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2023 Day of Learning: Teaching about Genocide

June 27th, 2023 | All sessions will be virtual on Zoom | Register for one or multiple sessions 

Up to 5 clock hours for Washington State teachers. PD Enroller link forthcoming.

The Day of Learning will provide teachers with an opportunity to explore topics about genocide, focusing on those in Rwanda and Cambodia.  Attendees will gain in-depth and practical ideas and activities that can be easily implemented in the classroom.

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Schedule (Pacific Time)

9:00-9:55am | Teaching about Genocide: Practical Frameworks and Lessons 

Presenter: Branda Anderson, Holocaust Center for Humanity

The presentation will explore best practices for teaching about genocide in the secondary classroom.  

10:00-10:55am | My Family, My Rwanda, My Life

Presenter: Emmanuel Turaturanye

Emmanuel was just 16 years old when, beginning April 7, 1994, approximately 1 million people, including over 100 members of Emmanuel's family, were murdered in just 100 days in Rwanda.  All the while, the world community not only stood by and watched, but UN and other forces withdrew, leaving so many defenseless in the face of genocide.

11:00-11:55am | Teaching for Peace: Lessons from Rwanda

Presenter: Brian Crawford, The Downtown School: A Lakeside School

This session will explore the role that teachers played in the polarization that led up to the Rwandan genocide. 


Luong Ung image12:00-1:00pm | Lunch & Learn - An Eyewitness Account of the Cambodian Genocide

Presenter: Loung Ung, Cambodian Genocide Survivor

Loung Ung is a bestselling author, public speaker, activist, and co-screenplay writer of First They Killed My Father, a critically acclaimed 2017 movie directed by Angelina Jolie, based on her memoir streaming on Netflix. Loung  was five years old when the Khmer Rouge army stormed into her city in April 1975, forcing her family to flee their home. For the next four years, the family hid their identities in order to survive. Without the protection of her family, Loung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, her siblings were sent to labor camps, and those who survived the horrors would not be reunited until the Khmer Rouge was destroyed.

1:15-2:15pm | Teaching about the Cambodian Genocide: Lessons and Resources

Presenters Kate Weckesser English and Kim Klett

This session will give educators the tools to teach the history and complexities of the genocide in Cambodia, using examples from testimonies and photo analysis.



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