2020 K-12 Seminar
March 24-25, 2020
The Friday Conference Center
1.5 CEU offered
K-12 educators will gain relevant information and innovative approaches to teaching about global conflict and peacebuilding. Educators will be introduced to key themes, diverse resources and strategies for exploring these topics in the classroom.
Partners: $175 per person; $600 per team of four / Non-Partners: $200 per person; $700 per team of four
Schedule | Speakers | Concurrent Sessions | Exhibitors | Program Material | Lodging & Directions
|TUESDAY, MARCH 24|
|8:00 a.m.||Continental Breakfast|
Charlé LaMonica, Director, World View, UNC-Chapel Hill
Barbara Stephenson, UNC Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Chief Global Officer
NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall
|9:15 a.m.||Plenary I|
|10:15 a.m.||Plenary II: In a World of Conflict, How Educators Make Peace Possible
Ann-Louise Colgan, United States Institute of Peace
This year marking the 35th anniversary of its creation by Congress, the U.S. Institute of Peace is dedicated to preventing and resolving violent conflict and empowering people and institutions to build peace. Through its program work in conflict zones and its educational work across the U.S., it is helping make peace possible—including by equipping and inspiring educators who are making real change, and whose stories matter. This keynote will reflect on the importance of teaching peace in today’s world.
|11:15 a.m.||Concurrent Sessions I|
Plenary III: The World Becomes What We Teach
Zoe Weil, President and Co-founder, Institute for Humane Education
Imagine a world in which students learn how to collaboratively solve problems in their communities and the world. Imagine their eagerness to apply what they study in school to the issues they care most about. Imagine not only their sense of accomplishment and efficacy but also the impacts of their work on the future. Zoe Weil will offer a vision and concrete ideas for bringing solutionary thinking and action to youth so that they can become solutionaries for a just, healthy, and humane world.
|2:15 p.m.||Transition to Sessions|
|2:30 p.m.||Concurrent Session II|
|3:30 p.m.||Break and Transition to Sessions|
|3:45 p.m.||Concurrent Session III|
|4:45 p.m.||Adjourn for the day|
|WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25|
|8:00 a.m.||Continental Breakfast|
|8:30 a.m.||Plenary IV|
|9:30 a.m.||Plenary V|
|10:45 a.m.||Plenary VI|
|12:00 p.m.||Closing Remarks/Next Steps/Adjourn|
|Ann-Louise Colgan is the director of public education at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), where she has led the organization’s national outreach portfolio since 2010. Grounded in USIP’s original congressional mandate, her department is dedicated to increasing the American public’s understanding of international conflicts and nonviolent approaches that can be used to resolve them. Under her leadership, USIP has expanded its relationships across the country and now works with K-12 schools, as well as organizations and other contacts, in all 50 states. For more than two decades, Ann-Louise has worked in Washington, DC at organizations focused on global conflict and peace, and related themes. Her background includes research and policy work, as well as extensive experience in communications and public education. From human rights organizations to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, where she managed the high-level Genocide Prevention Task Force and subsequently served as director of the Museum’s Academy for Genocide Prevention, Ann-Louise developed and implemented plans to engage policymakers and educate a broad public audience on issues of peace and conflict and other global priorities. Ann-Louise holds a master’s degree in International Studies and a bachelor’s degree in European Studies.|
|Zoe Weil (pronounced Zoh Wile) is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE), where she created the first graduate programs in comprehensive Humane Education linking human rights, environmental preservation and animal protection offered online through an affiliation with Antioch University. IHE also offers a free Solutionary Guidebook, Solutionary Workshops and an award-winning resource center through its Center for Solutionary Change to help educators and changemakers bring solutionary practices to students and communities so that together we can effectively solve local and global challenges. Zoe is a frequent keynote speaker at education and other conferences and has given six TEDx talks including her acclaimed TEDx, “The World Becomes What You Teach.” She is the author of seven books including The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries; Nautilus silver medal winner Most Good, Least Harm, Moonbeam gold medal winner Claude and Medea and Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times. Zoe was named one of Maine Magazine’s 50 independent leaders transforming their communities in the state and is the recipient of the Unity College Women in Environmental Leadership award. She was also a subject of the Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait series and received the Distinguished Alumnae Achievement Award from the Nightingale-Bamford School. She holds master’s degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Valparaiso University.|
|Navin Bapat is a Professor in International Relations in the Department of Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. He received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 1998 and pursued graduate studies at Rice University, where he received an M.A. (2000) and a PhD (2004) in political science. Professor Bapat research interests include examining conflicts involving violent non-state actors, such as insurgencies and terrorist campaigns, using formal and empirical methods. Professor Bapat also is involved an ongoing project examining the use and the effectiveness of economic sanctions.|
