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Humanizing the History of Genocide in the Classroom

Several images of Khmer people of all ages make up a collage. The central photo is of a smiling boy who is wearing a hat, jacket, and a long scarf.
Mon, 07/15/2024

July 15 - 8:30am - 3pm - Collaborative for Educational Services, 97 Hawley Street, Northampton, Massachusetts. Register.

This workshop is full. Email to get on a waiting list. 

This one and a half day professional development will focus on providing current materials and resources on genocide education, as mandated by the state of Massachusetts. Although we will discuss the Holocaust, this professional development will delve more deeply into lesser known genocides including the Armenian genocide by Ottoman Turks during World War I, the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia, and the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. We will also examine the legacy of colonization in the United States. 

Work with fellow Massachusetts educators. 
We will be joined by genocide survivors who will share their stories. 
Participating educators will develop lesson plans, with input and guidance from Kate.
In addition, participants who complete the work and attend all sessions will receive a $525 honorarium and 15 content-area PDPs. Participants will also share and be given model lessons and receive lesson planning guidance from Kate.

Course requirements include reading relevant articles, creating, submitting and revising lesson plans, and attending 1.5 days of on-site professional development. In the fall (date TBD) teachers will get together for an afternoon to share the lessons they developed and discuss how it was implemented in their history and social studies classrooms.

Teachers completing this workshop will gain knowledge of the stages of genocide and historical occurrences of genocide globally throughout history. Teachers will observe strategies for teaching about the difficult topic of genocide. They will apply what they learn in the workshop in developing and discussing a lesson plan on genocide for use in their classroom. 

Teachers will be provided an overview and history of the following as well as lesson and unit plans, materials and other resources on: the 1948 Genocide Convention, the ten stages of genocide, the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia, the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda, the legacy of colonialism upon the indigenous peoples of America, as well as human rights in current events.

Massachusetts teachers complete summer program and school-year sessions and project for a $525 honorarium and 15 content-area PDPs. 


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Kate Todhunter
Studying genocide around the world

Kate Todhunter has been teaching about the history of genocide for over twenty years at Northampton High School in Northampton, Massachusetts. She is also a lecturer at Smith College. Kate has been awarded teaching fellowships to Armenia and Rwanda and has led genocide education trips to Cambodia, Germany, Guatemala, and Poland. 






Sponsored by the Northampton Public Schools, Emerging America, and the Collaborative for Educational Services. 

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Made possible by a Genocide Education grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 


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