K-12 Human Rights Education at the Dodd Center
Teacher Workshop: Using Video to Protect & Understand Human Rights
Saturday, May 3, 2014
9:00AM – 5:00PM
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Workshop is free of charge and open to both pre-service and in-service teachers of all grades and content areas. Workshop examples and tools will be most appropriate to Language Arts, Social Studies, Arts, and Technology instructors at the middle and high school level.
As part of an ongoing initiative to promote Human Rights Education in K-12 classrooms, the Dodd Center has partnered with the leading video advocacy organization WITNESS to develop resources for classroom teachers. This one-day workshop will provide participants with tools to facilitate both the effective utilization of films and videos to illustrate human rights concepts, violations, and advocacy, and the engagement of students in the production of videos as a form of inquiry-based human rights learning.
The workshop will consist of a review of human rights education concepts and standards, an introduction to WITNESS’ video advocacy methodology and online resources and guides, production techniques and best practices, and examples of video advocacy campaigns most relevant to students. Participants will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with key concepts of using video for advocacy, practice basic camera skills and to develop specific lessons appropriate to their content area and grade level. Resulting lessons will help meet curricular goals in media and technological literacy, arts and cultural appreciation, citizenship and law, and history and current events. This workshop will be particularly helpful in providing resources for the development collaborative, student-directed projects for active learning around human rights issues.
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