|Dr. Curtis R. Ryan received his B.A. in History and Political Science from Drew University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from UNC-Chapel Hill. Professor Ryan served as a Fulbright Scholar (1992-93) at the Center for Strategic Studies, University of Jordan, in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and was twice named a Peace Scholar by the United States Institute of Peace. In addition to his contributions to Middle East Report, Dr. Ryan’s articles on Middle East politics have been published in the Middle East Journal, The British Journal of Middle East Studies, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, World Politics Review, Middle East Insight, Arab Studies Quarterly, Israel Affairs, Orient, Southeastern Political Review, Journal of Third World Studies, Middle East Policy and the Journal of Middle East Law and Governance. He is the author of three books: Jordan in Transition: From Hussein to Abdullah (Lynne Rienner, 2002), Inter-Arab Alliances: Regime Security and Jordanian Foreign Policy (University Press of Florida, 2009) and Jordan and the Arab Uprisings – Regime Survival and Politics Beyond the State (Columbia University Press, 2018).|
|Kane Smego is an international touring spoken word poet and hip hop artist, educator, and National Poetry Slam finalist. He is the Associate Director and an artist alumnus of Next Level, a cultural diplomacy program that sends American hip-hop artists around the world to use music and dance in promoting cultural exchange, artistic collaboration, and community building. Kane has performed, taught and managed programs with youth and adults of all ages across the U.S. and abroad on five continents. Kane’s one-man show, Temples of Lung and Air, is a work of hip hop theater that premiered at Playmakers Repertory Company in 2018, was featured at the United Solo Theatre Festival in NYC in 2019, and will run as a full production at the Detroit Public Theater in Nov-Dec of this year. As a recording artist, Kane has released multiple albums featuring his poetry and hip hop music. He also featured on Grammy Award-winner King Mez’s debut album My Everlasting Zeal, and topped the Spotify Viral 50 billboard in May 2017 featuring on the song North Cack with G Yamazawa. The music video for the song appeared on BET Jams and went on to win Best Music Video at the Hip Hop Film Festival in Harlem, NY. He has been a keynote speaker at various conferences, a TEDex presenter and performed at the Shriver Report Live hosted by Atlantic Magazine. Kane showcased mainstage at NACA West in 2014, as a lecturer at NACA Nationals 2017, and won Best Educational Session at NACA South 2017.|
Concurrent Session Presenters
|Rigoberta Menchú and the Fight for Indigenous Rights
Corin Zaragoza Estrera, Outreach Coordinator, UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Rigoberta Menchú is a K’iche’ Maya human rights activist from Guatemala who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992. During the Guatemalan Civil War, Menchú fought for indigenous peoples’ rights, and she continues this work today. Participants in this session will learn about the peacebuilding work that earned Menchú the Nobel Peace Prize, as well as examine a variety of literature, nonfiction, and primary sources that can be used to teach about her in the classroom.
|Resources for Teaching Global Conflict and Peacebuilding
Liz Bucrek, Carolina Navigators Program Manager, UNC Center for Global Initiatives
In this interactive session, you will learn how Carolina Navigators makes it easy for you to teach about global conflict and peace building in your classroom. An innovative service-learning program, Navigators works with UNC-Chapel Hill students with international expertise, to create FREE global education resources for K-14 educators and students across the state. Participants will go on a virtual and hands-on tour of available global education resources and participate in a model activity. Educators will have the opportunity to explore our Universal Human Rights and United Nations, African American History and Culture, World Religions, and Netherlands culture kits. In addition, you will become aware of playlists on the Navigators YouTube channel including Human Rights, Activism, Immigration and Refugees, World Religions, and Stereotypes and Single Stories, that you can use in your classroom. Finally, the presenter will share additional free online resources for sharing these important topics with your students such as Teaching Tolerance Film kits, Youth for Human Rights Education Package, Peace One Day, and the U.N. International Day of Peace.
|Saving Humanity: Perspective Through Service Learning is the Kryptonite of Global Conflict
Lara Hamlet, Instructional Coordinator, Island Montessori Charter School
Only one resource keeps Superman from saving humanity- kryptonite. Do you know the kryptonite of lessons in civic engagement designed to teach future youth how to save humanity from global conflict? Perspective. Maria Montessori said, “An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking; it involves the spiritual development of man, the enhancement of his value as an individual, and the preparation of young people to understand the times in which they live.” With service-learning woven into the subject matter, children are given the tools of perspective needed to practice skills of cultural competence. The difference between teaching children about being a human and understanding how to be a kind human is perspective. Peace education is truly no small undertaking and not achieved by just scratching the surface, but through deep-rooted lessons with cross-cultural and cross-curricular content. In this session, educators will gain trust in implementing service-learning, while deepening their understanding of the experiential learning continuum, as it relates to the scope and sequence of peace education. Educators will explore learning opportunities that are solution-focused in the development of tolerance and embracing the appreciation of differences being navigated with respect – all while academically challenging students.
