SAA 2017 Additional Details

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Morning Workshops
Choose from three simultaneous workshops
You don’t have to pick a workshop when you register.  As the event approaches, we’ll send registrants an email asking their workshop preferences.

Workshop #1 – Teaching the Holocaust: digitally recovering the victims’ voice and challenging student assumptions through primary sources
Location TBD (morning workshop timeslot)
Live Notes document » (available day-of)
This workshop will explore Experiencing History: Jewish Perspectives on the Holocaust — an innovative digital resource tool that features contextualized annotated and translated Jewish primary sources — as a platform for active student learning and engagement around the teaching of difficult histories. Rather than predetermining a “lesson” that any given students should learn — or providing a prefabricated lesson plan from which an instructor should teach — this tool leverages the digital medium in order to show students how complex and messy these sources — and the motivations of the people who created them — can be. Our initial data—culled from the tool’s 2017-2018 beta launch—demonstrates the type of critical thinking that this type of tool instigates.  Leah Wolfson and Emil Kerenji will discuss these initial findings while inviting the audience to think with us about the questions and issues raised by teaching this material in this way and at this time to a new generation of students, teachers, and scholars.

Workshop #2 – Local Connections: Brooklyn Connections Approach
Location TBD (morning workshop timeslot)
Live Notes document » (available day-of)
Brooklyn Connections is the award-winning school outreach arm of Brooklyn Public Library’s local history archive, the Brooklyn Collection. Our mission is to serve Brooklyn schools, educators and students by using archival education to cultivate 21st century learning skills through the lens of local Brooklyn history. Our signature partnership program offers classes rare access to original archival materials while completing a customized, standards-based project. In addition, Brooklyn Connections supports educators and students through professional development workshops, after-school visits and a plethora of online resources, including archival material and applicable lessons. Brooklyn Connections is the 2016 recipient of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York’s Award for Educational Use of Archives.  Program Manager Kaitlin Holt will provide a brief introduction to the program with an emphasis on sample activities the program has employed with their audiences.

Workshop #3 – Teaching Social Justice through Visual Art
Location TBD (morning workshop timeslot)
Live Notes document » (available day-of)
Educators and students across grades and disciplines are increasingly integrating social justice and racial equity into their courses. How can art museums participate in this process? This workshop explores how visual art and art museums support critical thinking and conversation about race and social justice. Join Hana Layson, Manager of School and Educator Programs, for a discussion of teaching strategies and resources developed at the Portland Art Museum. Along the way, we’ll hone our close-looking skills, consider artwork as a primary source, and share experiences across cultural institutions. (Workshop may include time in the galleries.)