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Teachers of grades 6-12 are invited to participate in a new workshop, Positive Lessons from Difficult History: Exploring Themes and Methods of Teaching about 1960s Civil Unrest at The New Jersey Historical Society, 52 Park Place, Newark, on Wednesday, November 10, 2004 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The workshop, led by Guest Educator Peter Nelson, Regional Director of New York Office, Facing History and Ourselves, costs $25 and includes a light breakfast and lunch. Participants will be awarded a certificate for NJDOE credit hours at the conclusion of the workshop.

Registration is required and can be made by calling Claudia Ocello in the NJHS Education Department at 973-596-8500 x237.

In this participatory workshop, join Peter Nelson in thinking through new ways to teach students about civil unrest and connect it to the present to encourage them to make positive choices. In conjunction with the Historical Society’s upcoming exhibition Contested Memories, explore how to use various sources to teach difficult subjects, find meaning in the past, and encourage positive civic engagement by students.

The New Jersey Historical Society, the oldest cultural institution in New Jersey, is a state-wide, private, nonprofit historical museum, library and archives dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the rich and intricate political, social, cultural and economic history of New Jersey to the broadest possible audiences.

For more than 27 years, Facing History and Ourselves has engaged teachers and students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. By studying the historical development of examples of collective violence, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.

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