Friday, September 7, 2018

Book Discussion and Workshop Series: Hartford and Chester

Media Literacy and the Role of the Press in a Digital Age

Throughout our history, we have valued the role of a free press as a vital component to a democratic society. At the same time, this has often created a challenge for government leaders who wish to shape political messages and opinion. In this 4-part workshop/discussion series we will explore the role of the press, the relationships between presidents and the press, and how we can support students to become more critical consumers of media.

Session 1: What Does Freedom of Speech Really Mean?
Workshop and discussion

Session 2: Evaluating Sources in a Post-Truth World
Workshop on Civic Online Reasoning, Identifying Point of View in the Media

Session 3: Book Discussion: Newsgathering in an Authoritarian State
Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship by Anjan Sundaram A firsthand look at the rise of dictatorship and the fall of free speech.  Book supplied by Flow of History

Session 4:  The President and the Press
Film Discussion, All the President's Men, and Primary Source Inquiry

Registration Fee: $200 (Bad News supplied by Flow of History)

Workshop Location: Hartford Middle School, Hartford, VT
Dates: November 14, November 28, December 12, January 9
Times: 4:00 - 6:00 pm


Workshop Location: Green Mountain Union High School, Chester, VT
Dates: November 13, November 27, December 11, January 8
Times: 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Register Online Here

New Media Literacy Course

Preparing our Students to be Informed Citizens: 
Making Sense of the News Today

Join Flow of History for after-school workshops on improving your students’ media literacy and understanding of civic responsibility, followed by an evening talk that further illuminates the topic. Choose from three different dates and locations. These workshops are aligned with First Wednesday programs sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council on the theme “Democracy and the Informed Citizen,” and sponsored by the Vermont Alliance for the Social Studies. Each  workshop will include a reading and discussion component, as well as a hands-on classroom activity about civic online reasoning. A light dinner will be provided, with the evening speakers invited to join workshop participants as available.

See below for the list of dates and locations with the associated reading and evening presentation. Graduate credit (1) will be available from Castleton University for those who also attend the Vermont Alliance for the Social Studies conference on December 7 at The Equinox in Manchester, Vermont, where the keynote program will also address the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” theme and feature national journalist and Vermont native Garrett Graff.

Books will be mailed to participants after you register. Please bring a computer or tablet to the workshop for the civic online reasoning activity.

November 7:  Montpelier, VT

Teacher Workshop Time: 4:00 - 6:30
Workshop Location: Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street
Book: Nadine Strossen, Hate: Why We Should Resist it with Free Speech, Not Censorship, a cogent argument that serves as an excellent primer on the First Amendment.
First Wednesday Talk: News, “Fake News,” and Democracy in America, Former Senior Fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, Mark Potok
First Wednesday Location: Unitarian Church, 130 Main Street, Montpelier, 7:00 p.m.


December 5:  Rutland, VT

Teacher Workshop Time: 4:00 - 6:30
Workshop Location: Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street
Book: David Sanger, The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age, the story of America's move to using cyber as a key part of its arsenal in the broader context of its impact on both defense strategy and civil liberties.
First Wednesday Talk: Objectivity in the Fake News Era, Jane Lindholm, host of Vermont Public Radio’s “Vermont Edition”
First Wednesday Location: Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street, Rutland, 7:00 p.m.


February 6:  St. Johnsbury, VT

Teacher Workshop Time: 4:00 - 6:30
Workshop Location: St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main St. [to be confirmed]
Book: Anjan Sundaram, Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship, a firsthand account of press repression in contemporary Rwanda.
First Wednesday Talk: The News about the News, David Shribman (executive editor at the Pittsburg Post-Gazette and Cynthia Skrzycki (journalist and professor of English at the  University of Pittsburg.
First Wednesday Location: St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, 7:00 p.m.



Registration Fee:
$20 for single workshop (First Wednesday talks are free)
$330 for workshop with graduate credit (including registration for the VASS conference)
        Syllabus

Register online here


This program is supported in part by the Vermont Humanities Council, Thank you!



Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 Summer Institute

"Something never to be forgotten": Stories of Race and Identity

June 26 - 29, 2018
Grafton, Vermont



How do we have courageous conversations about race?

How do our own perceptions of identity influence our teaching?

How do we use history to prompt meaningful discussions about race and identity with students?

