Interpreting Slavery with Children and Teens (April 2023) - Virtual Workshop
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When a museum or historic site commits to doing school programs on the topic of enslavement, it makes a promise to past and future generations to do justice to the memory of long-silenced millions and raise awareness of the racist legacies of slavery in our society today. By engaging students in dialogue about slavery, they bring their prior knowledge, scaffold new knowledge, and create their own relevance – all while adults hear them and show respect for what they have to say. Based on the book Interpreting Slavery with Children and Teens at Museums and Historic Sites (Rowman and Littlefield, September 2021), this virtual workshop (two half-days) will cover pedagogically-sound and emotionally-aware techniques for developing school programs on the subject of enslavement and strategies for training and caring for the staff implementing the programs.
Day One (Thursday, April 6, 1:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern): Setting Ourselves Up for Success
- Overview of Framework for Interpreting Slavery with Children and Teens
- The Role of Race, Identity, and Historical Trauma in Developing and Implementing School Programs
- What does it mean to redefine the success of your school programs and who should be part of the development process?
- Brave Space v. Safe Space: How to Create a Brave Space for Student Visitors
- Staff Training and Support
Day Two (Friday, April 7, 1:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern): Exploring Age-Appropriate Teaching Techniques to Foster Empathy, Engagement, and Dialogue
- Empathetic Interpretive Strategies and Student-Centered Learning
- Engagement Strategies
SESSION DATES: April 6-7, 2023
COST: $100 AASLH Members / $200 Nonmembers /10% discount for STEPS participants with promo code found in the online STEPS Community
OPEN REGISTRATION: 25 participant limit.
FORMAT: Online via Zoom
LENGTH: Two 4-hour days
MATERIALS: All workshop materials are provided.
TECHNOLOGY: We recommend downloading the Zoom mobile or desktop app for this course. Participants will need access to internet and a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet to participate in this course. We recommend having access to a camera and a headset, earphones, or other audio and microphone device. Automatic captioning is available in the Zoom discussions.
CREDIT: Successful completion of this workshop will earn a Certificate of Completion from AASLH.
At the end of this workshop you will understand:
- The role of race, identity, and historic trauma in interpreting with students
- Strategies for redefining successful experiences with students
- Techniques for developing comprehensive and conscientious school programs that foster empathy, engagement, and dialogue
How to Register
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Kristin facilitates workshops for museums and historic sites on developing comprehensive and conscientious interpretation of slavery and speaks regularly at conferences. Clients include: George Mason’s Gunston Hall, multiple National Park Service sites, Historic Philadelphia, Morven Museum and Garden, Royall House and Slave Quarters, and Whitney Plantation. She is the co-editor, with James DeWolf Perry, of "Interpreting Slavery at Museums and Historic Sites," and author of articles on best practices in the interpretation of slavery. Kristin holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary history education from University of Vermont and a master’s degree in museum education from George Washington University.
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