Capital District Council for the Social Studies (Albany, NY)
A Facing History approach involves engaging students in difficult, relevant conversations about identity, community, history, and current events. These discussions can provide both an opportunity and a challenge for teachers. Join us for a webinar that will equip teachers with the tools to help students disagree respectfully. The webinar will explore strategies for how to manage emotion while discussing unfolding news stories, all the while making important connections to history.
Renee Harleston is a Program Specialist at Facing History and Ourselves, Renee support educators and the New York FHAO staff to facilitate meaningful professional development events in the region and online. Renee joined Facing History after working two years as museum educator, focusing on the history of immigrants in New York City, where she learned the power of learning empathy through history. Renee is published short story author and lives in Brooklyn.
Katie Leo is a program associate at Facing History and Ourselves, primarily working with schools in the five boroughs of NYC. In her current position, Katie supports educators as they create supportive academic environments where students learn to make ethical decisions with courage and conviction. Prior to joining the staff of FHAO, Katie served as a high school teacher for 11 years, where she taught classes on nonviolence, current events and the Civil Rights Movement. In 2017, Katie received a Margot Stern Strom teaching award from FHAO which allowed her to bring students on a study trip to the South to visit some of the major sites of the Civil Rights Movement. Katie lives in Brooklyn, NY with her family.
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