Introductory Workshop

Teaching about Contested Issues: The Choices Approach

8:30 am — 3:00 pm
Cohen College Prep
New Orleans, LA

Our workshops are completely interactive, so be ready to be engaged and inspired!

Participants will be introduced to the Choices Program’s award-winning resources and approach to teaching about contested issues and exploring multiple perspectives.

You will be immersed in the Immigration and the U.S. Policy Debate unit and will examine parts of the Freedom Now: Civil Rights in Mississippi  unit. Both units are provided. Participants will discuss ways to adapt these units to specific classroom goals.

Participants will also have the opportunity to network with colleagues in social studies education from across the state.

Hosted by Cohen College Prep.
Register $145Per Person

Workshop includes the two curriculum units, lunch, and a certificate of completion.

Partial scholarships are available. Contact Mimi Stephens for details.


Current issues, U.S. History, Geography, African-American Studies and other social studies educators are the main audience. Materials are appropriate for grades 7-12. Humanities teachers often use our materials and are encouraged to attend.


Torrence Williams

Torrence Williams is the 2017 High School Teacher of the Year for the state of Louisiana. He taught an array of Social Studies classes at West Feliciana High School in LA which included Civics, World History, World Geography, and Law Studies.  Torrence also worked in various other capacities such as homebound/outreach teacher, mock trial sponsor (State runner up for 2016), Beta sponsor, SADD sponsor, and Interact sponsor.  He has presented at several Louisiana Council for Social Studies conferences and National Council for the Studies conferences. He is currently an Assistant Principal at Bains Elementary School in West Feliciana. 
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