Hartford Seminary Hosts Middle East Teachers Workshop

Connecticut teachers and teachers-in-training converged on Hartford Seminary on Friday for a daylong workshop to gain resources and insights into teaching about the Middle East.

Hartford Seminary faculty and staff were joined by faculty members from the University of Hartford, Central Connecticut State University, the University of Connecticut and the University of Saint Joseph for the workshop, which was supported by a grant from the Hartford Consortium.

The day included ten different breakout sessions on topics ranging from “Creative Approaches to Studying the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” to “Teaching About Islam in Today’s Multicultural Classroom.”

Teachers also attended a pedagogy session on “How to Align Your Middle East Instruction with the State Social Studies Framework,” which included a talk by Stephen Armstrong, the State Social Studies Consultant.

The keynote address was given by filmmaker Ben Loeterman, who spoke about “1913: Seeds of Conflict” and showed clips from the film, which will be aired in June on PBS.



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