GLOS X0031-Empowering Students to Improve the World: Mindfulness and Global Lessons
This is a summer institute for K-12 and community college educators. In the morning, all participants will be learning about current research and application of mindfulness in education . In the afternoon, participants will be exposed to exceptional lessons with global content developed and presented by alumni of the National Education Association Foundation Global Learning Fellows. We will also be looking at resources such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how they can be used in all classrooms to help students take action. Dr Douglas Kennedy will be facilitating the morning sessions.
Dr. Kennedy is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, Level 2 CQ Certified Facilitator, and IDI Qualified Administrator. At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Kennedy has worked in both teacher education and in the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance’s Internationalizing Teaching and Learning cohort program, a year-long professional development program for faculty. In his current role, Dr. Kennedy works on building teacher capabilities in emotional regulation and culturally relevant pedagogy through mindfulness and reflective practices. Prior to the University of Minnesota, Dr. Kennedy taught high school social studies, AP US History, AP Macroeconomics, and IB Theory of Knowledge.
During the professional development morning workshop sessions, participants will deepen their understanding of intercultural competence through discussions on research, personal reflection, and experiential learning. A brief overview of the day’s activities are as follows:
*Debrief and interpretation of CQ multi-rater assessments
*Research overview and overview of intercultural competence
*Reflection and discussion of intercultural competence as it relates to teaching practices
*Experiential learning activities on intercultural competence and teaching
GLOS X0032-Teaching about Genocide
This week-long educator workshop will provide an introduction to the legal and social concepts of genocide, as well as historical and contemporary examples of genocide and mass violence, such as the Armenia, Cambodia, Rwanda, and Bosnian genocides and the Holocaust. Additional case studies will examine the current genocide against Rohingya and the genocide of Indigenous peoples in North America. Participants will build content and pedagogical knowledge to feel knowledgeable and confident teaching about genocide in both middle and high school classrooms.
Sessions will be facilitators by university professors, advanced Ph.D. students, and veteran educators. Participants will not only have the opportunity to engage in small group settings with these experts, but they will also listen to a Holocaust survivor and learn from the local Armenian, Cambodian, and Native American communities about the legacies of genocide and memorialization efforts. Participants will receive classroom resources, lesson and unit plans, and continuing education credit.
Any K-16 educator, pre-service teacher, graduate or undergraduate students interested in education and/or genocide, and community educators are invited to participate.