How do we help students become empathetic leaders and agents of change?


During the four days we will work with these questions and along the way explore stories that connect the enduring human condition to lessons that can be applied today. Stories will be drawn from:
  • The Underground Railroad
  • The Civil War 
  • Daisy Turner's Family History
  • Monuments and Memorials in our Communities
We will focus on discussion protocols to support courageous conversations and model inquiry approaches.  More details can be seen at the Summer Institute Website where we are working on final schedules.

Registration Fees:
This is a 4-day residential institute held at the Grafton Inn. Meals and the cost of lodging at the Grafton Inn are included in the $750 registration fee. Commuter registration fee is $550. Graduate credit is available from Castleton State University.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 15

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Underground Railroad Field Study at Rokeby Museum


Free and Safe

Join us for a day-long workshop on the Underground Railroad at the Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh, Vermont.

Date: April 30, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Registration Fee: $75 (includes lunch)



During this field study, we will learn about the experiences of Simon and Jesse, two fugitives from slavery who found shelter in Ferrisburgh in the 1830s. We will trace their stories from slavery to freedom, learn about the abolitionist Robinson family who called Rokeby home, and explore the turbulent decades leading up to the Civil War. Teachers will leave with primary sources to use in the classroom.

In the afternoon we will have a round-table discussion about the experiences of people of color in Vermont today and consider how the history at Rokeby can be used to spark discussions about the Black Lives Matter movement and other contemporary issues.

REGISTER HERE by February 15
Once we know who is registered, we will help with carpooling.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

2018 Summer Field Study on the Civil War


Field Study: The Civil War in Your Community

Date: July 9 - 11, 2018
Location: St. Gaudens, Cornish, NH
Registration Fee: $525 (2 graduate credits available for additional fee)


Day 1: The Civil War in Myth and Memory. What messages do monuments send? Why were Civil War monuments erected and how do the layered messages from the past impact society today? We will use monuments at St. Gaudens as a case study and hear from one teacher about how her high school students have wrestled with these questions.

Days 2 & 3: Learn how to develop a Project Based Learning unit on researching Civil War soldiers. We will investigate a graveyard, learn how to find primary sources online and in your community, and discuss creative ways for students to share their projects with the community. Considerable time will be available for individual work-time.

Register

Monday, November 20, 2017

Connecting Literature to the Social Studies Classroom

Location:  East Montpelier Elementary School
Dates: January 23 & January 30; 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Registration Fee: $100

In these two after school sessions, teachers will investigate primary sources connected to picture books on Abenaki and early settlement history of the region. Brush up on your early settlement era knowledge, learn strategies for helping students investigate primary sources, and develop writing tasks directly connected to the Common Core. Teachers will leave with primary source packets connected to each picture book. The day will focus on three topics:


The Abenaki
In Malian's Song, by Marge Bruchac, a young Abenaki girl recounts the 1759 English attack on her village. This session will use maps and early documents to explore the relationships between the Abenaki and English settlers.




Early Settlement
Giants in the Land, by Diana Applebaum, tells the story of the giant pines used for masts for the Royal Navy in the days of early settlement. Tricking the Tallyman, by Jacqueline Davies, is set in 1790 and tells the story of the dilemmas of the tallyman who must deliver a count of the citizens of Tunbridge, Vermont. In this session we will look at town charters, maps, and the first United States Census to understand settlement issues in Vermont and New Hampshire.



REGISTER HERE

Friday, November 17, 2017

Fake News and Informed Citizens: Strategies for Students and Teachers


The tools we’ve invented are handling us, not the other way around.--Sam Wineberg


  • Check for previous work: Look around to see if someone else has already fact-checked the claim or provided a synthesis of research.
  • Go upstream to the source: Go “upstream” to the source of the claim. Most web content is not original. Get to the original source to understand the trustworthiness of the information.
  • Read laterally: Read laterally.[1] Once you get to the source of a claim, read what other people say about the source (publication, author, etc.). The truth is in the network.
  • Circle back: If you get lost, or hit dead ends, or find yourself going down an increasingly confusing rabbit hole, back up and start over knowing what you know now. You’re likely to take a more informed path with different search terms and better decisions.
  • Who is behind the evidence?
  • What is the evidence?
  • What do other sources say?