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Ten years after 9/11 - what's your school doing?
Thursday, July 7, 2011 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (BST)
Agenda – morning sessions Did September 11th Change the World? And does everyone know it? Have you seen the news? Helping students to critically evaluate information What story shall I tell? Dealing with sensitive, controversial and topical issues Agenda – afternoon sessions The Art of Asking (and answering) “My Dad says that America bombed themselves” – Conspiracy theories and myth busting Speakers Andy Pring Ali Jaffer Verity Coyle Catherine Bruton – Author of We Can Be Heroes *****
Keynote speaker Verity Coyle will talk to participants about the global and lasting impact of September 11th to a backdrop of young people telling us what September 11th means to them.
Participants examine a range of sources that are likely to be accessed by young people and establish criteria for assessing ‘truth’. This will be done using resources from the time of September 11th and since, demonstrating how we can challenge students in helping them to become more media literate.
Using Human Rights as a framework for approaching 9/11, participants will examine how schools can provide safe spaces for young people to openly discuss issues that concern them and identify teaching strategies that help to promote this.
Participants will examine ways of handling difficult and controversial questions from young people. They will be provided with guidance on getting external speakers into school and methods of using them effectively. Two speakers will provide a personal perspective on the legacy of 9/11.
Using classroom methods, participants will examine the facts and myths surrounding September 11th and increase their knowledge on this issue in order to be better able to answer the questions and suggestions of young people.
Andy Pring is a Christian and studied Theology at Birmingham University, before going on to gain a Masters degree in Islamic Studies from the same university. He has been running in interfaith youth activities in London for the past four years, during which time he has spoken regularly for the Three Faiths Forum.
Ali is currently in his final year at Roehampton University studying Theology and Religion. In his first year he was invited to the House of Commons and assigned as a Rapporteur for the South Asia and Middle East Forum titled: “Afghanistan, Looking to the Future 2008.” Ali works with the Three Faiths Forum as a trained speaker and facilitator in schools.
Verity joined Amnesty in 2004 and spent 5 years working as the student manager, supporting over 100 active societies at HE and FE campuses throughout the UK. In 2009, she became Burma campaign manager and this year moved onto leading the Security with Human Rights campaign.
After graduating from Oxford, Catherine Bruton began her career as an English teacher and later went on to be features writer for the Times, among other publications. She started writing fiction while teaching at a school in Africa. She still teachers, and her pupils continue to be one of her main sources of inspiration.
Agenda – morning sessions
Did September 11th Change the World? And does everyone know it?
Have you seen the news? Helping students to critically evaluate information
What story shall I tell? Dealing with sensitive, controversial and topical issues
Agenda – afternoon sessions
The Art of Asking (and answering)
“My Dad says that America bombed themselves” – Conspiracy theories and myth busting
Catherine Bruton – Author of We Can Be Heroes
This CPD day will equip teachers with the skills and confidence to facilitate constructive dialogue and critical engagement with the issues raised by the anniversary of September 11th.
Terrorism, justice, the role of the media, human rights, truth, religion, torture…in September, all of these issues will be at the forefront of national coverage of the ten year anniversary.
Are you equipped to help your pupils make sense of these?
Do you know the facts from the fiction?
Do you know how to deal with difficult questions?
Do you know who might be available to come and speak to your pupils?
"Ten years ago, a plane crashed into the twin towers in America,
and the world changed."
The CPD will cover teaching approaches and techniques to enable pupils to engage critically and thoughtfully with the controversial, sensitive and topical issues raised by this anniversary.
Specifically the CPD looks at:
• Community and cultural cohesion
• Religious extremism
• Stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination
• Conspiracy theories
• The role of the media
• Human rights
At the end of the day, teachers will have the confidence to:
• Facilitate pupil learning and engagement with controversial issues
• Enable pupils to critically evaluate the sources of the information they receive
• Provide pupils with opportunities to explore alternative viewpoints and perspectives
The very modest cost includes buffet lunch, refreshments and access to a wide range of innovative and practical classroom resources.
These three organisations have come together to deliver this event for teachers.
Amnesty International is a campaigning organisation. Their purpose is to protect people wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied.
Association for Citizenship Teaching is a membership organisation supporting teachers and schools in delivering Citizenship education.
Three Faiths Forum aims to build lasting relationships between people of different faiths (and those of non-religious beliefs), to achieve a society where religious and cultural differences can co-exist through empathy, respect and engagement; and to encourage friendship, goodwill and understanding, especially between Muslims, Christians and Jews.
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