|Global C3 Inquiries Through Global Conflict and Peacebuilding
Nada Wafa, Doctoral Student/Research and Teaching Assistant, College of Education, North Carolina State University
This session will cover a range of topics about global education and inquiry-based learning. It will introduce a new Global C3 hub that has been established through the C3Teachers.org platform, a network that serves 14,000 teachers in the United States, and has expanded to serve teachers globally across the world with the aim to have more teachers join in developing new inquiries and using existing inquiries in their classroom. Global C3 hub is a workspace that intends to collaborate with teachers all around the world to develop globally-relevant internationally focused C3 framework instructional practices materials that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, this session will provide a sample inquiry example about fossil fuels that can be used in your classroom, and demonstrate how to utilize the hub and download inquiry blueprints for various topics. The Global C3 hub is committed to building a strong global community and strengthening global education in the world to empower global citizens to take actions to live in a more sustainable world.
|Introduction to Peacebuilding- Case Study-Yemen
Fadia Thabet, Middle East and North Africa conflict analyst expert, focusing on al Qaeda and ISIS movement
This session will outline basic perspectives and approaches to frame conflict analysis for conflict transformation, using experiential activities and a global conflict and peacebuilding case study of Yemen. Through this interactive session, participants will learn how to apply conflict mapping/assessment and transformation lenses to a variety of conflicts.
|Powerful Proponents of Peace: Women Engaged in Peacebuilding in the Middle East & North Africa
Emma Harver, Outreach Coordinator, Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies
Data demonstrates that women’s participation in conflict resolution can improve outcomes before, during, and after conflict (Council on Foreign Relations, 2019). This session will focus on women in the Middle East and North Africa who are involved in peacebuilding efforts throughout the MENA region. Teachers will receive a brief overview about the power of women to build stable and resilient societies before exploring individuals and organizations active in peace work in the Middle East and North Africa. Teachers will receive a list of resources for teaching and learning about women peacebuilders in the Middle East, as well as other resources from the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.
Adam Furr, Social Studies Teacher, Wilkes County Schools, and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran
Students spend much of their time on the computer. This session explores ways to move students away from the computer and back into the community. We will explore how students use their best resource – their community – as a teacher. Through primary research including observations, participation and interviews, students can create compelling essays through a qualitative approach to understanding their subjects. Students improve their communication, social, problem-solving and technology skills. And, yes, they do get to use their smartphones! We will have an opportunity to look at portions of the documentary At a Stranger’s Table: An In-Depth Introduction to the East Coast Migrant Farmworker in which some of my humanities students participated in the interview process.
|Teaching About Global Conflict & Peace in a Discouraging World
Ann-Louise Colgan, Director of Public Education at USIP
Today’s world often seems rife with violent conflict, and “peace” can feel like a more remote and elusive concept than ever—but peacebuilding is happening every day, in very practical ways, and even in the most difficult circumstances. Finding ways to unpack complex situations, to look behind the headlines, to develop new perspectives and skills can all help encourage young people to engage with the world and can help them see how peace can be possible. This session will encourage educators to: deepen their own understanding of core concepts related to global conflict and peace; explore approaches to teaching about complex current crises around the world in ways that can help students begin to understand and envision ways to build peace; and discover lessons, activities, and other practical resources to engage students on this key content.
|Why Teach about the Holocaust in 2020?
Juanita Ray, Director of Teacher Workshops for Western NC, NC Council on the Holocaust
This session will ask participants to reflect on basic Holocaust history,understanding that it was a watershed event in the history of the world, while examining the choices that people, groups, and governments made during WWII. We will examine how democratic institutions are fragile and can be easily pulled apart by apathy and extremism. Best practice activities will include ways to help our students understand the ramifications of racism, stereotyping, and prejudice and why we continue to teach the lessons of the Holocaust in the twenty-first century. Expected Outcomes: 1. Understand that the Holocaust was a watershed event in world history and it happened because people, groups, and governments made choices. 2. Help students see the ramifications of hate, prejudice, and stereotyping and that words and actions do matter. 3. Understand that democratic institutions are not automatically sustained and that extremism is dangerous to democratic institutions.
|Exploring Economic and Political Conflict Through the Lens of Documentary Photography
Jenny Marvel, Head of School and Community Programs, Ackland Art Museum, UNC-Chapel Hill
During this interactive session, participants will investigate select images by internationally renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado and analyze some of the ways he has documented economic and political conflicts across the globe. Participants will discover teaching ideas to use with students in the classroom. Based upon the conversations and experiences with the works of art during the session, participants will consider more broadly the role works of art can play in classroom curriculum, whether relating to a specific discipline or multiple disciplines. Participants will also learn about Ackland Art Museum programs and resources available to K12 Educators and their students.
|Getting Students Excited about Researching Global issues
Matt Cone, Social Studies Teacher, Carrboro High School, Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools (and 1-2 students)
This session will explore strategies for engaging students in the study of a contemporary global issue and preparing them to present on facets of the issue that most interest them. Teachers who attend this session will gain an understanding of how to select issues that will particularly resonate with students, how to get students access to the most current and relevant news and scholarship on the issue, how to design a project that allows students to research a facet of the larger issue that interests them, how to assist students in arranging interviews with experts from around the world, how to guide students in synthesizing what they learned from their research, and how to present this research to an audience of community members. (9-12)