Hosted by: Institute for Middle East Studies at The George Washington University
In this one-day workshop, teachers will learn specific teaching strategies to engage contentious subjects in the classroom through inquiry-based learning activities led by pedagogy experts. Using a current affairs topic in Middle East studies, teachers will participate in a classroom simulation led by Avram Barlowe and Nell Hirschmann-Levy.
Barlowe is a social studies teacher at Urban Academy Laboratory High School in New York and author of Looking For An Argument?: An Inquiry Course at Urban Academy Laboratory High School, as well as Teaching American History: An Inquiry Approach.
Nell Hirschmann-Levy spent years developing and implementing inquiry-based social studies curricula for all high school grade levels. She taught at Urban Academy Laboratory High School in New York City and her classes included Revolting Women (a U.S.-based history class looking at the role of women in revolutionary change); Are You Sure?: The World of Gender, Sex, and Identity; What’s Happening? (a current events class); Intro to the History of Sexuality in America (1890s-1970s).