Introductory Workshop

Teaching About Contested International Issues: The Choices Approach

8:30 am — 3:00 pm
Penn Museum
Philadelphia, PA

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

Participants will be immersed in the Immigration and the U.S. Policy Debate unit (provided) and will experience one lesson from the forthcoming Choices unit on The Syrian Civil War. Participants will receive a copy of the Syrian Civil War unit when it is completed in the summer.

Teachers will be introduced to the Choices Program’s award-winning resources and approach to teaching about contested issues and participate in a Global Guide Tour of the Penn Museum’s Middle East gallery and hear from the Penn Museum’s international classroom speaker Yaroub Al-Obaidi.

Participants will also network with exemplary colleagues in social studies education from across the area.

Co-Sponsored by: University of Pennsylvania’s South Asia Center, University of Pennsylvania’s Middle East Center, and The Penn Museum
Register $145Per Person

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


The workshop is appropriate for middle and high school history, social studies and humanities teachers.


Sarah McDowell

Choices Teaching Fellow
Sarah McDowell teaches high school world history and is the chair of the history department at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, PA.  Sarah has a JD from Georgetown University, a Masters in History from Villanova, and a BA from Connecticut College. Prior to becoming a teacher, Sarah was an attorney for the Public Defender's Office in Portland, Oregon. She was the Assistant Director of the Social Justice Research Academy at the University of Pennsylvania in the summer of 2017, and is a Brown Choices Teaching Fellow.
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