. "Each teacher at
the workshop translates into dozens of students per year gaining
a basic understanding of the first genocide of the 20th century
and its aftermath."
Teachers attending the optional
workshop will receive credit points towards an increase in their
salaries. The workshop registration deadline is March 10th
(see below for registration info.) The professional training
will introduce print, video, and web-based approaches to
teaching about the victimization of Armenians in the Ottoman
Empire during WWI and how it became the archetype for other
genocides of the 20th century.
"We'll provide all the materials
and ongoing guidance teachers need to teach about the Armenian
Genocide and how it relates to subsequent genocides and
important current events," said Momjian. "The background and
lessons we'll present will allow teachers to immediately
incorporate the Armenian Genocide into their World History
courses as mandated by the state."
The Genocide Education Project’s
Educational Director Sara Cohan will lead the workshop, which
includes presentations by Armenian History scholar Professor
Richard Hovanissian to provide the historical context; Ms. Kay
Mouradian, author and educator, will share her personal family
experience; Facing History and Ourselves will present ways to
improve teacher effectiveness in the classroom when teaching
about such human rights topics.
The packet of lesson plans
teachers will receive at the workshop also helps them fulfill
the requirements for several other related topics of
California's World History curriculum standards. The workshop
participants will explore the history of genocide, genocide
examples and common characteristics, the stages of genocide, and
will review the fundamental structure of all genocides.
Although California requires
instruction on the Armenian Genocide, many educators do not have
the background and tools to effectively teach this history. The
Los Angeles Unified School District has teamed up with The
Genocide Education Project to better ensure that this
expectation is met.
"We urge supporters of this effort
to personally reach out to high school history teachers,
encouraging them to attend," said Momjian. "The more that
attend, the faster we can equip the entire district's 350+
history teaching force with this important training."
For more information and
email@example.com or call (415) 264-4203.
Registration will end at the
close of business on Thursday, March 10. Educators who attend
will receive a "salary point" from the Los Angeles Unified
School District for completion of this class, resource books,
handouts, lesson plan ideas, a DVD containing a 5-min ABC News
story on the Armenian Genocide, and an opportunity to learn
about the Armenian Genocide from experts in the field.
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.